Friday, January 30, 2015

Foodie Friday - Aunt Jen's Meatballs

Do you like meatballs? I LOVE meatballs. They are probably one of my very favourite foods, especially this recipe.

This recipe has been handed down in my family from my great great aunt Jen and it has always been a hit. Since going gluten-free, I have changed up the meatball section but still follow her recipe for sauce, seeing as that's the best part anyway.

Rosemary Quinoa Meatballs (inspired by this recipe) 
2 lbs ground meat (1lb beef & 1lb pork)
1 1/2 c. cooked quinoa
1 small onion, finally chopped
2 eggs
2 Tbsp rosemary
2 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Form the meat mixture into 1 inch meatballs and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. You will probably need to use two baking sheets to fit all the meatballs. Bake in 400 degree F oven for 20 minutes, rotating the meatballs halfway through the cooking time.

While the meatballs are cooking, start making your sauce. This sauce tastes so good but is also chock full of sugar. So while I love this recipe, I try not to make it too often since it's not the most healthy option. Now since the above meatball recipe makes so many, I usually freeze half of them once they're cooked. If you choose to use all the meatballs from the recipe, double up the sauce recipe. If you do half like me, one sauce recipe will work just fine.

Aunt Jen's Meatballs (Sauce)
1/4 c. soy sauce 
1/4 c. vinegar
1/2 c. ketchup
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. water (or coffee)

Mix all ingredients in a pot over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the sugar has dissolved, let simmer for 1 minute and then remove from heat. 

Move the meatballs into a glass casserole dish and then pour the sauce over them. Cook in a 350 degree F oven for 1/2 an hour or until the sauce is bubbling. Serve over rice and with your choice of veggies on the side. Enjoy!

Do you have a favourite meatball recipe?


Foodie Friday Mini Series, Take 2

Week 1: Banana Bread
Week 2: Butternut Squash Soup & Flat Bread 
Week 3: Nutty Chocolate Bark
Week 4: Lazy Sunday Casserole 
Week 5: Teriyaki Meatball Bowls
Week 6: Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew
Week 7: Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins
Week 8: Pumpkin Muffins
Week 9: Tourtiere
Week 10: Gingerbread Cookies
Week 11: Aunt Jen's Meatballs


  1. Mmmm! I can attest to the deliciousness of this recipe and sauce! :)

  2. Those look so yummy! I never thought of using quinoa in meatballs.

  3. Jackie - Yes you can!

    Stasy - You should try it, you don't even taste it and it makes them healthier. Of course, the sauce then negates all health aspects...