Meatloaf Meatballs


Meatloaf Meatballs

Yes, you heard that right. One of your favorite cozy fall dishes in meatball form...oh, and dairy-free, gluten-free and grass-fed. Dig in!
Servings 21 meatballs



  • 3 slices gluten-free bread you can use any soft bread
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 lbs ground beef I use 85/15
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast Optional but adds a cheesy flavor


  • 28 ounces canned whole tomatoes in sauce I prefer Muir Glen
  • 6 ounce jar tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 cup date sugar substitute maple crystals, coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium Tamari sub soy sauce
  • 1 cup water


M E A T B A L L | P R O C E D U R E

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine bread with almond milk. Allow to soak 10 minutes, then drain remaining almond milk.
  • While bread is soaking, heat a saute pan to medium and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil is shimmering slightly, add onion and saute 2 minutes, stirring, until translucent and fragrant. Add garlic and saute another minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In the bowl that contains bread, add beef, eggs, parsley, basil, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast if using. Add onion/garlic mixture. Use clean hands to incorporate everything together. Don't overmix. Prepare a slotted baking sheet or large plate with paper towel and side aside.
  • Heat a large wide pot to medium high heat and add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil begins shimmering, use an ice cream scoop or your hand to form meatballs approximately 3 inches in diameter. Make sure they are packed tightly so they don't fall apart in the pot. Place meatballs in pot side-by-side and allow to sear, approximately 3-4 minutes. Flip using a spatula and sear other side. When meatballs are seared, place them on rack or plate with paper towel underneath. You might have to do this in a few rounds depending on the size of your pot.
  • When all meatballs are browned, pour excess rendered fat into a glass jar to save for future cooking. Plate pot back on the stove and add sauce. Place meatballs in sauce and heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.

S A U C E | P R O C E D U R E

  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside until meatballs are ready.
Course: Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, comfort food, Dairy Free, dairyfree, family dinner, family friendly, Gluten Free, glutenfree, healthy, healthy dinner, healthy recipe

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