On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Honey Chipotle Meatballs.
More appetizers! Because we all know holidays are filled with parties and get togethers, and usually the easiest option is to bring an appetizer or dessert. Yesterday I shared Mozzarella Sticks, and today I’m sharing the Honey Chipotle Meatballs from The Paleo Cupboard Cookbook.
Let’s talk about The Paleo Cupboard Cookbook. Here’s what I love about it. 1) There are 140 PALEO RECIPES! And they are neatly organized in the back of the book with pictures included. 2) There’s a 4 week meal plan in the front of the book, with a shopping list for each week. 3) There are kitchen tips with most of the recipes, which teach you how to make-ahead recipes or freeze them. So helpful!
I’ve always been a fan of Amy Desmore’s blog, Paleo Cupboard. I love how her recipes are do-able, explained well, and useful in weekly cooking. The book is filled with just what it says, “real food, real flavor”.
- ¾ pound ground beef
- ¾ pound ground pork
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large egg, beaten
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons ghee, lard, or tallow
- ½ cup chicken stock
- ⅓ cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder or chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon dry yellow mustard
- 3 green onions, chopped, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Make the meatballs: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the ground beef and pork, onion, garlic, egg, salt, and pepper with your hands until just combined.
- Form the mixture into meatballs 1½ inches in diameter.
- Melt the ghee in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 5 minutes, turning frequently, until browned on all sides. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.
- While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce: Place all of the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and whisk to combine. Bring just to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally. Taste and add additional chipotle powder or dry mustard if desired.
- Once the meatballs are done cooking, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to the pan with the sauce and toss to coat. Sprinkle with chopped green onion, if desired, and serve.