Friday, September 2, 2011

Paleo Swedish Meatballs

Ah delicate, so time consuming, so delicious.   Normally when I decide to make meatballs,  I add a ton of fresh herbs and spices, so they're colorful and flavor packed.  Swedish meatballs have a much milder flavor, and are delicious with ligonberry jam (or any other fruit for that matter, I had some currant on hand).

I adapted this recipe from this month's Bon Appetite magazine, and while you can eat these twice as fast as you can prepare them, you can still be transported to Ikea (er, Scandanavia) for a savory little treat.

1 cup almond meal
2 1/3 c chicken stock
1 onion, diced
2 thick sliced bacon
1 lb grass fed ground beef
1 lb ground pork
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 tbs arrowroot

Mix almond flour and 1/3 c stock in a large bowl and set aside.  In a very large skillet or dutch oven melt a little butter and saute the onions.  Remove those and add to the almond meal, then cook bacon in the same pan.  Remove bacon, drain and crumble into the onions and almond meal. Add beef, pork, eggs, salt, pepper, allspice and nutmeg to the bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.  Roll into small balls. 

Melt a tbs or so of butter in the pan, and brown all sides of the meatballs (you might have to do a couple batches).  After you've browned them all, add the arrowroot to the pan and whisk until it forms a paste.  Add the remaining stock, scraping up all the good bits on the bottom of the pan, and bring to a simmer.

Return the meatballs to the pan and cook another 5-6 minutes (depending on the size of your meatballs). If you like a thicker gravy, remove the meatballs and let the sauce reduce for another 4-6 minutes.  


Lisa said...

These are fantastic! Thanks for the recipe. I found the meatballs a little mushy, so I added some more almond meal, but it could just have to do with some improper measurements on my part - cooking with a 5 mo and a toddler is tough on the best of days.

Love the blog.

Seaside Kitchen said...

Lisa - something I've noticed about almond meal is every brand is SO different. I should put a little note about experimenting with different brands!


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