Basil Garlic Meatballs

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September 22, 2013 by Sam

Meatballs can be a versatile dish, depending on what you serve them with. Think outside the conventional box, past spaghetti & meatballs, and let’s make these meatballs primal! Most meatballs contain bread crumbs so I’ve tried making meatballs with just meat & egg, but the texture wasn’t quite right. That’s where we bring in the walnut meal! The egg & the walnut meal bind all the ingredients together and keep the meatballs nice & moist.

You can serve these meatballs as an appetizer, covered in tomato sauce on top of thin sliced zucchini for a primal spaghetti & meatballs, with broth & veggies for an easy soup, or just by themselves. I served ours recently with Twice Baked Cauliflower & a salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette.

Basil Garlic Meatballs Meal-Primal Noms

How will you eat yours?

Basil Garlic Meatballs

Basil Garlic Meatballs-Primal Noms

Makes: 32 meatballs

1 cup walnuts

2 lbs. ground beef

2 eggs

1 small red onion, diced

6 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground pepper

Olive oil

In a Vitamix/blender/food processor, grind the walnuts into walnut meal (sand like texture).

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In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients (except the olive oil) and mix with hands.

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Scoop heaping tablespoons of the mixture and form balls by rolling in between the palms of your hands.

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Drizzle some olive oil to cover the bottom of a skillet & heat to medium low. Add the meatballs and cook for 6-8 minutes, turning the meatballs once. Cook in batches to be sure not to overcrowd the skillet.

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