Keto Party Meatballs

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These meatballs are perfect for a cocktail party or any special occasion. They are flavoured with Italian herbs, marinara sauce and topped with olives. With a hidden surprise inside, these meatballs will disappear from your table before you even know it. If you make the meatballs in advance and need to reheat them, have a look at these great tips at The Kitchn. For more healthy ideas, check out my keto party recipes!

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Nutritional values (per meatball)

0.9 grams 0.5 grams 7 grams 9.3 grams 3 grams 117 calories
Total Carbs1.4grams
Net Carbs0.9grams
of which Saturated3grams
Magnesium15mg (4% RDA)
Potassium117mg (6% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (3%), protein (24%), fat (73%)

Ingredients (makes 20-25 meatballs)

  • 500 g ground beef (1.1 lb)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (50 g/ 1.8 oz) or 1/2 cup coconut flour (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 cup diced mozzarella, 20-25 pieces (132 g/ 4.7 oz) - use the low-moisture pizza type
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste (I like pink Himalayan)
  • freshly ground black pepper
Sauce and Topping:
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Marinara Sauce (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 20-25 pitted olives, green or black (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • fresh basil for garnish

Tip: If served for dinner, it will be enough for four people. Try the meatballs on top of cauli-rice or zucchini noodles.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 230 °C/ 450 °F. Dice the mozzarella in 20-25 equal sized pieces. Place it in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. Freezing the cheese will prevent it from leaking out while baking. Place the meat, egg, minced garlic, thyme, oregano, ... Keto Party Meatballs
  2. ... almond flour, salt and pepper into a bowl. Mix until well combined using your hands or a mixer. Keto Party Meatballs
  3. Divide the meat into 20-25 pieces (I made 20). Remove the cheese from the freezer. Keto Party Meatballs
  4. Take each piece and flatten using your hands. Place a piece of the mozzarella cheese in the middle and fold the meat over it. Keto Party Meatballs
  5. Briefly roll between hands and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Place in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes. Keto Party Meatballs
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the Marinara Sauce. Place the marinara sauce in a large pan and heat up over a medium heat.
    The first time I made this recipe, I used too much marinara sauce (photo below) which I then used to make another batch of meatballs. Keto Party Meatballs
  7. Take the meatballs from the oven and place in the pan with marinara sauce. Using a spoon or a spatula, cover with the sauce from all sides. Drain the olives (I used both green and black Kalamata olives).
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  8. Insert a toothpick into each olive and then into each meatball. Garnish with freshly chopped basil and enjoy!
    Tip: You can serve the marinara sauce separately from the meatballs by dipping into it. Keto Party Meatballs
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (10)

How many meatballs per serving>?


Hi Carly, it depends how you eat them (as a starter/ main dish?). Nutrition facts are "per meatballs" so 3 to 5 meatballs is one serving.


These are really good. I did some substituting, with things I had on hand like cheddar cheese for mozzarella, shallots for garlic.
I love all the recipes. Thank you so much it makes life easier. This new way of cooking is a challenge. I have the books and apps, and it's a great help.


That sounds yummy too! 😊 Thank you for your kind words!


Amazing meatballs and sauce.
Thanks so much for all your recipes and your app is fab also!


Thank you Lila!


Look delicious


Thank you! 😊


Thank you for these informational quotes in advance


Sure! I removed the marinara and olives and got 0.6 g net carbs per meatball 😊