Gluten is a protein found in many grains. It is found in most breads, cereals, and pasta. Some people have a condition called celiac disease and have developed an immune response to gluten that damages the intestine, this makes it necessary for them to avoid the protein.
Approximately, 1 percent of the population has this disease, and naturally they still crave yummy foods like meatballs. Admittedly, I have not done a lot of gluten free cooking, but I have decided to commit to doing more. For beginners, I am sharing this awesome recipe for gluten free meatballs.
- ½ pound lean ground beef
- ½ pound ground pork
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 dash red pepper sauce
- 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- ⅓ cup ricotta cheese
- ½ cup grated Romano cheese
- ½ cup seasoned finely crushed Rice Chex
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, blend beef, salt, onion, basil, thyme, oregano, garlic, hot pepper sauce, red pepper flakes, and Worcestershire sauce; mix well.
Add the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, and crushed Rice Chex. Mix until evenly blended, then form into 1½-inch meatballs, and place onto a baking sheet.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the center is no longer pink.
Enjoy these, they are another perfect game day recipe!