Parmesan and Pine Nut-Studded Beef Meatballs

These meatballs are so, so, so addictively delicious, if I do say so myself! Try not to stand there and eat several right out of the pan when you first take them out of the oven like I did! The minced garlic, parmesan, olive oil, and pine nuts lend such rich flavors to good ol’ ground beef. Of course, ground beef is no slouch itself when it’s organic and grass-fed! A free ranging, grass-fed diet is better for the animals and better for your belly (grass-fed beef has been found to be leaner than grain-fed beef and also contains more beneficial antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, according to an article on its benefits posted on the Mayo Clinic’s website). So, hooray!
Serve these babies as an appetizer or as a topper to your favorite pasta or pasta-substitute dish (as I did with the Italian farro pictured above).
-1 pound ground beef
-1/4 cup grated parmesan
-1/4 cup bread crumbs
-2 tbs. olive oil
-2 tsp. minced garlic
-1 tsp. diced flat-leaf parsley
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1/2 tsp. black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the ground beef with the other ingredients and form the mixture into equal-sized meatballs about two inches in diameter (this should yield about 10 of them). Bake for 15 minutes, at which point they’ll be all warm and juicy and gloriously, enjoyably delicious!

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