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Paleo Perfect: Baked Meatball Recipe


If your favorite meatballs get their flavor and texture from breadcrumbs, this easy paleo diet recipe from Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love to Eat will help inspire you in the kitchen, and bonus: it's gluten-free. A creative blend of traditional Czech spices and fresh herbs give these nutritious, protein-packed pork meatballs their delicious flavor, while just one egg and a little mustard acts as the binder that holds them together. And at less than 250 calories per serving, these meatballs make a simple weeknight supper that even calorie-conscious eaters will enjoy guilt-free.

Serves: 8

1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 tablespoon ground paprika
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 large egg
2 pounds ground pork


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. In a large bowl, mix garlic, salt, caraway seeds, paprika, pepper, parsley, mustard, and egg with a fork until combined. Using hands, crumble pork into bowl and knead until everything is incorporated. Moisten your hands with water and shake to remove excess. Measure out a level tablespoon of pork and roll into a ball between palms. Line meatballs on prepared baking sheet about 1/2-inch apart. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

Photo credit: Lizzie Fuhr

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