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Pork Meatballs with Balsamic Sauce

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Oven & Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Balsamic pork meatballs




  • 3lbs ground pork
  • 2 leek stalks
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 grapefruit (or orange)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp¬†pastured beef gelatin
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • the greens from your¬† leek stalks
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp beef gelatin
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (or coconut vinegar)
  • 2 inch piece of citrus peel
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Cut your leeks right where the white turn green. Then cut the whites in half and wash any dirt out of them. Pat dry. Lay your leeks flat on the cutting board and mince, should yield about two cups, add them to a large bowl. Next add in your thyme, salt and coconut flour to the bowl.
  3. Juice your grapefruit and add it in. Add in balsamic vinegar Toss everything together. Sprinkle in the beef gelatin, and mix well.
  4. Add in the pork and mix it all up with hands until the leek mix is evenly incorporated into the pork. Spread coconut oil all over a sheet pan and with your greased hands roll 8-9 large meatballs from your mix. You can make them a little smaller at 1/4 pound a meatball and make 12. Either way, the goal is to make single serving meatballs! Pop these in the oven and set the timer to 35 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, wash your leek greens. Heat a large skillet on high heat, add in coconut oil. Slice your leek greens. Add them to the skillet with the grapefruit rind and saute until tender and beginning to brown.
  6. Lower heat to medium, add in the balsamic vinegar, it will quickly begin to boil down. Stir it.
  7. After about 30 seconds, add in coconut milk, salt and gelatin. Whisk to combine as it comes back up to a boil. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until it’s has become a little darker in color and thicker.
  8. Remove from heat and wait for meatballs to be ready. If they’re 1/3 pound they can take up to 40 minutes, depends on your oven and the size.
  9. When ready, plate meatballs and spoon leek and sauce all over them! These are perfect with zoodles or scalloped potatoes!


  • Serving Size: 1 large meatball
  • Calories: 115
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: Pork Balsamic Meatballs