Tag Archives: meatballs

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs

Turkey meatballs are slow cooked in Thai peanut sauce, then served over rice & topped with fresh cilantro, carrots & peanuts in this tasty rice bowl recipe!

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs

Earlier this week, I was dreaming of my favorite Thai Peanut Sauce, and thinking of new recipes that I could incorporate the sauce into. During this dreaming/brainstorming process, I was also cooking up Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs for the Cox Smart Home event I was catering and Snapchatting live from this week.

That’s when I got the idea for Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs!

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Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Pork Meatballs

Jerk Chicken & Pork Meatball Recipe

I was excited by the idea of Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Pork Meatballs, but the actual result was even better than I imagined!

If you haven’t tried Caribbean Jerk Seasoning before, it’s a Jamaican hot spice mixture, generally rubbed on pork or chicken. In this meatball recipe I combined both pork and chicken with a Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Paste that I have absolutely fallen in love with!

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Wellington

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Recipe

You know the old saying “two heads are better than one”? Well, nowadays, I’d really have to agree with that!

Ever since I started dating my boyfriend Kurt, he’s given me some great recipe ideas, including this one for Meatball Wellington, which might just be his best one yet!

Juicy, flavorful Italian sausage meatballs, filled with fresh, gooey mozzarella cheese, all wrapped up in buttery, flakey puff pastry dough, it really doesn’t get much better!

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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs & Marinara

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs & Marinara Recipe

If you regularly shop at Trader Joe’s, then I’m sure you have your favorite (or list of favorite) Trader Joe’s products, we all have them, my list includes their apricot stilton cheese, peanut butter granola bars and soy chorizo.

I recently found out that Kurt’s favorite item is their Mini Raviolis. Unlike most packaged raviolis that you find in the refrigerator section of the grocery store, Trader Joe’s sells theirs in the dry packaged pasta section.

The first time we ate them for dinner, I couldn’t help but thinking of Chef Boyardee cans of mini raviolis with meatballs, so I decided to recreate this childhood favorite in a slow cooker recipe that takes the dish out of the can and into a fresh, flavorful recipe that’s  easy to make and sure to be a favorite for the whole family!

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Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

In this easy recipe, Swedish Meatballs are slow cooked in a delicious sauce, then served as an appetizer or over pasta for dinner.

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Where do my recipe ideas come from? A question I am asked quite regularly, and to be honest, I always answer the same, the ideas come from everywhere!

Sometimes it’s recipe inspiration from a restaurant, or recent trip, sometimes it’s a recipe twist on an old family favorite, and sometimes, it’s a direct request from the boyfriend, i.e. Swedish Meatballs!

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Chinese Orange Glazed Meatballs

Chinese Orange Glazed Meatballs

After 4 ½ years of blogging and over 700 recipes, Gluten Free Orange Chicken is still my brothers favorite recipe on the blog! I can’t blame him though, that orange sauce is to die for, which is why I decided that in 2016 I need to find new recipes to incorporate the sauce into!

The first new recipe I decided to try with the sauce is, you guessed it, Orange Glazed Meatballs!

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Cheesy Taco Sausage Balls

Cheesy Taco Sausage Balls Recipe

If there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s how to throw one heck of a party!

Whether it’s my annual Superbowl or Christmas/Birthday Cocktail Party, or just a random football watch party, I go all out on the food and fun!

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Asian Lamb Meatballs in Green Curry Sauce

Asian Lamb Meatball in Green Curry Sauce Recipe

Ever since my first dining experience at Shophouse, I’ve been dreaming of the delicious bowl I built there consisting of green curry sauce on pork and chicken meatballs with rice noodles.

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BBQ Meatball Sub

BBQ Meatball Sub Recipe

Growing up, I loved to put BBQ sauce on everything! Maybe it was the sweetness of the sauce, or maybe the fact that I grew up in the south, but either way, I loved it!

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Buffalo Turkey Meatball Subs

Buffalo Turkey Meatball Sub Recipe

Grilled turkey meatballs… smothered in buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing… on a toasty bun… it’s the sandwich that every other sandwich wishes it was 😉

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Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs

Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs

A few months ago I had my first real Korean BBQ experience at an authentic Korean restaurant with a Korean family, like no one spoke English and I had no idea what I was eating half the time, lol!

My bestie PK is Korean, his family was in town visiting and they invited me to come along for the real Korean BBQ experience.

My mind… or should I say my taste buds… were blown!

The smell and taste of the flavorful meats and sauces were out of this world!

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Chicken Curry Meatballs with Coconut Vindaloo Sauce

Chicken Curry Meatballs with Coconut Vindaloo Sauce

At the beginning of April, I started working with a new client on the blog, Spicely Organics.  I reached out to Spicely about working together because I love that all of their spices are certified gluten free and organic, and contain no salt, sugar or fillers!

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Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Gluten Free Greek Meatballs

Last week I had the craving for meatballs… and Greek food… hence Greek Meatballs!

Greek Meatballs

I combined some of my favorite spices from my Greek Moussaka recipe with delicious feta cheese and ground beef, then paired the meatballs with a flavorful Tzatziki Sauce and served them to friends at an NBA playoff watch party I hosted!

