Potsticker Paleo Meatballs

Paleo Potsticker Meatballs by Worthy Pause

Oooooh hoo hoo, I'm over-the-moon about this recipe. I love meatballs. That's not a secret. Eventually there will probably be like, 50+ meatball recipes on this blog. The first thing I like about meatballs is that you can make a huge batch of them and have food for days and days. The second thing is that it's easy to stuff a bunch of vegetables into them—and as any five-year old (or adult, for that matter) will tell you, this is good news.

This was inspired by some non-paleo Asian meatballs that I've made a few times for parties (or just for eating). They are like eating the inside of a potsticker, which we can all agree is the best part of a potsticker.

I've spent years perfecting this recipe and I dare you not to like it.

Paleo Potsticker Meatballs by Worthy Pause

Potsticker Meatballs

Paleo & Whole30-approved

Ingredients

1 lb ground pork
2 medium carrots, finely grated
1 pint mushrooms, finely chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
3 green onions, minced
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 T sesame oil (or sub olive oil or coconut oil if you aren't eating sesame oil)
2 T coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute)
2 tsp powdered ginger
salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredient together, roll into small balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for ~15 minutes or until cooked through.


Paleo Gyoza Sauce

Paleo & Whole30-approved

Ingredients

1/3 cup coconut aminos
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 T sesame oil
couple of fresh slices of ginger (or sub ground ginger)
a small drizzle of honey (optional, but the added sweetness is nice in this sauce)
black pepper and red pepper, to taste

Instructions

Simmer all ingredients in a sauce pan for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. The honey will help to thicken the sauce a little, but it will be pretty watery by nature. Fish the fresh ginger out. DIP your meatballs. EAT.


Ideas, thoughts and other uses

  • These are perfect for parties served with the gyoza sauce or another paleo-friendly dipping sauce... or toothpick them to a cucumber slice with kimchi in between.
  • As a meal, these little guys are so versatile: I've eaten them with cucumber noodles (as pictured) or on a salad, with roasted brussels sprouts, with fried cauliflower rice, lettuce boats, in a zucchini or spaghetti squash "noodle"stir-fry, meatball soup... I could go on and on.
  • You could substitute chicken or turkey to make these meatballs, but because poultry is so much leaner, the texture will be more dry. 
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This recipe was originally published January 30, 2013 but has been updated since with new photos and a few tweaks to the recipe.