Until recently, meatballs have not been a regular occurrence in my family dinners. Mainly because I’m lazy and it was always so much easier to just brown up the ground beef versus taking the time to roll meatballs. In fact, the few times I did make spaghetti and meatballs I bought frozen meatballs! I seriously doubted my ball making skills.
When we decided to go low carb, I had a hard time coming up with ways to include ground beef into our meals that weren’t bunless hamburgers. We tried a few things, like burger salads (which are delicious), low carb shepard’s pie, and various zucchini and cabbage “pastas”. Eating low carb (or Keto), has seriously upped my cooking game. We’re no longer eating processed/pre-packaged food (well, not much anyway), so out of necessity I don’t exactly consider myself a lazy cook anymore. You can’t be lazy when you now spend double or triple the time you did before in the kitchen! I will admit that I do try to find shortcuts when possible though. Like in the recipe below, I bought mozzarella already shaped into little pearls, rather than taking the five minutes to cut a hunk up myself. Because if I can save five minutes I will!
We kept coming back to the burger salads because they’re so damn good, but I get tired of the same thing all the time. I then came across a post on Reddit/keto where someone had put mozzarella inside their meatballs. Inside! I’m a simple woman and this blew my mind.
So I set to work. The first time I made this dish, I only used salt and pepper as spices and we all found it lacking. The next time I added Italian seasoning. This helped, but it was still missing something. I knew what I wanted to add though. Parmesan cheese! Knowing I pretty much had a winner this time, I took pictures of the process for this post.
And I was right! The meatballs were perfect! The flavor is a delicious mix of meat and cheese that even had my youngest son cleaning the plate! He never does that!
So here is my very first recipe for my blog! If you want to skip the instructions with the pictures, and just want the written recipe, click here.
Low Carb Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
–4 lbs ground beef
–1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
–2 tbsp Italian seasoning
–2 tbsp garlic powder
–1 tbsp Morton’s Lite Salt
–1 tbsp black pepper
–180 grams mozzarella (bought or cut into small pearls)
Some of you might be wondering at the 4 pounds of meat. For one, I’m feeding a family of four. I have two men in my life who eat like, well, men. I have to have a lot of food on hand, at all times. Actually, one of them is a teenage boy, so he’s basically a bottomless pit. The other reason I make so much is so that my husband and I have lunches for the following day (or two). As it so happens in this case though, this recipe was so good that everyone wanted it for dinner again the next night, and there was plenty for us to do that. So if you only need a meal for one night, or you have less people to feed, halve or quarter the recipe.
In addition, I only used one container of the mozzarella pearls. I’ll have to either make these again (no real hardship), or figure out something else to do with them.
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a large bowl, add the first seven ingredients.
3. Mix well by hand.
4. Taking a large handful of meat, create a ball.
5. Place 2 – 3 mozzarella pearls in the middle, and form the meat around them, sealing your ball. Repeat as many times as needed, forming balls to the size you want. For this recipe I made 24 large meatballs.
6. Place meatballs in a large oven-safe pan.
7. Bake, uncovered at 350, for 30 minutes or until desired doneness.
No one wants to just eat meatballs though, so we put them on a bed of romaine lettuce and sprinkled some shredded Parmesan on top. Because you can never have too much cheese. The next night I paired it with some caulimash (recipe coming soon, but google is your friend if you can’t wait). Next time I make these I will have to try it with some zoodles (zucchini “pasta”). If you are not on a low carb diet, these would also go great with spaghetti, but you might want to watch the calorie count – maybe make smaller meatballs or only serve two meatballs.
Nutritionally these are perfect for a low carb keto meal. Each meatball came to about 158 calories, 1 gram net carbs, 19 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fat. I used the MyFitnessPal recipe creator to calculate nutritional information. Nutritional values may change based off the ingredient brands you use, and of course, the size/number of meatballs you make.
By the way, I am aware that once I put these on top of salad, I basically ended up with a burger salad. *sigh* At least, visually, it looks classier!
So that’s it for my very first recipe! I’ll try to get better with the picture taking, and I hope my instructions were okay. Let me know what you guys think in the comments! I hope you enjoy!
Please don’t mind the mess.
Meatball recipe minus the story:
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