Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good week. Summer is flying by here in Indiana and we are enjoying time at home and spending time with family.
During my second week of recovery from FAI hip surgery, I was able to make some homemade meals while on the Whole30. Wil and I get a meat share from WE Farms and every month we receive an assortment of local beef, chicken and pork. Our favorite item we get is ground beef and ground pork -mostly because it’s so versatile. It’s always the first thing we run out of!
When the recipe-creating mood struck me, we still had some ground pork from our farm share and I decided to use that, plus some things we had around the kitchen. We grow a few herbs every year and this year we did sage, thyme and cilantro- yum!
If you didn’t know, sage and pork are an absolute amazing pair. For some reason, anything with pork combined with sage is delicious. I knew I wanted to use the sage to give the meatballs some great flavor. I also had some unsweetened cherries in our pantry so I decided to use those for a little sweetness. And from there, the Cherry Sage, Paleo Meatball was created! And boy was it yummy.
These meatballs are super easy and make for great appetizers or as a meal with a side. Meatballs are also an awesome leftover and because of their size, make great pre or post workout snacks. Kids (and adults alike) love them because they can eat them with their fingers, with tomato sauce or on top of mashed potatoes.
This recipe is Whole30 compliant, Paleo and is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and legume-free. If you don’t have unsweetened cherries, you could use unsweetened cranberries, raisins or another dried fruit to give them a sweet flavor. So, read on to see how I make these yummy Cherry Sage Paleo Meatballs!
Cherry Sage Paleo Meatball Recipe
- 2 pounds of ground pork
- 1 cup unsweetened dried cherries (chopped if you prefer)
- Handful of chopped sage (or the amount you prefer)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Combine all the ingredients in a large glass bowl. Once combined, roll the meat mixture in the palm of your hands to create the meatballs. Place them on the baking sheet and make sure to leave a little room in between them. Once all the meat has been made into balls, bake them for 20-25 minutes or until they are a little brown. Mine took 24 minutes exactly. Let them cool and then enjoy!
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