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Lemon Thyme Meatballs

This may be a controversial statement but spaghetti and meatballs just doesn’t do it for me.

I mean, it is a good meal-don’t get me wrong-but it is pretty boring. I have made spaghetti and meatballs probably only two times in the two and a half years we have been married. It just isn’t a meal that I would choose to eat very often, so I don’t make it.

The idea of meatballs is a great meal or appetizer though. It is kind of like a mini meatloaf that is in a ball shape. You can really mix up the flavors that you put into it. This combination of zesty lemon and thyme is a classic flavor combination and it taste wonderful rolled into a little bite sized meatball.

I make this meal gluten free by making my own gluten free bread crumbs.  You know how you pay $5+ for a loaf of gluten free bread?  And then that ridiculously expensive loaf of bread starts to get hard before the week is even over?  I feel your frustration.  When that starts to happen I just throw the almost stale bread into a freezer safe ziplock storage bag and freeze it.  Then whenever I need breadcrumbs I just throw a few slices into my food processor to pulse it up into bread crumbs.  Gluten free bread is expensive so you have to make the most of every slice!  This is a good tip for even those of you who are gluten eaters!

I like to serve these Lemon Thyme Meatballs over my Creamy Lemon Risotto. (Please excuse the awful picture and awful format, it was one of my very firsts posts!)  It is a great pairing and a wonderful switch up from pasta.

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Shake up your average spaghetti and meatballs by making my Lemon and Thyme Meatballs with risotto tonight!

Lemon Thyme Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated on microplane
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • ¼ cup gluten free soy sauce (LaChoy is gluten free)
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. (I just use my hands, it makes it fun!)
  3. Use a small ice cream scoop to ensure the same amount of beef in every meatball, and roll each scoop into a ball shape.
  4. Place all the meatballs on a sprayed baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the meatballs are well browned.
  5. Serve over risotto and enjoy!


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