Meaty Meatballs - KetoVore Style!
I had another busy weekend preparing all sorts of food for the next work trip which I will share with all of you starting tomorrow! Before that, I really wanted to share with ya'll my dinner from last night. As ya'll might know by now, I am trying to eat with just animal products to hopefully and eventually heal my RA naturally to a certain point. Well, I can't believe it but I have gone past the 30 day mark and no one was more surprised than me! After that milestone, I did start adding in some other carnivore approved foods to see how my body reacts to them. One, being dairy. So far, I am consuming it in moderation but last night was one of those days that I wanted something rich and delicious. I have been wanting to make homemade meatballs in my air fryer for awhile now and yesterday was the day!
I even made a quick video because I was so excited to test and try this...it's been rambling around my head for a bit since traditionally I would make my meatballs with onions, bread and milk to make them tender and not dry. Of course, I couldn't do that in this case due to all the carbs. This is what I came up with and I have to tell ya'll...they were DELICIOUS!
Now, you can top these babies with any sauce of your choice. Most would choose a yummy marinara (I recommend Rao's!) but since I am still more on the Carnivore side of things, I am still avoiding vegetables. I made a quick version of an Alfredo sauce which basically consisted of melted butter, cream and parmesan cheese. I have been adding more seasonings than just the salt that I was on for the first 30 days. So I added some garlic powder and freshly cracked black pepper to both the meatballs and the sauce. You can certainly add more seasons or less depending on where you are at in your own journey. If I wasn't committed to this lifestyle, I would add spaghetti too!
Here is the line up of the ingredients for the meatballs. I used a combo of ground beef and ground pork. The beef I used was a 80/20 blend to get more fat in. I also used my precious supply of Pork Panko which is essentially just ground up pork rinds and zero carbs. It adds more binding to these meatballs in place of breadcrumbs and as an added bonus, adds more fat too to keep these meatballs tender. The other thing that I put in these meatballs was freshly ground parmesan. I like to grind it in my mini prep food processor and like to keep it a semi-large grind so it also works as a binder and maximizes flavor. Always keep the rind for future bolognese sauces! Besides that, I stuck with the same seasonings that I used in my sauce with the addition of crushed red pepper because I like a bit of heat in my food!
I, of course, used my trusty air fryer and they turned out super good! They held their shape and they were not dry at all! Lots of flavor even with the minimal amount of ingredients. These will definitely be making the rotation of foods that I will be eating! I hope that you get a chance to make these and if you aren't following the keto/carnivore way of life, you can add in finely diced onions and fresh herbs. Instead of the pork panko, add in bread that you hand shred and some milk. They will be delicious!
Meaty Meatballs (KetoVore Style)
1 lb ground beef (80/20)
1 lb round pork
1/3 cup pork panko
1/3 cup large grind parmesan (cut up and grind in a mini prep food processor)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients using a fork or with clean hands. Mix well until everything is mixed thoroughly.
Hand form meatballs into desired size. Mine were about golfball sizes.
Pre-heat your air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes. Once pre-heated, layer meatballs in a single layer so that they are not touching and have plenty of room. Cook at 400F for 8 to 10 minutes depending on your air fryer and the size of your meatballs you might need more or less time. Check on them halfway and give the basket a shake.
Once done, serve in a bowl alone or with your favorite pasta topped with your sauce of choice. For an extra touch, add your meatballs to a small glass, oven safe dish and top with your sauce and some extra cheese and put back in the air fryer for a few minutes to melt into a yummy delicious cheese crust!
I have a ton of leftovers so I don't have to worry about cooking for a little bit. I also froze some of the meatballs prior to cooking so I can just pop them in the air fryer frozen when I am in the mood for something super fast! Can't get much better than that!