Quick Quinoa Meatballs

Instead of salt, a variety of spices are used to add flavor to this holiday appetizer.  Recipe makes 24 meatballs.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup diced shallot (or onion)
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Put the quinoa in 1 cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the water is absorbed, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Check occasionally and stir to make sure that the bottom of the pan isn’t burning or sticking.
  • Take the saucepan off the heat, transfer the quinoa to a bowl and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • While the quinoa is cooling, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl.
  • Using your hands, mix until evenly distributed.
  • Shape the mixture into golf ball-sized balls.
  • Place on the baking sheet and bake 12-15 minutes.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!