First of all, allow me to say that I am so very sorry about the quality (and quantity) of the food photography on this blog. This is no Southern Living, that’s for sure! I have to admit that my first thoughts are always about the quality of the food and not so much about the pictures. Thank you for the grace you are showing me in this arena! I really am working to make the pictures more lovely. My biggest problem continues to be forgetting to get that dang memory card out of the computer and back into my camera. Ugh. I’m trying, I promise.
So you should know that there is not going to be a pretty, finished picture of these meatballs. I do have some process pics though so hope that helps! **Update: When we had our family super bowl party, I made sure I took some pictures, so now you have a finished dish picture so drool over. 🙂
Now onto the recipe. My goal with this recipe was cocktail meatballs. In my trial recipe, I made them a little too big for appetizer size, but the taste was spot on and that’s what really matters.
You could, obviously, make these any size you want, but if you’re planning to serve them as an appetizer, bite size is best. And by bite size I mean small enough that even the daintiest lady in your group can get the whole thing in her mouth without obtaining a tomato sauce beard and mustache.
I have been really good this week with my Whole 30 – 21 Day Sugar Detox so I tried really hard to make these without any added sugar. Tomatoes are so acidic, I just didn’t know if they would turn out well minus a little shot of something sweet to balance the flavors. Thankfully, the long simmer did the trick. All that goodness the meat brought to the table worked to mellow out the sauce. BUT, at the end I added a little honey and it sweetened up the sauce just enough to make this dish totally irresistible. They were super good without the honey, but the honey took them over the top. Add it or leave it out and you still get a really good appetizer for your Super Bowl bash.
These would be delicious as a topper for your favorite paleo noodles or even as a soup if you thinned the sauce with some additional broth and added some chopped up veggies. So versatile. So yummy. Can’t go wrong with these!