Too Tasty Meatballs from Everyday Paleo

It seems unlikely that none of us has posted on these before.  Susan’s been making them for months and telling me to make them.  When I visited her a couple of weeks ago, she served me these for lunch, and I was convinced to try them – and I nominate these for the “All Star” category!

Too Tasty for Super Bowl Sunday Meatballs

Here is the recipe from Everyday Paleo:


1.5 lbs ground beef

½ cup dried unsweetened cherries, finely diced

5 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup diced cilantro

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ tablespoon Garam Masala

Dash or two of cayenne pepper

Black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons coconut oil


1 6oz can tomato paste

1 can coconut milk

5 green onions, diced

1 ½  teaspoons Garam Masala

½ teaspoon sea salt

Pan drippings from meatballs

Using your hands mix together the meatball ingredients except for the coconut oil.  In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Make sure the pan is nice and hot before you start adding your meatballs.  Once the oil is hot, form golf ball size meatballs and add to the pan.  Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown.  Remove the meatballs and set aside.  To the pan drippings add the tomato paste, onions, and spices and using your whisk, blend these ingredients together with the pan drippings.  Slowly add the coconut milk, whisking as you pour.  Once the sauce is well mixed, bring to a simmer and let it cook for 3 minutes.  Add the meatballs back to the sauce, cover the pan and cook for three minutes.  Turn the meatballs over so that they are coated with sauce, cover and cook for another 3 minutes. Serve with a few diced green onions on top. Delicious!!!!

My Review:

I made these after a loooooong day at work.  I was pretty cranky and hungry.  So the first thing I liked about these was, they came together super fast.  I was eating dinner 45 minutes after I walked in the door.

The next great thing about these meatballs was, they are delicious.  Really, super, fabulously delicious.  I served the leftovers the next day, and my dinner guest licked the plate!

I did make a couple of substitutions / changes:  I used dried apricots instead of cherries, and I added some broccoli and spinach to the sauce last minute just to green it up.

Make this!  Here it is served with spaghetti squash and spinach:



5 responses to “Too Tasty Meatballs from Everyday Paleo

  • paleosusan

    All Star for sure! They also freeze incredibly well! I may make these again this weekend! : )

  • paleoinportland

    Where did you find your unsweetened dried cherries? I can only ever find the sweetened ones, even at Whole Foods.

    • rachelsister

      Hi Alisa –

      I actually have not found unsweetened dried cherries yet – that’s why I used apricots instead, but maybe Trader Joe’s would have them? I seem to remember buying some a long, long time ago there. Let me know if you do find them! – Rachel

      • paleoinportland

        I’ll have to do some looking around, but I’ll keep you posted if I find some! For some reason, I totally overlooked the fact that you used dried apricots in your recipe. I bet dried cranberries would work too, but those always seem to be sweetened as well. What’s the deal with sweetening dried fruit anyway?! I never seem to understand it.

  • paleoinportland

    FYI Trader Joe’s does carry unsweetened dried cherries. I bought some when I was there the other day.

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