So what's a girl to do when she wants to make traditional meatballs (check out my recipe here), but her husband wants to eat as few carbs as possible? Substitute ground almonds for the Italian breadcrumbs that are usually called for in the recipe. Of course ground almonds don't have the same flavor as Italian breadcrumbs so I've upped the herbs and spices too. These meatballs can be baked or fried, you decide.
I like to start by mixing all the extra stuff together before adding the meat. I think the ingredients are distributed more evenly that way. Here you see water (yes water), eggs, ground parmesan cheese, almond meal (almond flour), dried parsley, garlic powder, oregano, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
Place all the ingredients listed above in a bowl and mix well.
You can combine the mixture easily by hand, but I pretty much use my stand mixer every time I have the chance.
Now add the ground turkey and mix again.
See how evenly mixed together everything looks?
I like to use a #50 scoop to portion out my meatballs - each are a little bigger than 1 tablespoon. That’s my favorite meatball size, but do whatever you like. These meatballs can be baked (I'd bake this size at 400F for 10-15 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F), but today I felt like going old school so I fried them in about 1/2-inch of olive oil.
Turn as needed until they're cooked through and brown all over.
Items used to make this recipe:
stand mixer like this - I actually have two!
BeaterBlade attachment I have two of these also - can't imagine being without
almond meal this is the best I've found
Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs (Keto, Gluten-Free)
makes 60 meatballs
2 pounds ground turkey
2 large eggs
1/2 cup finely ground almond flour (or meal), sifted
1/2 cup ground parmesan cheese
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
olive oil for frying
In the bowl of a stand mixer (or by hand), combine the eggs, almond meal, parmesan, water, parsley, salt, garlic powder, pepper, crushed red pepper, and oregano until well mixed; add ground turkey and mix until evenly combined.
Roll turkey mixture into 60 meatballs - I like to do this with a #50 portion scoop (like this one).
Heat about 1/2-inch of olive oil in a skillet and fry meatballs, in batches, until golden brown all over and cooked through, turning as needed.
Meatballs can also be baked in a 400F oven for 10-15 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F.
Nutritional stats for 3 meatballs 120 calories, 6g fat, 0,5g carbs, 16g protein.