Hi there and happy Friday! Are you a football fan? We are big Oregon football fans here in the Sparkle household. Living in Arizona, I thought I would be the sole Oregon fan, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the amount of Duck love there is here. There is even a bar nearby that is decorated with everything Oregon Ducks. I mean, how could you not love the Duck?
But I digress. Last night was the Oregon vs. Arizona game, and I work with plenty of Wildcats. Discussions can get pretty heated at times, so I thought I would
get people to fill their mouths smooth things over with some tasty football shaped meatballs. The best thing about these meatballs is that I used almond meal instead of breadcrumbs. The meatballs are so much moister this way, and it makes the meatballs gluten free.
You can buy almond meal at the grocery store or a natural foods store, but I prefer to just make my own. If you have a food processor or even a blender you can whip it up really quickly. Using the chop mode of the food processor, put your almonds in. Be careful not to overdo it because it will turn into almond flour and then almond butter. Once you have a good amount of it chopped up to a mealy looking powder, sift it to get out the big chunks of almond. Throw those big chunks back in the food processor and repeat. It’s so easy. You can then add italian seasoning or other spices to flavor it up. It’s perfect in place of breadcrumbs.
Serving Size: 4 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 119mg Sodium: 1311mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g Protein: 32g
After mixing all the meatball ingredients, shape them into meatballs. (I hate touching raw meat. Slimy!)
The hardest part about the meatballs is placing the mozzarella cheese so it resembles the ties on a football. It takes patience and the cheese will melt into the meatball, so you have to act quickly.
Check out some other great football related ideas from some of my blogger friends!
- Team Spirit Cake Push-up Pops (with Nebraska topper printables)
- DIY Custom Football Number Shirts
- Fried Pickles
- Football Subway Art Printable
- Stuffed Potato Footballs
- Football-themed Pizzas
- Game Day Chili Bar
- Crispy Bourbon Caesar Sausages
- DIY Football Field Table Cover