Gluten and Dairy-free Honey-Teriyaki Meatballs are a perfect appetizer for anyone with food allergies. When it comes to appetizers, they are often a food allergists’ worse nightmare. There’s a guessing game that goes on inside your head. Hmm, looks thick, probably flour. Ooh, that stuffed mushroom looks good, filled with fake crab meat. Yum, how about one of those meatballs, you guessed it, full of Panko crumbs. And the list goes on and on, all the while you’re left munching on carrot and celery sticks. You learn to not even attempt to ask if they are gluten-free because most often they’ve been purchased from Costco and the box has long been thrown away in order for the hostess to have you think she slaved all day in the kitchen! You won’t have to slave all day to make my Honey Teriyaki Meatballs, and the best thing is they are gluten and dairy-free! Just make sure if you take them to a party, you snag a few, because I guarantee your friends will not guess they are allergy friendly!
I used pasture-fed organic beef and sweet Italian sausage in these meatballs, but you could use chicken, turkey, or even bison meat. They are fast and easy, roll ’em and pop them in the oven for 25 minutes, and voila, you have a delicious gluten & dairy free appetizer! I found gluten-free panko crumbs at Whole Foods, and they can be purchased on Amazon as well.
I used a cookie scoop to try to keep the rolled honey-teriyaki meatballs somewhat uniform in size but you could use a large spoon just as easy. Spread them out about an inch or two apart before placing them in the oven for 20 minutes. After they’ve baked, remove from the oven, spread the remaining honey-teriyaki sauce on the meatballs and return them to the oven for a remaining five minutes.
I love to cook, whether it’s appetizers or a full five course meal. But your food is only as good as it looks. The presentation of your food takes it from being ordinary meatballs into extraordinary meatballs. Beings we’re heading in to the Christmas season, I decided to place my gluten & dairy-free Honey-Teriyaki Meatballs on a bed of fresh parsley formed in the shape of a Christmas tree. The meatballs just happen to look like ginormous Christmas balls but I think it works!
Heading to a holiday party this year? Whip up a batch of gluten & dairy-free Honey-Teriyaki Meatballs to bring along and you won’t feel left out of the party.