BREAKFAST MEATBALLS

I have to say, I think breakfast sausages are one of my favorite types of sausages. And it doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, you know it’s a breakfast sausage just by the smell when it’s being cooked up. I’ve been tweaking my breakfast sausage recipe for awhile now and I think I finally nailed it. Also, I took it one step further and made them into meatballs, cause who doesn’t love tasty balls in the morning (insert “monkey covering his eyes” emoji here)

Now, you don’t have to make them into meatballs. I’m not the boss of you. If patties or links are your thing, then do it! I like the idea of meatballs because I can do fun stuff, like sticking them on top of roasted sweet potatoes. And how cool would it be to spiralize a sweet potato and then throw these meatballs on top of it. In fact, I’m putting that on my to do list. (I’ll post that picture on my instagram)

These meatballs have maple syrup on them. If you are doing a whole30, or planning on doing one, just omit the maple syrup!! If you are not doing a whole30, you smother those bad boys with ALL.THE.SYRUP. Trust me on this. The syrup over the meatballs and onto the sweet potatoes……heavenly!

BREAKFAST MEATBALLS

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16-20

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbl dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • drizzle of pure maple syrup
  • OPTIONAL: Sweet potatoes, roasted or spiralized

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a bowl mix ground pork, all seasonings, and egg together
  3. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet
  4. Bake for 20-25 min or until cooked through.
  5. Drizzle maple syrup ALL over it.
  6. To make sweet potatoes, slice thinly (not too thin, you don't want them to become "chips") then drizzle oil over the top of them.
  7. Place on a baking sheet and stick in oven at 400 degrees.
  8. Cook for 8 min then flip and cook another 8-10 min or until cooked through.

Notes

These meatballs freeze well. To re-heat place in a 375 degree oven until hot.

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And as I am typing this out I’m thinking about all the delicious things you can put these balls on. Make sweet potato “toast”, put a couple of the meatballs on top and drizzle the syrup all over it. (Like a breakfast meatball sub). You could also add a fried egg to it, or even put them on top of pancakes or waffles. How would you use them? The world is your meatball!! (okay, I’m done now)

 

 

Whole30: yes, omit maple syrup

Paleo: yes

 

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