A hectic week is something that urges me to make something that gives me comfort but won’t take too much of my time. You know how comfort food just soothes the soul and fills up your tummy like nothing else does. And because my mood is looking for it, I made a special comfort food that is all Paleo and doesn’t have to be forced to my kids.
Meatballs – this simple but tasty meal is a comfort food that I just wanted to have to finish a hectic work week and start a wonderful and relaxing weekend with my family. A choice of comfort food says a lot about my week filled with impossible deadlines and overflowing tasks, but I don’t want to dwell on that. Let’s focus on the meatballs, the savory and juicy meatballs that go well with Paleo rice or even just on its own.
This recipe can be served at any time of the day, but I decided to do it for dinner. Just a few pieces can already get me, my partner and my kids full. I made a big batch and freeze half of it for a soup or Paleo spaghetti by the weekend or next week. The best thing about meatballs is that I can use any meat available inside my freezer. Whatever meat I feel like adding to the meatballs and the results are still as tasty as ever.
So if you feel like you’re in need for, a comfort food anytime soon, or your kids are asking for it, here is the Paleo diet recipe I used in making my Paleo meatballs.
Some people would say that browning the meatballs isn’t necessary, but I say otherwise. This step can actually make the recipe taste and cook better! When you brown the meatballs, you are “sealing” the meat and it helps keep the meatballs intact despite being cooked further in the sauce. Browning the meatballs also helps to keep the meatballs juicy. Browning will help the meatballs to cook better throughout.
But how do you correctly brown meatballs? I’ve been asked this question quite a few times by a friend, a colleague, a subscriber or a relative. And this question has lead to me providing some tips on how to brown meatballs better. I’ve gathered the two best ways you can use for browning your meatballs better and more efficiently.
Baking the meatballs first can definitely help in browning and cooking them better. You can bake them using a baking pan. You can place your meatballs onto a greased or cookie sheet lined baking pan. The meatballs will have a nice golden brown color, they will be cooked through but still, have the right tenderness. You can usually cook golf ball sized meatballs at 375°F (190° C) for between 15-18 minutes. You can cook bigger meatballs longer.
If you have cupcake tins, you can use these for your meatballs. Mini cupcake tins will be fine for small meatballs, bigger cupcake tins will be great for bigger meatballs. You can turn the meatballs half way through cooking, giving you the nice brown color and still cook the meatballs well. You will also need to bake the meatballs in the tins at 375°F (190° C) for around 15-18 minutes, depending on the size of the balls of meat you’ve made.
When you don’t have an oven, you can definitely use a frying pan or the saucepan where you’ll cook the sauce. Make sure you brown all the sides; any ring or lighter part of the meatballs means you might have less oil than needed. You can use the same oil in sautéing the ingredients of your sauce and it will add a great umami flavor to your sauce. Make sure you turn the meatballs over at the right time, otherwise you will burn parts of the meatballs.
Meatballs are definitely the food that can be anyone’s comfort food anytime. This recipe may be simple, but you can definitely experiment and add a few more spices that suit your taste. If you must brown your meatballs, make sure you use enough oil and cook them over the right heat and that you are not distracted. Otherwise, you might find yourself eating burnt meatballs. So now, cook those meatballs and enjoy the comfort it brings to you and your family.