Today is another one of those non-stop go-go-go days and I need something quick to serve for dinner tonight. One of our family favorites is meatballs because they are easy to put together and can often be done with the ingredients I usually keep on hand in the fridge and pantry. Tonight I am switching it up a little and serving these paleo sausage meatballs. They are the perfect combo of carb/fat/protein from the sweet potato and the sausage. Plus you can whip them up in the morning or afternoon and quickly re-heat them when it is time for dinner.
1 large sweet potato
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. each chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 large eggs
sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 lb. pork sausage or chorizo
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put sweet potato in a microwave safe bowl with about 1/2 inch of water and cover with a lid or paper towel. Microwave on high for 6-8 minutes until fork tender. Let cool and peel and dice.
At same time as potato is cooking, cook sausage in a cast iron or other skillet. When halfway cooked, add the chopped veggies, mustard and Italian seasoning and cook until sausage is browned. Drain on paper towels.
Put potato in a large mixing bowl and mash. Add remaining ingredients. Add the eggs last so that they don’t start to cook with the hot sausage. Mix until well blended.
Scoop and roll into a ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. These scoops do not spread so they can be placed fairly close together.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until browned and cooked throughout. Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes.
I served them with "zoodles" I like to cook the zucchini noodles in a covered dish in the microwave, you don’t need to add any water. I can’t give you an exact time to cook, anywhere from about 40 seconds to 2 minutes depending on your microwave. You do need to watch them closely or you will end up with a big fat pile of mushed noodles if they overcook.
If you are not Paleo then you could serve this over mashed potatoes or pasta, either would work well. The cooked meatballs should freeze well.
Enjoy and let me know what you think!