Keto Pizza Meatball Bites Recipe
Just when you thought keto couldn’t get more delicious, here it is: pizza meatballs. Make this keto pizza meatball bites recipe as an appetizer the next time you host. You’ll be the hit of the party!
How to Make a Meatball Taste Like Pizza
This one is a bit of a head-scratcher. Replicating all of the magical flavors that make up pizza can’t possibly work in meatball form…or can it?
I made it my mission to find out.
Obviously, there are some complications that come from the low-carb requirement. It’s not going to do any good if these meatball bites aren’t keto.
And downsizing a big flour-filled, doughy slice of pizza won’t exactly pass inspection.
I had to dig deeper for ingredients that scream “pizza” without simultaneous warning bells for the number of carbohydrates they contain.
One of my favorite pizza toppings is bacon, so I started there. Bacon is of course also eaten alone or in combination with many other foods besides pizza, so my quest for pizza meatball perfection had to soldier on.
Olives are one of those foods that seem to come out especially for pizza. I invited black olives to this party and found them to be a fitting partner with the other ingredients.
Next came basil. I don’t know about you, but fresh basil says pizza to me. Actually, it screams it, and that’s why I added some to this recipe.
You haven’t heard a mention of cheese yet. Kind of a big deal in a pizza recipe.
Actually, I don’t recommend cheese on keto. Or dairy, really.
What I can offer you instead is a little something called nutritional yeast. It offers the flavor of cheese in little flaky tidbits.
Finally, you’ll add keto pizza sauce. I really recommend making your own, because the vast majority of store-bought sauces have way more carbs than you want to sign up for.
More Keto Recipes
It can be easy to get lured into thinking just because you’re on keto you can’t eat all the good things.
It’s not true.
Sometimes you just have to look a little harder or get a little creative to make it happen.
Fortunately, I’ve collected a list of some of the best keto recipes around, so you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out at all.
In fact, your friends might just be jealous of all that wonderful food you’ve always got and want to know how to make it themselves.
If you want, you can share this list with them. It’s got everything from keto brownie shakes to keto coconut shrimp.
Pizza and meatballs in one delicious bite.
- 1/4 lb (110 g) prosciutto or bacon
- 1/4 onion
- 1 lb (450 g) ground pork (or chicken)
- 10 black olives, pits removed
- 10 basil leaves
- 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Keto Pizza Sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
- Food process all the ingredients together well.
- Form small meatballs from the ingredients.
- Place on a parchment paper lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes, turning after 10 minutes.
- Place cocktail sticks into the meatballs.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 2 g
- Calories: 277
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 18 g
- Carbohydrates: 2 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 27 g