Repeat Recipe

Minty Meatballs

This is the second time I’ve made these meatballs. I love that you can mix everything up an hour (or 24!) before you plan to cook them, and then just let it hang out in the fridge until you’re ready for dinner. The addition of cooked quinoa makes them nice and fluffy, and makes these beauties gluten-free!

Minty Meatballs

Minty Meatballs
SELF June 2013

Makes 24 meatballs

These are fairly large and entrée-sized. If you want them smaller, reduce the cook time by a few minutes.

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (85 percent lean)
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup 1 percent milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Parchment paper

In a bowl, mix together all ingredients until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours. Heat oven to 425°F. Form meat mixture into 24 oval balls (about 3 tablespoons each). Arrange on 2 cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake 8 minutes; turn and bake 10 minutes more. Garnish with parsley if desired; serve.
Per 3 meatballs: 231 calories, 14 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 7 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 18 g protein

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

One Comment

  • Amy Tong

    Love these handy dandy meatballs and the mint flavor! With the busy schedule, these would be perfect for weeknight dinner as I can make them ahead. 🙂 thanks for sharing the recipe.

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