These Sausage Zucchini Meatballs are easy to make and a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables. The shredded zucchini keeps these meatballs super moist, full of herbs and fragrant spices. Serve the meatballs with pasta, veggie noodles (like butternut squash or zucchini noodles) or as an appetizer with sauce for dipping.
How To Make Sausage Zucchini Meatballs
This recipe is super easy to make. First, shred the zucchini. Then, using a clean dish towel or paper towels ring out as much as of the water as possible. I used Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage in a tube but you can use ground pork (1 lb. of ground pork).
In a bowl, add the shredded zucchini, sausage, eggs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Worchester sauce, Parmesan cheese, oregano and panko breadcrumbs. Combine all the ingredients and mix it, so it is well combined.
Then, roll them into meatballs. I got 24 out of my batch. Depending on the size you like, you should get 20-28.
This is an option: you can cover the meatballs with your favorite breadcrumbs before frying them. You can also bake them in the oven. I did both to see how each come out and not much of a difference but I did like it better without.
Baking The Meatballs In Oven
To make the meatballs in the oven, preheat oven at 390 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned. Make sure when you lay them down on the casserole dish that you leave a small space between them.
Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs
You don’t need breadcrumbs to make a good meatball , I used panko and gluten free breadcrumbs. But if you want to make it low carb and keto, I suggest pork rinds or almond flour. If you use almond flour, use 1/2 cup in the meat mixture. Another way is adding 1 cup mozzarella cheese. The cheese will bind the meatballs well.
How Long Can You Store Meatballs In The Fridge
After your meatballs have been cooked, you are welcome to store your meatballs in the fridge for up to three days. Anything after you will want to toss them out. If you know you won’t eat them in time, consider freezing for later.
Can You Freeze Meatballs
Yes. It is easy to freeze any leftover meatballs you might have.
After your meatballs cook, allow them to cool. Then once cooled transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container. Place in the freezer for up to three months. If you use a vacuum sealer the shelf life will be extended.
Then just thaw and reheat the meatballs for later when you want them. You can warm up in the microwave or even the oven. Just heat until it is warmed all the way through.
Sausage Zucchini MeatballsCourse: Appetizers, Main, Lunch, DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Moderate
Healthy, delicious, gluten-free meatballs that work well as a main dish or as an appetizer
1 pound ground sausage
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs or gluten free bread crumbs
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Large fry pan and pour 1/2 cup of olive oil or vegetable oil
- Combine all ingredients together. Be sure to drain water from zucchini before adding it to the mix.
- Roll into meatballs. Should yield 20-28 depending on the size you prefer.
- Fry the meatballs until brown on all sides
- Remove from pain, let them drain on a plate with paper towels
- Serve and enjoy!
8 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories261
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 70g 350%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 0.8g 4%
- Sugars 2g
- Protein 16g 32%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.