More Meatballs, Mom!


As I was writing a list of what I needed to cook for this week’s holiday celebrations, it reminded me that I had not yet shared a recipe with you!  Several people had asked me to post a recipe from our Top 8 Allergen-Free Halloween party and since I am using one those recipes for Christmas Eve at my Gramma’s house, I thought I would share it with you.

When Gino first bit into one of these meatballs, he brought his hands up to his face and put them on his cheeks.  He looked up to me and asked, through an ear-to-ear grin, “Mommy, if I eat all of these, can you make more?”

Mom’s Meatballs

3 lbs ground round 

1 medium white onion finely chopped

5 crushed garlic cloves

1/3 cup Minute Instant Brown Rice

1/4 cup Glutino Gluten-free Breadcrumbs

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp seasoned salt

1/2 tsp onion salt

2 shakes of oregano

5 shakes of basil

10 twists of black pepper from pepper grinder

1/4 tsp crushed red chili peppers

4 TBSP Rice Dream Organic Original Rice Drink

Make sure that all of these ingredients are well-mixed, but use caution not to overwork the meat! Roll the meat into inch-round balls. Place them on a cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. (I like to use a deeper cookie sheet so that grease doesn’t drip into the oven. So, wait, if the cookie sheet has sides, is it still called a sheet?) Bake them at 350° for about 25 minutes, rotating them occasionally. Time may vary; assure that they are browned nicely.

I plan on putting them in a Crockpot that I will plug into the car (see, I found a use for that A/C converter that failed us at the tailgate!)  So when we get to Gramma’s, the meatballs will be warm and ready for us to enjoy.

And yes, Gino, if you eat them all, I will make more!

Happy and safe holidays, friends.


SAFETY NOTE:  Although this recipe is meant to be top eight (cow’s milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish) allergen-free, I cannot guarantee that all of the products that I have used will remain top eight allergen-free.  I encourage you to always read food labels thoroughly each and every time you use a product as ingredients and manufacturing practices may change without warning. Please omit and/or substitute any ingredients that are unsafe for you or your family members for ingredients that are safe.  If you need help finding substitutions, please let me know and I will do my best to help.  If you have questions about whether a particular food is safe for you or your family members, please contact your physician.

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6 Responses to More Meatballs, Mom!

  1. Michelle says:

    I can’t wait to try these, and I’ll let you know how they turn out. I am always on the lookout for new meal ideas. :)

    • Sarah says:

      For sure let me know how they turn out for you! We ate them Christmas eve and they were a bit hit! I’ll keep the recipes coming…
      Thank you for reading,

  2. Marisa Nachman says:

    I love them too

  3. Cristine says:

    I’m excited to try out your recipe! I have a question, though.
    “1/3 cup Minute Instant Brown Rice” – is this cooked or uncooked?

    • Sarah says:

      Christine, Great question! It is 1/3 cup uncooked. It does give a tiny bit of crunchiness to the meatball, so don’t cook them at too high of heat because the rice does need to soften up. I have considered trying them cooking the rice before as well. Hope you like them!

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