Meatballs are a favorite in our house, simply because they are a simple, quick meal to make that the kids love. They are perfect for little hands to pick up without the need for utensils and also delicious in many kinds of sauces. My kids will even eat them cold the next day for lunch! You may think stuffing them would be difficult, but the secret is to use a very small amount. Be careful when folding over the edges to seal up the meatball, as the filling can seep out a bit. For an exotic flair, try using a tablespoon of minced preserved lemon rind in place of the lemon zest and juice.
Avocado Stuffed Meatballs
- 1½ lb lean ground grass-fed beef
- 1 lb lean ground pastured pork
- 3 Tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest plus 1 . Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 large avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
- 2 tsp coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, tomatoes, mustard, basil, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and the lemon zest.
In a separate bowl, mash the avocado, then add the lemon juice and remaining . teaspoon salt and stir to combine.
Form the meat mixture into small (golf ball–size) balls with your hands and, working with one at a time, create a divot in the center to form a sort of hollow cup. The meat should be about an inch thick.
Fill the center with about 1 teaspoon of the avocado mixture and then carefully pinch the edges around to seal it in. (You may need to add a tiny piece of the ground meat mixture to seal it up tight; you don’t want any of it escaping during the cooking process.)
In a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook until slightly browned on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the browned meatballs to a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
Makes 12 or 13 meatballs.
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Excerpted from Cooking with Avocados © 2014 by Elizabeth Nyland. Reproduced by permission of Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.