This may seem like a random recipe, but it's actually a similar recipe my mom made for us as kids. It was one of my favorites...who doesn't like melted butter poured over food! My moms recipe was made with flank steak or London broil placed under the broiler and sliced into thin pieces. The olives were in the butter garlic sauce that you drizzled over the meat. I thought meatballs would be a fun way to try to recreate this recipe. They were a HUGE hit! Tom, my boyfriend is not a huge green olive fan, but loooved these. He also took some leftovers to his grandmother and she ate them all...she's 94 and doesn't seem to be eating huge portions, but she sure did enjoy a big helping!! I hope you and your family enjoy this savory dish as much as we did! These also work great as leftovers!
Olive Garlic Meatballs
- 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
- 1 cup green olives, diced*
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup grass-fed butter (1 stick)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
- Place the beef, minced garlic and olives in a bowl and mash together
- Form the mixture into balls and place on a greased baking dish with sides
- Bake at 400 for 16-18 minutes
- When the meatballs have a few minutes left to bake, place the butter in a skillet over medium heat
- Once the butter has melted, add in the garlic powder and sea salt and turn down to low or remove from heat
- Remove the meatballs and toss them into the butter mixture, coat each one well
- Serve with the excess butter mix drizzled over top
*I used olives from the olive bar that had pimentos in them. Any green olive from the bar will work.
You could try replacing the butter with olive oil, but everything is always better with butter!