Wolfpack-Style Meatballs

October 20, 2015

Wolfpack-Style Meatballs


I’d be lying if I were to say that I’m familiar with baby showers.
I mean, I know what a baby shower is: A party usually thrown by a friend or family member for the first child so that the mom-to-be can feel supported by her friends and family and obtain a few of the essentials.
There’s food, there’s tittle-tattle, there’s a lot of “Oh my God this is the cutest thing ever!”, there are usually party games organized by the host, and so on.
But traditionally baby showers are just women (though more and more are starting to have a mix of men and women) and I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve never been invited to one.



But when a month ago my good friend Chris popped the idea of throwing a very manly virtual surprise baby shower for our good friend David over @SpicedBlog (whose wife is expecting a boy on the 2nd week of November) I was all over it.
David and I have become friends through blogging and we are also part of the Mighty Wolfpack.
Let me tell you this, when it comes to dude food blogging no one does it like the Wolfpack.
We eat, we rant, and we howl at the moon until we’re all howled out. We’re that cool.
So a virtual baby shower for one of the Wolfpack members? Hell yeah!

Wolfpack-Style Meatballs


There’s no theme for the shower, except that it has to be good food.
As for myself, I decided that if I were ever invited to a baby shower, I would bring my almighty-super-duper-awesome meatballs that I have rebranded for this one time only as Wolfpack-Style Meatballs.
These are my go-to meatballs these days. Delicious, versatile, and the recipe makes a ton! Super easy.

Wolfpack-Style Meatballs


So I am inviting you ALL to our virtual baby shower. Below is a list of all of the bloggers who participated and their posts. Please visit their blogs and enjoy. I hope you are hungry because these bloggers know how to throw a party with fabulous food. Everything looks fantastic!


And of course a big virtual hug to my man David and his wife for their upcoming child: I wish them all the best!

Wolfpack-Style Meatballs                                                                                                Print this recipe!

Ingredients
Serves 6

1 lb / 453 ground beef (80/20)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
¼ cup almond meal (or breadcrumbs)
¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
¼ cup beef stock
2 teaspoons fine grain salt
⅛ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and place a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients with your hands until combined
Wet your hands slightly and roll meatballs into 2-inch round balls (about 2½ oz each)
Lay meatballs evenly with a 1-inch gap between each on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Serve with Marinara sauce, top with grated cheese, and garnish with fresh basil.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 242 calories, 19 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbs, and 17 grams of protein.

31 comments:

  1. These meatballs have simple ingredients, but I bet they are extremely juicy and tender! Meatballs are the best!

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  2. Duuuuude - Oh my Gosh these little bowls with wolf-pack balls are the cutest thing EVER!!! :)

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    1. Cute? How dare you call these badass meatballs cute! ;)

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  3. These look awesome and congrats to David again!

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  4. Meatballs! I haven't had any in ages. It's about time I change that... I need meat and balls in my mouth, now. Cause I am a classy lady.

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  5. What a lovely idea! Plus meatballs are delicious :)

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  6. Aw what a great idea! I much prefer this type of baby shower over the oogeldy ahh ones!

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    1. Really? I've never been to a real baby shower so I can't really tell!

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  7. Haha! I had to actually laugh out loud at the accuracy of your description of a baby shower! And, for my own selfish reasons, I hope that you are invited to the next physical baby shower I attend, because I want and NEED these meatballs!

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    1. TBH I researched thoroughly the topic... ;)

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  8. Who cares if you've never been to an actual baby shower, Mike? If you show up with these meatballs, I'm pretty sure anyone and everyone will invite you in! Maybe crashing baby showers is your next big thing. I mean there was Wedding Crashers, right? Why not Baby Shower Crashers? Seriously, though, thank you so much for this. You guys totally took me by surprise on this one. You seriously made my entire week with this. Thank you! #WolfpackCelebrates

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    1. Crashing baby showers? Isn't that a tad weird? I need to think about it, I'll let you know...
      ;)

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  9. These meatballs are just the cutest thing ever! :)

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    1. I was not going for cute when I made 'em, but I'll take it nonetheless...
      ;)

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  10. Love this post! My hubs doesn't quite get why he would be invited to a baby shower as he has for the last two. But if these meatballs were there he would be one HAPPY camper. Pinned!

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    1. I'm so like your husband about baby shower, but I have to admit that I've really enjoyed being part of a virtual one!

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  11. Meatballs? I mean, real meatballs? No beans, zucchini or eggplant inside? I'm totally speechless!

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    1. Meatballs, just meatballs. Shocking right?

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  12. These meatballs look like the perfect thing to bring to any get together, or maybe I'll just keep the first batch all to myself!

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    1. Or we can share the first batch if you want to...

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  13. I made spaghetti squash with meat sauce last night for dinner. If only I had seen this post a day earlier!

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    1. Spaghetti squash and meatballs is one of my fave things in the whole wide world!

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  14. What a fun virtual event! well, I love a substantial meatball, not too fond of sissy ones that you eat with a toothpick and need about 25 to feel satisfied...

    no, give me two or three REAL ones, and I'll be happy!

    great job, Mike!

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    1. I'm there with you S, when it comes to meatballs: go big or go home. That's my saying!

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  15. The WolfPack rocks it again and this one is no exception to the awesomeness that we can deliver! David's idea on Baby Shower Crashers is classic, I see a movie in the works already.
    I have a fork in hand, but just cant seem to grab that bowl of meatball deliciousness from my screen. No fair. #WolfPackRocks

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    1. You need to work on that screenplay then...
      ;)

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  16. Happy November! Just letting you know that I featured this recipe in my October 2015 round-up of Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes. Hope a lot of my readers will click over here and try it!

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