YThese low carb Middle Eastern meatballs taste like kibbeh using cauliflower instead of cracked wheat. A deliciously different appetizer or main dish. Each meatball has only 0.5g net carbs and is Paleo too!
You might also like these low carb slow cooker Middle Eastern ribs.
I remember going to Florida for a few days with my parents in the winter when I was in college. My aunt Margo would load a big shopping bag full of her Lebanese dishes like kibbeh, grape leaves, spinach pies etc. I being a snotty college kid was embarrassed to carry all this smelly food on the plane but as luck would have it I sat by someone who was very familiar with all the tasty treats my aunt pack for me. And as soon as I got home I was very thankful to have such good food to eat for a few days!
These low carb meatballs vs Kibbeh
Kibbeh usually has ground lamb or beef along with cracked wheat, onions, seasoning and sometimes pine nuts. It’s pretty time consuming and I can’t make it to save my life. However I was craving it and thought I can make kibbeh meatballs Paleo and low carb by substituting cauliflower for cracked wheat!
While they turned out very tasty to me, I would never serve these to my Lebanese relatives. They wouldn’t understand why I was making them them so differently. So if you are familiar with kibbeh these are not going to taste just like the kibbeh. However they taste very similar to kibbeh and are low carb and gluten free which is what I was going for.
Low Carb Middle Eastern Meatballs Recipe
Before you mix everything together, you need some riced cauliflower. You can either do it in the blender with water or you can take some raw cauliflower and slowly pulse it in a food processor until it looks like grains of rice and set aside. Add your onion and spices to a food processor and pulse until the onion is finely chopped. Add your cauliflower and pulse a few times to mix and then add your meat and pulse a few more times.
This is what it should look like.
Take the meat out of the food processor and mix well with your hands. Then form them into meatballs. I got 30 good sized meatballs out of this batch.
Next you want to melt some butter in a pan over medium high heat. Brown them all around and then pop them in the oven for 10 minutes. Voila! Low Carb Middle Eastern (Almost Kibbeh) Meatballs!
One last thought…these would taste good with a Greek yogurt or tzatziki sauce and while I ate these for dinner they would make a tasty appetizer too. I froze mine half of the batch and I pop a couple in the microwave when I’m in the mood.
Well I hope you give these low carb Middle Eastern meatballs a try because they are deliciously different! And for another easy, low carb meatball recipe, try my friend Sarah’s from My Montana Kitchen. The nutritional information for 1 meatball is:
47 cals / 3.2g fat / 0.6g carbs / 0.1g fiber / 4g protein = 0.5g net carbs
You might also like my friend Jasmine’s Keto Swedish Meatballs Recipe. They look fantastic!
Low Carb Middle Eastern Meatballs (Paleo Kibbeh)
These low carb Middle Eastern meatballs taste like kibbeh using cauliflower instead of cracked wheat. A deliciously different appetizer or main dish. Each meatball has only 0.5g net carbs and is Paleo too!
- 1 lb grassfed beef
- 1 cup onion (roughly 1 medium sized)
- 1 cup riced cauliflower
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 2 tablespoons butter
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Rice your cauliflower and set aside.
In your food processor add the onion and pulse until finely chopped.
Add your spices and pulse to mix well. Next add in your meat and cauliflower and pulse a few times to combine.
Take the mixture out of the food processor and mix with your hands and then form into meatballs.
Melt the butter in a cast iron (or regular pan) over a medium high heat.
Add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
Place the browned meatballs on a cookie tray and bake for 10 minutes to make sure the meat is cooked through.