July 7, 2014

Avocado Stuffed Meatballs (Low Carb and Gluten-Free)

Avocado Stuffed Meatballs (Low Carb and Gluten-Free)
Guys, I’m trying to grow an avocado tree from a seed.

I’m super pumped about it.
The other day, I ate an avocado, washed the pit and suspended the broad end down over a water-filled glass - using toothpicks. Put in a warm place out of direct sunlight. As per instructions.
I’m now waiting for the roots and stem sprout.
There’s a problem though, I'm horrible with plants. Seriously challenged.
Outdoor plants, indoor plants, annuals, perennials. I kill them off in record time.

Avocado Stuffed Meatballs (Low Carb and Gluten-Free)
For instance, I buy potted fresh herbs (such as basil, thyme, rosemary, etc) at the grocery store all the time.
I adore fresh herbs, they lift the simplest dish onto another level. They’re truly amazing.
Even though taking care of potted herbs should take no special talent. I terminate them relentlessly, and I can't figure it out why.
I water them too much. I don't water them enough. I give them too much light or not enough light.
Or maybe I remove too many leaves at one time. Who knows?
So many nice people in the world and in books are growers and gardeners, but the sad truth is that I'll never be one of them.
So far I’ve only succeeded growing kale; but apparently kale is some sort of weed, an unwanted plant that grows no matter what. It doesn’t take any particular talent.
We’ll see about the avocado...
Anyways, since it takes anywhere from 5 to 13 years before avocados planted from seed flower and produce fruit, I’ll just keep buying them at the grocery store.
On top of that, I’m not sure whether an avocado tree will produce any fruit at this latitude.
But again, what do I know about growing plants?
Avocado Stuffed Meatballs (Low Carb and Gluten-Free)

Talking about avocados, let’s move onto these avocado stuffed meatballs.
I’ve been making these bad boys since my friend Sonia posted the recipe on The Healthy Foodie almost a year ago. They’re stalking worthy. That good.
Over time I slightly tweaked the recipe, rearrange it and made it a lil bit my own. Still delish.
Here’s the thing about these meatballs: When you bite into the avocado “core”, it makes your taste buds do a happy dance in your mouth.
Real story!
Avocado Stuffed Meatballs (Low Carb and Gluten-Free)
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Inspired by, and adapted from TheHealthyFoodie

Makes 12 large meatballs

1 lb / 453 gr grass-fed organic lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 free-range organic egg
A handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
A splash of Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Ground black pepper to taste
½ avocado, peeled and cut into 12 cubes (I used Hass)


In a large bowl combine ground beef, garlic, egg, parsley, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Knead with your hands until well combined.
Scoop one heaping tablespoon of meat mixture and with dampened hands make the meatballs - placing one cube of avocado into the middle of the ball and delicately forming a smooth ball around the avocado. Repeat to form about all meatballs.
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook in batches, turning frequently, for about 6 minutes until golden brown.
Alternatively you can bake the meatballs in the oven.
Preheat an oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with olive oil. Bake for about 25 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.
Serve hot!

Nutrition facts

One meatball yields 103 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbs and 8 grams of protein.

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    1. Have you tried making them with ground bison??

  2. Anything avocado stuffed is AMAZING. Love these pictures, too!

  3. Oh man these look and sound so good, its been a while since I made some meatballs so I think I better change that looking at these! I feel your planting pain I am exactly the same plants just die in my care!

    1. Go make some Tam, they're so delicious!

  4. These look delicious, Mike! And for the record, I think you need to give yourself more credit. I planted kale seeds this year, and only about 3 of them came up. They look great...but I planted a whole row! I'll be the first to order an avocado from your up and coming avocado tree (assuming you plan to sell them via the web...which I totally think you should do). Ready for Argentina? The "experts" on ESPN are saying Argentina is 57% favorites to win. I say that's bull.

    1. I don't think I'll ever get to point where I'll be able to sell avocados...the pit/seed looks pretty sad and dead after almost two weeks. Maybe I'm sending bad vibes to it...

      And I do not trust ESPN experts, when soccer is concerned I only rely on UK/Europeans experts, they surely know more about it than Americans!

  5. What an awesome idea, Mike, love these!!

  6. Love these meatballs Mike, avocadoes are my favorite!

    1. That makes two of us Cheri, I'm obsessed with avocados!

  7. That's so me - like, I buy potted fresh evers all.the.time and I don't know how I do it, but they always end up dying in a couple of days..... I guess I'm plant challenged too.
    On the bright side, my local store carries avocados as well so I can try these meatballs. Win win - they look awesome! Pinning!

    1. Are avocados common in Spain? I don't remember eating anything avocado last time I was in Barcelona but maybe I just ordered the wrong things at the restaurant :)

  8. My sister has an avocado tree... she lives in Brazil (sorry!) - now, did you know that in Brazil avocado is enjoyed mainly with sugar, as a dessert? I introduced guacamole to my family, and they finally warmed up to it

    Your avocado meatballs are a strike of genius! Love them... the color, the texture, I am just dreaming about them....

    1. Your sister is one lucky gal, I'm so envious of her tree. And no, I had no idea in Brazil is eaten for dessert with sugar (even though I've been twice to Brazil...)

      PS I'm so sorry for last night loss against Germany Sally, you must be heartbroken! ;(

    2. Mike, sorry to hijack the cooking subject. I knew we would lose to Germany, but what happened was too painful. I could not watch the second half, what a shame it was.... :-(

  9. This looks superb, I'm gonna make this tonight!

  10. Anything with avocado has my name written on it!

  11. Your friend Sonia is a genius - avocado stuffed balls???? I adore avocado but I never thought of that!!!
    Your adaptation sounds amazing, Mike! I will help you grow all the herbs and plants if you make me some of these :)
    Oh, I made a version of your apple patties, without the cheese and with coriander and cumin and a quarter of an apple and they were fabulous! My friend had 2 and asked me for the leftovers to take home to her hubby!!! Your patties were a hit - thank you Mike!

    1. That's so cool Shashi! I'm so glad you (and your friend) enjoyed the apple turkey burgers that much.
      I loved that you added cumin and coriander, I'll have to try it as well asap!

    2. Why thank you Shashi! Isn't that nice of you to say! :D

  12. Addictive little things, aren't they? Now you got me wanting some... big time. To think I just used up the ground beef that I'd thawed to make some kind of Not Chinese Not Fried Not Rice. Gah. I think I need to take another package out of the freezer. I need me some of these now!

  13. Oh, and re: the plants... I sooooo hear you man. I'm like EXACTLY the same. I couldn't make a plant thrive if my life depended on it. So no avocado plant for me, I'm afraid. Keep us posted on the progress of yours. And we want pictures!!! ;)

  14. They look great. Looking forward to trying these. Have you ever frozen them? How do they go reheated?