Saturday, February 18, 2012

Italian Meatballs gluten-free & dairy-free

Italian meatballs are a great way to take a regular spaghetti night and make is something special. These meatballs are very easy to make and they are good enough for company.

2 lbs ground beef
1/4 cup white rice flour
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 eggs

* Italian sauce of your choice, and gluten free pasta for serving
* makes approximately 24 meatballs

Mix all of the seasoning together in a mixing bowl including the rice flour. Using your hands mix the ground beef and seasonings together until incorporated. Add the eggs and mix again using hands. Once all ingredients are thoroughly mixed set aside.
In a large saucepan or dutch oven warm the italian sauce over medium heat with a lid until barely simmering. Do not boil the sauce because it may scorch.
In a large skillet heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Using hand roll a small about of the ground beef into 2" balls - about the size of a golf ball. Place in skillet and repeat. You can cook 10 or so meatballs at one time in a large skillet - do not overcrowd the pan. Using tongs turn the meatballs periodically and make sure to cook on all sides. When the meatballs are completely browned on all sides transfer them one by one into the simmering sauce to finish cooking through. Repeat with the rest of the ground beef.
Once the meatballs are browned and simmering in the sauce you can let them simmer in the large pot on low for up to 1 hour until you are ready to eat. Take this time to prepare the pasta as instructed on the package.

* These meatballs are great for the freezer. If I want to make a large batch for the freezer I will follow the ingredients above, form the balls, then place on a rimmed oiled baking sheets and bake in a 350 oven for 20-25 minutes or until completely cooked through. Then when they are cooled transfer them to a ziploc bag or foodsaver bag. Keep in your freezer for a quick dinner. You can then put the frozen meatballs directly into a simmering pot of sauce, or put frozen meatballs and sauce into the crock pot and let them simmer and warm together for dinner later in the day.


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