Meatballs with Brown Gravy
If you have fond memories of meatballs and brown gravy served over rice or with mashed potatoes, you’re going to love this recipe! And if not, you’re still going to love it. Using homemade bone broth creates a nice, thick gravy. If you only have boxed broth or stock, it will still work, but you may need to thicken the gravy with egg yolk (see note below). Serve over cauliflower rice or mashed fauxtatoes.
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (or unsalted butter if not dairy sensitive)
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 2 pounds ground beef (85/15)
- 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (omit if dairy free)
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil (or unsalted butter if not dairy sensitive)
- 1 cup beef bone broth
- 1 tsp coconut aminos or wheat-free tamari
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp fish sauce (optional, for umani flavor)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Heat the coconut oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Add the onions, sprinkle with the salt, and cook gently for about 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent. remove the onions to a bowl to cool.
Put the ground beef, mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, and egg in a bowl. When the onion mixture is no longer hot to the touch, add it to the meat mixture and work everything together with your hands.
Shape the meat mixture into 2-inch balls and place the balls on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
To make the gravy, place all the ingredients for the gravy in a saucepan. Boil, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the gravy is thick and bubbly. Serve the meatballs with the gravy.
*If using store-bough broth, pour 1/2 cup of the broth (unheated) into a small bowl. Add 1 egg yolk and whisk to combine. After the gravy mixture has boiled for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to low and slowly whisk the egg yolk mixture into the hot gravy. Continue to heat while whisking until the sauce has thickened; this is somewhat like how hollandaise sauce is thickened, but in reverse.