Who doesn’t love a great steak??? Am I right??? It’s one of the most delicious things out there. Entire restaurant concepts are devoted to it, and for good reason – a high quality, perfectly cooked steak is a thing of beauty.
One of my favorite ways to eat steak (and there are many), is with with some form of blue cheese – like these Grilled Ribeyes with Gorgonzola Butter. Another of my favorite classic steak preparations is with sauteed mushrooms and red wine sauce.
For awhile now I’ve wanted to make a meatball that would be an ode to one of these combinations, and this past weekend I went for it.
When it came down to it though, I couldn’t decide how to choose between the two concepts for this week’s low carb meatball recipe. So in the end, I decided to combine ALL of my favorite steak accompaniments into one meatball dish!
I know it’s not really steak, but the flavor of the beef in the meatballs, with all of that other goodness included, makes it almost as delicious – and so much cheaper if you’re on a budget!
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I do recommend that you use a good quality ground beef for these – just don’t go too lean or you’ll sacrifice flavor and they could end up too dry. An 85/15 ratio of protein to fat would work well for this recipe.
Same goes for the red wine sauce – while there’s no need to bust out that bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite that you’ve been saving for a special occasion, you want a decent full-bodied red wine (think zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, or even merlot) for this recipe.
A good rule of thumb when cooking with wine is that if it doesn’t taste good when you drink it, it won’t taste good when you cook with it either. So please don’t drag out that half empty bottle of Riunite Lambrusco that’s been in the back of your fridge since the 1990’s for this sauce. I’m begging you to pour that swill down the sink already, and pony up the $8 – $10 for a drinkable red wine that will work in this recipe.
Or simply omit the red wine sauce altogether – the meatballs are still fantastic without it!
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For more great low carb and gluten free meatball recipes, check out these other IBIH Meatball Monday favorites!