When most people think of meatballs, they think of the classic: spaghetti and meatballs. While the classics are classics for a reason, meatballs are so versatile! You can switch up the ingredients, flavor profiles, etc. in an endless number of combinations. One of my favorite things about meatballs is that you can take a pound of ground meat and really make it go a long way. I prefer to grind my wild game through my #22 Big Bite Meat Grinder without any added fat. You might be surprised that meatballs can still stick together without added fat but with a good binder like egg and breadcrumbs soaked in milk, these meatballs stick together well and are very tender and moist!
This meatball recipe is fairly simple, but the magic is in the gravy. The stout beer adds a dark, rich flavor and is a perfect pairing with the earthiness of the mushrooms and thyme. Add some half and half to make it creamy and it becomes the perfect sauce for some delicious meatballs. These meatballs can be served a variety of ways. You can serve them on their own with some bread for dipping in the gravy. Or you can serve them over egg noodles, mashed potatoes, rice, or your favorite grain. Whichever way you choose, you’ll have a flavorful and comforting meal that’s sure to fill you up!
Yield: 6 servings (4 meatballs each)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Annie Weisz (@peak.to.plate) is a wild game cook, Wyoming native, outdoor enthusiast, and lover of all things food. She got into hunting and processing her own wild game as another way to enjoy the outdoors while providing her family with high quality meat. As a mom of 2 boys with endless appetites, having a freezer full of meat is a necessity! In addition to creating recipes for her blog, Peak to Plate, she has a career as a Registered Dietitian. Sharing food with others is one of Annie's biggest passions. Whether it's preparing meals for her family, teaching her sons to cook, bringing baked goods to friends, or creating new recipes, sharing food is what brings her joy. She believes that creating delicious recipes and enjoying them mindfully is the best way to pay respect to the animals that she and her husband harvest. Annie hopes that creating innovative wild game recipes will inspire hunters to be more adventurous in preparing their harvests!