My Rosemary Meatball Bites are a two bite appetizer that is perfect for the holidays! I use a mix of ground pork and ground beef, rosemary, and top these with a spritz of lemon juice and lemon zest. You can also make these Rosemary Meatball Bites and add them to salads or pasta!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
You will love this recipe as these Rosemary Meatball Bites are so easy to make! I use a mixture of ground beef and ground pork for the best flavor. I mix in breadcrumbs, rosemary, and a few simple spices. These meatballs are topped with lemon zest and little lemon juice to finish. I love making this recipe because I can add these meatballs to so many things like salads, pizza, pasta, and more!
If you’ve had friends and family hanging around for the holidays you have probably been cooking and baking up a storm! And with New Year’s right around the corner, you may be planning to do even more cooking and baking!
If you’re hosting friends or family for New Year’s, then appetizers and small bites are king. And this recipe for Rosemary Meatball Bites makes the perfect appetizer for a party. This recipe for homemade meatballs with beef and pork are easy and so fun to make!
I created this recipe with my friends at Organic Prairie using their Organic Grassfed Ground Beef and their Organic Ground Pork. I love making homemade meatballs with beef and pork as it gives the meatballs more flavor! My YiaYia made meatballs growing up, and she always made them this way, so that’s the way I do it too.
These homemade meatballs with beef and pork start out with mixing up the meat, breadcrumbs, Organic Valley Ghee, and spices. You can use a spatula, or you can get in there with your hands, which makes it a lot easier!
When the meat and spices are all combined, then it’s time to roll the meatballs into balls. I use a tablespoon to measure them out so they are all even in size. Making sure that your meatballs are even in size is important for baking time, because this way they will all be done at the same time. If you have meatballs that are smaller or larger, they could be undercooked or overcooked, and we don’t want that!
Once the meatballs are rolled into balls and placed on the prepared baking sheet, it’s time to bake them off. The oven does all the work for these homemade meatballs with beef and pork, and it cooks and browns them to perfection.
Once the meatballs are cooked and removed from the oven, I top these Rosemary Meatball Bites with a little lemon zest and lemon juice (optional). Then I stick the with a toothpick so your guests can easily grab one and pop it in their mouth!
You don’t have to make these Rosemary Meatball Bites for a party either. Delaney and I make them all the time for an easy dinner, and we add them onto pasta with butter and parmesan for an easy dinner. We’ll also use leftovers and heat them up on a baguette with tomato sauce and mozzarella for an easy meatball sub!
Can I make these in advance?
Yes, these are an easy recipe that can be made in advance of a party or dinner. You can easily reheat meatballs in the oven, toaster oven, or air fryer! They reheat wonderfully and taste just as good!
What if I don’t have Ghee?
What else can I make with these Rosemary Meatball Bites?
You can use these meatballs as a topper for pasta. I like to add them on top of penne pasta with some simple butter and parmesan for an easy dinner. You can also add them onto a baguette with tomato sauce and mozzarella for an easy meatball sub. And, you can even add them into a salad with any kind of greens or veggies you have and an Italian dressing for a delicious salad!
How should I store these Rosemary Meatball Bites?
These should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. But, you can also freeze them for up to 1 month! Just store in an airtight container in the freezer.
Ingredients I used to make this recipe for Rosemary Meatball Bites
O Organics Panko Bread Crumbs
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you’re making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don’t need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it’s already a healthy recipe, or you’re already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn’t mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Rosemary Meatball BitesDifficulty: Easy
This easy recipe for Rosemary Meatball Bites makes a great appetizer for any party! Use leftover meatballs for pasta, salad, or sandwiches!
1 pound Organic Prairie Ground Pork
1/2 cup diced organic yellow onion
2 tablespoons Organic Valley Ghee, melted
1 tablespoon organic dried rosemary
5 organic garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 teaspoon organic black pepper
1 cup organic Panko breadcrumbs
2 springs organic fresh rosemary
1 organic lemon
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, add the ground beef, ground pork, onion, melted ghee, dried rosemary, garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Mix together until uniform. You can do this with a spatula, but I find it’s easier to use your hands.
- Add the eggs and stir with a spatula to combine. Add the breadcrumbs and stir to combine completely.
- Using a tablespoon, measure meatballs, and then roll with your hands to form a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet, they can be close together, but not touching.
- Break up the springs of rosemary and add onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 to 35, or until the meatballs are brown and have an internal temperature of 145°F. Turn the oven to broil, and broil for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until golden-brown. Remove from the oven.
- Zest the lemon top of the meatballs and squeeze a little lemon juice on top (optional). Stick with a toothpick and serve immediately.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- High Altitude – Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the meatballs are brown and have an internal temperature of 145°F. Turn the oven to broil, and broil for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown.
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