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Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs

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These meatballs are perfect for a cocktail party or any special occasion. They are flavoured with Italian herbs, marinara sauce and topped with olives. With a hidden surprise inside, these meatballs will disappear from your table before you even know it. If you make the meatballs in advance and need to reheat them, have a look at these great tips at The Kitchn. For more healthy ideas, check out my keto party recipes!

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Allergy information for Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs

✔  Gluten free
✔  Pork free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs1 grams
Protein6.9 grams
Fat9.3 grams
Calories117 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 24%, fat 72%
Total carbs1.5 gramsFiber0.5 gramsSugars0.5 gramsSaturated fat3 gramsSodium224 mg(10% RDA)Magnesium15 mg(4% RDA)Potassium124 mg(6% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 20-25 meatballs)

  • 500 g ground beef (1.1 lb)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (50 g/ 1.8 oz) or 1/2 cup coconut flour (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 cup diced mozzarella, 20-25 pieces (132 g/ 4.7 oz) - use the low-moisture pizza type
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste (I like pink Himalayan)
  • freshly ground black pepper
Sauce and Topping:
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Marinara Sauce (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 20-25 pitted olives, green or black (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • fresh basil for garnish

Tip: If served for dinner, it will be enough for four people. Try the meatballs on top of cauli-rice or zucchini noodles.


  1. Preheat the oven to 230 °C/ 450 °F. Dice the mozzarella in 20-25 equal sized pieces. Place it in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. Freezing the cheese will prevent it from leaking out while baking. Place the meat, egg, minced garlic, thyme, oregano, ... Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs
  2. ... almond flour, salt and pepper into a bowl. Mix until well combined using your hands or a mixer. Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs
  3. Divide the meat into 20-25 pieces (I made 20). Remove the cheese from the freezer. Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs
  4. Take each piece and flatten using your hands. Place a piece of the mozzarella cheese in the middle and fold the meat over it. Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs
  5. Briefly roll between hands and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Place in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes. Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the Marinara Sauce. Place the marinara sauce in a large pan and heat up over a medium heat.
    The first time I made this recipe, I used too much marinara sauce (photo below) which I then used to make another batch of meatballs. Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs
  7. Take the meatballs from the oven and place in the pan with marinara sauce. Using a spoon or a spatula, cover with the sauce from all sides. Drain the olives (I used both green and black Kalamata olives).
    Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs
  8. Insert a toothpick into each olive and then into each meatball. Garnish with freshly chopped basil and enjoy!
    Tip: You can serve the marinara sauce separately from the meatballs by dipping into it. Low-Carb Cheese Stuffed Party Meatballs

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g4.3 g5 g64 kcal
Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)
0 g0.3 g0.2 g4 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Oregano, dried
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Thyme, dried
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
0.2 g0.5 g1.3 g15 kcal
Mozzarella cheese (low moisture, for pizza)
0.4 g1.6 g1.3 g19 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Marinara sauce
0.3 g0.1 g1 g10 kcal
Green olives
0 g0 g0.2 g2 kcal
Black olives
0 g0 g0.2 g2 kcal
Basil, fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
1 g6.9 g9.3 g117 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (11)

Amazing recipes

How many meatballs per serving>?

Hi Carly, it depends how you eat them (as a starter/ main dish?). Nutrition facts are "per meatballs" so 3 to 5 meatballs is one serving.

These are really good. I did some substituting, with things I had on hand like cheddar cheese for mozzarella, shallots for garlic.
I love all the recipes. Thank you so much it makes life easier. This new way of cooking is a challenge. I have the books and apps, and it's a great help.

That sounds yummy too! 😊 Thank you for your kind words!

Amazing meatballs and sauce.
Thanks so much for all your recipes and your app is fab also!

Thank you Lila!

Look delicious

Thank you! 😊

Thank you for these informational quotes in advance

Sure! I removed the marinara and olives and got 0.6 g net carbs per meatball 😊