Elk Meatballs with Sweet + Spicy Sauce

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 45 meatballs
Author: Justin + Erica Winn
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Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground elk meat (or substitute beef or bison)
  • 8 oz spicy Italian sausage - we use the Isernio's brand from Trader Joe's
  • 1/4 onion - diced very small
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 6 small mushrooms - diced very small (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley - diced small
  • 3 Tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

For the sauce:

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix all of the meatball ingredients together in a large bowl. Use your hands and make sure that everything is really mixed together well.
  • Shape the meat into small meatballs and place them on a large baking sheet. I used about 1 Tbsp for each meatball for a small, bite-sized appetizer style meatball.
  • Once all of the meatballs are made, place the baking sheet in the oven to cook for 30 minutes.
  • When the meatballs have about 10 minutes of cooking time left, go ahead and start the sauce.
  • Place a small pot over medium heat and add in all of the ingredients except for the flour. Mix the sauce well and allow it to heat up.
  • When the sauce is just about to bubble, add in the flour. It will thicken up the sauce a bit and make it perfect for dipping. Turn down the heat to low and let the sauce simmer until the meatballs are done.
  • Serve the meatballs and sauce with some toothpicks for dipping and enjoy!