This recipe is sponsored by Good Food for Good. All opinions, thoughts and ideas expressed are the author’s alone.
Whole30 Salisbury Meatballs with Onion Gravy just might be my new obsession. They’re easy to make, bursting with flavour and can be prepared in advance. I’ve made them a handful of times over the past week and can confirm they get better and better!
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The Salisbury Meatballs mixture can be prepared ahead of time and frozen before or after browning. You don’t necessarily have to shape the meatball mixture before freezing, but if you do make sure to lay the meatballs flat so that they maintain their individual shapes, otherwise the meatballs will stick together and clump.
If you shape the meatballs before freezing, make sure to thaw them fully before browning. Otherwise, the outside of each meatball will likely be burnt before the centre has had a chance to cook through.
The Onion Gravy can similarly be frozen for easy, make-ahead weeknight meals. For best results and convenience, freeze the meatballs and gravy in portions you know you will consume. That way you avoid thawing large batches when you may not need to. If freezing in glass, mason jars, make sure you leave ample head room to allow for expanding liquids.
Pre-cooked Salisbury Meatballs and Onion Gravy can be reheated from frozen in a skillet covered with a lid over med-low heat. If you notice the sauce becoming too thick, simply dilute with a bit of water or beef stock if you have any on hand.
To keep things Whole30, try serving the Salisbury Meatballs and Onion Gravy over a bed of cauliflower purée or mashed potatoes and with a side of steamed vegetables of choice. I went with some simple, blanched green beans because that’s what I had in the fridge, but you can serve it with a medley of steamed veg if you like.
- ¼ cup Good Food for Good Ketchup
- ¼ cup grainy mustard
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley – finely chopped
- 1 cup onion – finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 whole large egg – lightly beaten
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper
- 2-3 tbsp avocado oil – substitute Extra Virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup Good Food for Good Ketchup
- 2 tbsp grainy mustard
- ½ tsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 large white onion – cut into 1/4” slices
- 2 cloves garlic – finely sliced
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley – finely chopped
- 2 cups beef stock
- kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix with hands until combined. *Avoid overworking the meat or it will toughen.
Lightly grease a ¼ cup measuring cup with avocado oil to prevent sticking. Use the measuring cup to separate mixture into equal-sized portions. Rub your hands with a tiny bit of oil or water and roll into meatballs.
Preheat 2-3 tbsp avocado oil in a large, stainless-steel, cast-iron or nonstick skillet or sauté pan over med-high heat. Carefully add meatballs and brown in batches. Cook until golden brown and caramelized on all sides or until desired doneness is achieved (approximately 12-15min total for medium-well). For best results, avoid overcrowding the pan.
Transfer cooked meatballs to a tray and set aside. Reserve 2-3 tbsp rendered fat in the pan. It’s OK if some brown bits remain on the bottom of the pan, but you should discard any black or burnt bits.
Lower heat to medium, add onions and a pinch of salt and cook until slightly softened (approx. 3-4 min). Add garlic and cook an additional 60 seconds.
Deglaze pan with ¼ cup beef stock. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining beef stock, ketchup, mustard, fish sauce, and stir to combine. Bring sauce to a simmer and cook until reduced in volume by half (approximately 6-8 min).
In a small bowl, stir together arrowroot starch and water to make a slurry. Add to gravy and stir to combine. Taste gravy for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper as required. Return browned meatballs to pan along with chopped parsley and toss everything to coat.
Serve Salisbury Meatballs and Onion Gravy on a bed of mashed potatoes or puréed cauliflower and a side of steamed green beans or vegetables of choice.