Homemade Meatballs

Since buying a share of a cow, my family has a freezer full of ground beef, and I finally decided to do something more creative with it than just making hamburgers.  I made meatballs!  They’re pretty much small, well-seasoned, spherical hamburgers, but I made them even more exciting by making them for breakfast.

Raw Meatball CloseupI took one pound of ground beef and mixed in leftover sauteed peppers and onions, some fresh onion, fresh garlic, chopped parsley, salt, pepper, and some other spices.  I mixed them up into little balls while I heated a pan with bacon fat in it.

Beautiful Cooking - Salt on TopThen I browned the meatballs on all sides and even sprinkled a little extra salt on top.

Side CookingWith such good, fresh beef, I could have left the meatballs a little rare in the middle, but I wanted to cook them all the way through to make them more like traditional meatballs.  Once the outsides were browned, I threw the pan in the oven for a few minutes after basting the meatballs with some of the rendered beef and bacon fat pooling in the pan (to keep them flavorful and moist).

5When they were finished, I served them atop a pile of braised kale so that it was almost like a meatball on top of spaghetti.  It was a great Paleo twist on a classic dish.

4I apologize for the repeat picture; I’ve been experimenting with different levels of flash and lighting and couldn’t decide which of the two was better.  Let me know what you think!



One Response to “Homemade Meatballs”
  1. Mom says:

    I like the second photo better – you can see the beef more clearly. And now I want a meatball sub – your blog always makes me hungry!

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