Football is a national pastime with the goal to serve up tasty game day party food to hungry fans a top priority. Now while everyone wants game day food that tastes great, when healthy tailgate party recipes that are high in protein and lower in carbs like the following Party Girl Diet’s Sexy Abs Mini-Meatball Recipe hits the scene - it’s national nutrition news. National nutrition in this scenario is all about delicious, healthy food and beverage nutrition trends that make a positive impact on how we eat, live and play.
Healthy diet and nutrition savvy people looking to score sexy abs without being on a restrictive diet and those watching their carbohydrate intake will especially appreciate this healthy "Game Day" party food option on the menu:
Party Girl Diet Sexy Abs Mini-Meatballs:
Makes approximately 80 mini-meatballs or 18 -24 regular sized meatballs:
- 2 pounds total of a combination of ground beef, veal and pork
- 2-3 eggs depending on size, slightly beaten
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/2 cup plus more if you like of finely chopped onion
- Very big bunch of Italian Parsley chopped fine/leaves only
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Heaping tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper
Alternate Grandma Rose’s Recipe: To make her authentic Italian meatballs soft and moist, my Grandma Rose would add 3 slices of white bread or 2-3 hotdog rolls, chopped finely and soaked in about 1/2 cup of skim milk (or more).
1. If using Grandma Rose’s method: Soak chopped bread in milk till it is nice and mushy, proceed to step #2. If omitting the soaked bread start with #2 below:
2. Add eggs, garlic, shallot, parsley, onions, cheese, salt and pepper and mix well.
3. Add chopped meat and mix well using your *hands; there is no alternative
4. When thoroughly mixed, form into meatballs by rolling in your palms. You should make 18 to 24 regular sized meatballs, or close to 80 or so mini-meatballs depending on how large or small you make them.
5. Baking Method: Place meatballs in lightly oiled, (good olive oil of course), cookie tin sheet and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Do not overcook. The meatballs may be browned in a frying pan; however, the baking is easier, and considered a healthier cooking method.
6. When cool remove meatballs from pan and scrape off any fat that has formed.
Cooking Method Note: To make your meatballs with the traditional sautéed method, watch the California Living™ with host Aprilanne Hurley TV show segment on this page for a step-by-step guide on how to make authentic Italian Meatballs with Sonoma Executive Chef Graziano Perozzi.
Make Ahead Tip: You can make the Party Girl Diet’s Sexy Abs Meatballs ahead of time and freeze them by laying them out on a cookie sheet and covering to freeze for later use.
Serving Tip: Add a decorative toothpick to each mini-meatball and plate ahead of time for easy serving, or have toothpicks readily available for guests to select their own Sexy Abs Mini-Meatball to dip into a side bowl of heated jarred or Fresh Tomato Sauce for dipping. Until next time, keep the party going ~ Aprilanne
The Party Girl Diet's Sexy Abs Mini-Meatball Recipe is one of a group of healthy and delicious sexy abs promoting recipes in Aprilanne Hurley's soon to be released Sexy Abs Playbook™ accompanying Hurley's Party Girl Diet™ healthy lifestyle book on Amazon.com.