So I’m over my Asian kick for now, and moving on to Italian flavors for the next few weeks of Meatball Mondays! I don’t know about you guys, but when the cooler weather hits, I start to crave heavier, more comforting flavors in my meals.
It doesn’t get much more comforting than these tender, sagey meatballs, swimming in a butter and white wine sauce that is flavored with crispy Pancetta, and even more fresh sage.
Served over a velvety cauliflower mash? Heaven in a bowl people – believe it.
But don’t let my words convince you, just look at the photos. If that doesn’t make you hungry to make this recipe ASAP, then I give up!
Seriously – if these pictures aren’t making you poke your screen with a fork, then I need to reconsider my career path. Maybe our local Walmart is hiring greeters. I’d be an awesome greeter…
Scratch that, I wouldn’t last a day. I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough restraint for that job…
“Excuse me, Ma’am? Your pajamas are showing. Our clothing section is running a deal on actual pants – you know, for leaving the house in? You’re welcome.”
Anyhoo, this low carb meatball recipe is inspired by the classic Italian Veal Saltimbocca dish. Traditionally it would include filets of veal pounded thin, fresh sage leaves, and thin ribbons of prosciutto wrapped together and served in a white wine sauce.
I took some liberties in this recipe, replacing the traditional veal with ground turkey because it’s cheaper and easier to find – plus baby cows are adorable as you can see in my Instagram feed.
Instead of Prosciutto, I used chopped Pancetta in the meatball mix, and also in the sauce (you can cheat and use regular bacon if that’s what you have on hand.) There is sage present in all of the elements, but not overpoweringly so.
I served these over the Better than Potatoes Cheesy Cauliflower Puree recipe – it’s optional but I highly recommend it! Cooked spaghetti squash or zucchini “noodles” would also be a great accompaniment.
Overall I was thrilled with how this Saltimbocca concept translated into a low carb meatball recipe. I hope you guys will like it as much as we all did – be sure to let me know the verdict after you try them out!
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