Low Carb Party Meatball Ricotta Bites {Keto, Grain-Free}

I’ve made a lot of meatballs, and I’ve loved all of them like a mother loves her children. But for this recipe I decided to make a whole new recipe and it turned out to be my favorite meatball of all time. It’s soft and pillowy (but not too soft!) and full of flavor. Topped with some chilled ricotta with a sprinkle of fresh basil, these are bound to be the hit of any party (or dinner – that’s cool too!)

Note: This recipe is a sneak peek at my Keto All the Way cookbook — one I created for the holidays so you’ll never feel tempted to cheat!



Meatball Ricotta Bites
Serves 16
These meatball ricotta bites are great for a party, an app, or gobbled up for dinner. Even you muggle friends will love them without knowing they're keto-friendly! {Macros: NET CARBS: 1g | Calories: 98 | Carbs 1g | Fiber 0g | Sugar 0g | Fat 7g | Protein 9g}
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb grassfed beef
  2. • 3 jumbo eggs (or 4 large eggs)
  3. • 2 tbsp freshly chopped basil
  4. • 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  5. • 1 cup grated parmesan
  6. • ½ tsp garlic powder
  7. • ½ tsp sea salt
  8. • 1 cup ricotta cheese (local ones tend to be 0-1 net carbs, some grocery brands are 7!)
  9. • 1 bottle marinara sauce (pick a naturally low-carb one without added sugar)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except marinara and ricotta) in a bowl.
  3. On parchment paper inside a baking sheet, make 16 meatballs, then press down so they’re more like sliders.
  4. Cook for about 10 minutes to150 degrees.
  5. Remove from oven and clean any fat/cheese from the edges.
  6. Pour sauce into a 9x13” baking dish (should only be about ½ inch of sauce in the bottom).
  7. Place meatballs in sauce, and add back to the oven for 5 minutes until sauce is hot and meatballs are 160 degrees. Remove from oven.
  8. Add ricotta cheese to a small sandwich bag and snip corner.
  9. Pipe ricotta onto each meatball, then sprinkle with more chopped basil. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. I only calculated half a cup of (4 net carb) tomato sauce in the macros, since you won’t be
  2. consuming a whole jar of tomato sauce.
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