Monday, August 19, 2013

Paleo Swedish Meatballs

So, I came up with the idea for this meal a few days ago when I had a pound of ground beef and no other creative meal ideas.  I forgot how much we love Swedish meatballs!  I found a few recipe ideas and decided to use this one as my main inspiration.  The meatballs ended up being super yummy, and the gravy was surprisingly fantastic.  It is always a bit difficult to make a good sauce with Paleo ingredients, but the arrowroot powder was a perfect thickener.  All in all, this was a very enjoyable meal!  Here is what I did:

Paleo Swedish Meatballs
(serves 3-4)
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 T olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t parsley
  • 1 c beef or chicken broth
  • 1 T arrowroot powder
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil.  Toss in the diced onion and saute for 5-10 minutes, until soft.  In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with the cooked onions, almond flour, egg, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and parsley.  Form the mixture into little meatballs (mine were about 1 1/2 in diameter) and place them on a baking pan/sheet.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. 

While the meatballs are baking, heat the same skillet back to medium heat.  Add the broth and arrowroot powder to the skillet and whisk together until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.  Once the meatballs are out of the oven, add them (and the meatball juice) to the sauce to coat them, then serve!

These are great with a veggie side, and would also be nice with some zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.  Try them out, and enjoy!

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