Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Gluten Free & Paleo

I absolutely love meatballs.  They are one of my favorite main dishes. I enjoy eating them alone or in a recipe.  Spaghetti and Meatballs and Meatball Subs are two favorite dishes from my childhood. When I grew up, my Mom always made her meatballs with breadcrumbs, torn pieces of bread or crumbled crackers. There was always some sort of  bread or gluten containing food in with the meatballs.  That’s what made them moist and kept them from falling apart. I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and this post has been sponsored.

Meatballs without breadcrumbs: gluten free and paleo

Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Gluten Free & Paleo

Now that we know my daughter is gluten intolerant and I am following the Paleo diet, we try not to cook with products that are made with grains. This leaves out bread, crackers and breadcrumbs.  Thankfully, I don’t need to give up one of my family’s favorite meals any longer.  This recipe for meatballs without breadcrumbs are just as delicious as the ones I remember from my childhood.

Meatballs without Breadcrumbs
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  • 1 pound of grass fed beef
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 tbsp organic dill pickles, finely chopped (I use the brand "Real Pickles")
  • 1 tbsp organic black olives, finely chopped
  • 1 jar of organic spaghetti sauce with no added sugar


  1. Fry the bacon until they are cooked & dry to remove excess grease. Chop into small pieces.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Roll into 15-18 meatballs about the size of a golf ball.
  4. Heat a non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs until cooked through. Fry in batches if necessary.
  5. Drain most of the grease and pour in the jar of sauce. Simmer until warm for about 15 minutes, rolling the meatballs in the sauce as it warms.
Cuisine: Paleo, Gluten Free | Recipe Type: Entree

Meatballs without breadcrumbs: gluten free and paleo

Spaghetti and meatballs is one of my family’s favorite meals. Marty and my husband can enjoy these meatballs without breadcrumbs over traditional pasta.  My daughter enjoys her over gluten free pasta.  I enjoy mine over spaghetti squash when it’s in season or just in a bowl with some sauce when it’s not.  I cannot make meatballs without thinking of the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  Have you seen these yet? So funny! Did you know that you can watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Netflix right now? What a great movie tie in for dinner.

Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Gluten Free & Paleo

Netflix has lots of great family movies for everyone from toddlers all the way to teens and adults. Here are a few to choose from this month:

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  1. My family would love these and they are perfect for movie night!  I can’t wait to try them out.  Thanks for the weekend inspiration!

  2. Great recipe! It has been ages since I have had a good meat ball! I love bacon so this is AWESOME!!

  3. Love that it’s a paleo recipe!  I would never think to add pickles. #StreamTeam 😉

  4. My friend follows the paleo diet. This looks really good and a great dish!

  5. I’ll have to pass this along to my friend. She found out shes got a few food allergies so her Dr. put her on this diet. She’s lost 35lbs. These look so yummy. I might test them on my boyfriend as well. Haha. Thanks for sharing & Happy Friday!

  6. Ow Wow Ellen, these look amazing. I have never seen a meatball recipe with dill pickles in it. I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  7. I am going to try these.  Looks great!

  8. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing! I would love if you would stop by my Friday Favorites Linkup and share!

  9. Love this meatball recipe! thanks for sharing this on Fabulous Friday Party last week, Hope to see more of your great posts at my next party, next friday

  10. Thanks for sharing and linking back to the #WWDParty.

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a fantastic day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Delicious Recipe Ellen it is crispy without bread crumbs. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.

  13. vegetarianmamma (Cindy) says:

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party!  I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest!  🙂  I can’t wait to see what you share next time! 

  14. Christina P says:

    Loved how you can do this for a movie night. Interesting choice with the pickles. I will try this soon!


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