Salisbury Steak Meatballs (Paleo)

An easy and delicious recipe for paleo Salisbury Steak Meatballs simmered in an irresistible mushroom onion gravy. Even if you don’t follow a paleo diet you’re still going to love this recipe!

SALISBURY STEAK MEATBALLS (PALEO)

One of the many reasons I’ve been so successful following a Paleo diet is because of delicious recipes like this Salisbury Steak Meatballs! This recipe has a ton of flavor and my entire family loves it! Mr. Mother Thyme says it’s on his favorites list which says a lot. Trust me, over the years I’ve had him try a lot of recipes that just don’t make the cut. When he raves about a recipe or tells me to put it on the dinner rotation I know he really likes it.

These Salisbury Steak Meatballs has been in the works for awhile and I’m excited to share this recipe with you. Even if you don’t follow a paleo diet you’re still going to love this recipe, trust me! If you’re looking for some new and tasty recipes to add to your dinner menu this winter you’ll want to add this to the list for sure! The is the ultimate comfort food perfect for a chilly fall or winter day!

SALISBURY STEAK MEATBALLS (PALEO)

SALISBURY STEAK MEATBALLS (PALEO)

This recipe is incredibly easy to make and all comes together in one skillet. If you have a large cast iron skillet I encourage you to use that. I love using my cast iron skillet especially in this recipe as you get all the yummy brown bits from meatballs mixed with the delicious mushroom onion gravy. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, no worries! Just use your favorite large deep skillet and you’ll be all set. If you want to save a little time and don’t mind an extra pan to wash you can cook the meatballs in one skillet and cook the mushrooms and onions in another. This will save you about 20 minutes but you’ll miss out on getting the little brown bits all soaked up in gravy when you’re cooking the mushrooms and onions.

This recipe was inspired by my recipe for French Onion Chicken that has been incredibly popular. If you haven’t had a chance to try that recipe yet you’ll definitely want to try it too! It’s loaded with caramelized onions simmered in a thick beef gravy. It’s super good! Since I follow a paleo diet I still make it with just a few modifications. I don’t add the cheese and I use arrowroot instead of flour to thicken the sauce. Even with those little changes it still is delish!

SALISBURY STEAK MEATBALLS (PALEO)

You’ll notice in my recipe I add warm water. That isn’t a typo and I know if might be a little scary for some people but trust me, it’s what makes these meatballs so tender! I’ve added warm water to my meatballs for years and it never fails! Just mix the meat mixture really well first then add the water. If you’ve never done this before at first you’ll think it’s a mistake but add you mix in the water the water will absorbed into the meat. Use your hands to really combine it well and you’ll be good to go! If you’re a little skeptical then add 1/4 cup water at first, mix it in then add the remaining water.

This recipe for Salisbury Steak Meatballs is just as good! No wonder why Mr. Mother Thyme loves it! The meatballs are crispy on the outside and tender and full of flavor on the inside. The meatballs are simmered in an incredible mushroom onion gravy which I could just eat with a spoon! They’re great served on top of mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower or my personal favorite, just by itself! I just take some meatballs and a big spoonful (or two) of the gravy and dig in!

SALISBURY STEAK MEATBALLS (PALEO)

 

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Salisbury Steak Meatballs (Paleo)

  • Author: Jenn
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings - 25 meatballs 1x

Ingredients

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Meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Mushroom Onion Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion (sliced)
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Meatballs

  1. In a large bowl mix together ground beef, almond flour, egg, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, ground mustard, thyme and pepper until combined.
  2. Add water and mix well (using your hands is best) until combined and water is absorbed.
  3. Form meat mixture into 1 1/2-2 inch balls and place on a large plate or baking sheet.
  4. Preheat 2 tablespoons olive in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Working in batches add meatballs without crowding the pan and cook about 4-5 minutes per side until browned. Transfer to a clean dish and set aside and continue cooking remaining meatballs.
  6. Remove all the remaining meatballs from the pan and set aside.
  7. Drain any excess grease from the pan before making gravy.

Mushroom Onion Gravy

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet still over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and mushrooms and cook, scraping any of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan from the meatballs and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes until onions are tender.
  3. Add minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute longer until fragrant.
  4. Add 1 1/2 cups beef broth to skillet.
  5. In a small bowl whisk arrowroot with remaining 1/2 cup beef broth until arrowroot is dissolved and then pour into pan.
  6. Stir gravy and bring to a low boil then reduce heat to medium.
  7. Season gravy with a pinch of salt and pepper and thyme.
  8. Add in meatballs and turn to coat in gravy.
  9. Cook for 10 minutes until gravy thickens.

Notes

To save time you can cook the meatballs and mushrooms onion gravy in 2 separate pans.
Check out the post for additional tips about this recipe!
I use Trader Joe’s blanched almond flour for this recipe.

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