search
top

March Meatball Madness

march_meatball_madness_f01

March Madness, an American college basketball competition, is celebrated in office betting pools and beer-soaked bars across the U.S. Although I am firmly an NFL football girl — and a Fug Madness girl — I’m also a girl that cannot resist alliteration.

And meatballs.

So, along with my husband Dave (tall enough for basketball but really more of a reader) and some paleo friends, I shared paleo meatball recipes throughout the month, along with a little sprinkling of basketball lingo and slang because I am also a sucker for specialty vocabulary. Go ahead! You can call me a baller.

hr_brown1
The New Players Recipes

In addition to the new meatball recipes I rolled out (see what I did there?!), I also shared a special edition of Tuesday 10 that makes the case for meatballs as the Franchise Player of your plate, explained the science behind meatball mixing methods, and offered an assist from Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Rice. Alley-oop!

jalapenobaconBacon-Jalapeno Burger Balls with Dill Relish & Awesome Sauce


meatballstrip
Tuesday 10: Meatballs Are The Franchise Players of Your Plate


bakso
Bakso (Indonesian Beef Balls) from The Domestic Man


pestochicken
Chicken Pesto Meatballs in Marinara


meatballbanner
Crockpot Italian Meatballs (with liver) from Stupid Easy Paleo


mixer_method
Making “Meat Dough”


Basic-Meatballs-7178
Classic Meatballs from Elana’s Pantry


rice_process
An Assist: Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Rice


gyoza_wellfed2
Gyoza Meatballs from Well Fed 2


soup2
Gyoza Soup with Pork Broth from Paleo Periodical


cuban_wellfed2
Cuban Meatballs with Pan-Fried Plantains from Well Fed 2

hr_brown1
Highlight Reel Recipes

Here are some of my previously posted meatball recipes that are worthy of an all-star lineup!

firstbatch
Old School Italian Meat Sauce

Tender beef meatballs (along with sausage and pork) simmered in basil-tomato sauce

Turkey and Cranberry Meatballs
The traditional flavors of Thanksgiving, anytime and portable

batch2

Moroccan Meatballs
Succulent lamb meatballs simmered in a tomato sauce spiced with cumin and paprika

Czech Meatballs
Just the right touch of caraway and mustard with pork

batch3

Merguez Meatballs
Lamb seasoned with Merguez Sausage Seasoning — a French-Moroccan favorite

Bora Bora Fireballs
Tropical paradise on your plate: pork and pineapple, rolled in toasted coconut

hr_brown1
Mad for Meatballs?

If you like meatballs as much as I like meatballs, you might want to check out Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat, which includes 15 meatball varieties, as well as instructions for cooking on the stovetop, the grill, and in the oven. Tips on freezing and defrosting, too!

hr_brown1

Tags: , ,

11 Responses to “March Meatball Madness”

  1. paprikapink says:

    So timely! We just invested in the food grinder attachment for our stand-mixer; a month of meatballin’ will give it the serious workout out needs.

  2. Bring on the balls! I just got my meat delivery and seemed to have gone crazy on the mince (ground meat). Bring on the inspiration, lady!

  3. Emily says:

    Oh I am so excited. I love balls. :-) I’ve made at least half of the variations in WF2 and uh…bacon-jalapeno burger balls with special sauce? YES PLEASE. Never before have I looked forward to March Madness, but never before has March Madness involved MEATBALLS!

  4. Lynn says:

    The Thai Green Curry meatballs from WF2 have become a favorite all-time meal for my husband and I, plus all 6 of my kids eat them too (even one of my super-picky ones!). I’m looking forward to some new ideas this month.

  5. DJDeeJay says:

    I’ve also made about half the meatball variations in WF2 and they’re fantastic. The Banh mi and Italian are my favorites so far. Can’t wait for even more ideas. Thanks for doing this!

  6. MaGabLoTe says:

    I love your Moroccan meatballs! And so does family.
    Yesterday I bought a lot of organic ground meat to do some meatball recipe again, since they are easy to carry and for hubby to heat when I have evening classes.
    I guess I’ll wait for some of the new recipes then.
    Thanks!

  7. Noblepower says:

    It might be embarrassing how excited I am to hear that it’s March Meatball Madness. Then again, maybe it just shows I have good taste!
    Bring on the balls!

  8. Jinny says:

    Oh how I love your balls! I’m so excited to see that it’s Meatball Madness March! I been needing some motivation to get me back on track and these will definitely do the trick!

  9. […] you are not reading Melissa’s March Meatball Madness posts, please remedy that right away. I mean I am having food dreams about Bacon Jalapeno Burger Balls […]

  10. Drstephaniedvm says:

    We love your meatballs!! I give your cookbooks all the credit for why when asked what they want for dinner my tow year olds usually say “Meatballs!”

  11. johanna says:

    Love your sense of humor but I can’t believe there isn’t a Schwetty Balls recipe yet! And I think it needs to contain coconut aminos and chopped ginger–a little zip and a little zing… ooooo schwetty! Love love love both Well Feds, and we had Greek Balls for dinner tonight :)

  12. […] Last month I had the pleasure of contributing to Melissa Joulwan’s awesome meatball recipe collection, “March Meatball Madness.” My dish, Bakso, is one of my favorite ways to eat ground meat. Be sure to check out the rest of March Meatball Madness on her blog, The Clothes Make the Girl! […]

Post a comment

Like what you've read? Got something to say? Lay it on me!

Current day month ye@r *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

top