They were a hit and will definitely be served at my next party!

Greek Meatball Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 small tomato (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg

Begin by combining the ground beef, onion, garlic and tomato in a large bowl.

Greek Meatballs

Next, add the cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper and ground cloves.

Greek Meatballs

Finally add the feta cheese, parmesan, breadcrumbs and egg, then combine well.

Greek Meatballs

Form the mixture into meatballs.

Grilled Greek Meatballs

Grill over medium heat for 20 minutes, flipping half way through.

Grilled Greek Meatballs

If you do not have a grill available (or this sweet meatball griller), you can also bake the meatballs in the oven at 400° for 20 minutes.

While the meatballs are grilling prepare the sauce by combining:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Remove the meatballs from the grill or oven and serve with the sauce.

Gluten Free Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Skewer the meatballs for serving at a party or serve for dinner with a Greek salad and pita bread with hummus!

Gluten Free Greek Meatball Recipe

Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Meatballs

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute “veggie crumbles” for the ground beef.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Use Gluten Free Breadcrumbs to make this recipe gluten-free.

Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 18 meatballs

Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 small tomato (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • ¼ cup Mary’s Gone Crackers Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Enzo Garlic Olive Oil
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the ground beef, onion, garlic and tomato in a large bowl.
  2. Next, add the cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper and ground cloves.
  3. Finally add the feta cheese, parmesan, breadcrumbs and egg, then combine well.
  4. Form the mixture into meatballs.
  5. Grill over medium heat for 20 minutes, flipping half way through.
  6. If you do not have a grill available, you can also bake the meatballs in the oven at 400° for 20 minutes.
  7. While the meatballs are grilling prepare the sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  8. Remove the meatballs from the grill or oven and serve with the sauce.
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Italian Meatballs with Tomato Basil Marinara

 

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For Sunday “Italian Family Dinner” last week I served up these delicious beef and pork combination Italian meatballs alongside my Ricotta Filled Arancini.

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I served them as a main course with my Tomato Basil Marinara for dipping, but they could also be served with toothpicks as hors d’oeuvre’s at a holiday party, or any time of the year!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian pork sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

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Form into 1/4 cup sized balls.

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Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.

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See how quick and easy that was to make homemade meatballs! No need to ever buy the frozen store-bought kind again!

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♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute veggie crumbles for the ground beef and pork to make “veggie-balls”.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Purchase gluten-free breadcrumbs or use gluten-free rice Chex cereal put through a food processor to form a fine crumb mixture.

Wedding Food Done Right

I’m fortunate enough to be spending 10 days in Arizona and Miami attending a friend’s wedding, Thunder basketball game, lounging on the beach and of course, enjoying some fabulous food! I will not be posting any new recipes this week, but I will be posting about my vacation food adventures from coast to coast!

I don’t consider myself a “food snob” but I definitely differentiate good food, from great food, from amazing food! In general I feel that most food at weddings is good at best!

This was not the case last night when I attended my friend Krystal’s wedding in Arizona. The wedding was catered by my best friends family who owns a chain of amazing pizzerias in Arizona that I’ve mentioned before, Jimmy and Joe’s. They went all out for Krystal’s wedding as she has been a friend of the family for almost a decade and they wanted this to be their gift to her.

As a chef I realize the difficulties of making a full dinner for almost 200 guests, but every wedding caterer should take some notes from this man.

Yup, the man behind the meat is Terry Black, the founder and owner of Jimmy and Joe’s Pizzeria. He’s been written up in Pizza Today about being a “visible manager” which discussed his community involvement and being on the front line of all his restaurants. Jimmy and Joe’s is a family business and my best friend (Terry’s daughter) runs one of the locations and is heavily involved in the expansion of the business. Every once in a while you’ll also catch a glimpse of the other Black woman, Mary, and Saturday’s wedding was no different, check out all the Black’s in action!

Now let’s get to that delicious food they are cooking up back there!  Terry is seen above slicing the most juicy, tender prime rib I’ve ever had!  This main dish was served with a caesar salad, which I topped with the lemon chicken they had also prepared. Oh my gosh, it was so flavorful and moist!  I feel that usually chicken made in bulk is dry and flavorless but this was so far from either of those things, loaded with lemon and garlic flavors and olive oil to keep the chicken moist it was the perfect topping on my caesar!  They also served penne pasta with marinara and meatballs, because of course Italian is their bread and butter! I could have eaten 100 of those meatballs!

This was my one plate of food piled up. Yes I only had one plate.  Yes I wanted three more. No I wouldn’t have been able to fit in my dress anymore if I had eaten three more hence why I didn’t!

Meatball = Joy!

Someday when I start cooking for more than a dozen friends I’m going to call up Terry Black for pointers!

If you’re in the greater Phoenix area on Tuesday stop by Jimmy and Joe’s Mesa location and find me interviewing the manager Miss Amy Black for another fabulous LLB video post! We’ll be talking about how the pizzerias came to be, their mission and most importantly how they make that amazing pizza of theirs SO GOOD!!!