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Black Garlic Meatballs

Recipe By Chris Young, Savory Spice—South End/Charlotte, NC

Recipe By Chris Young, Savory Spice—South End/Charlotte, NC

Sweet black garlic adds a new dimension of flavor to meatballs in this easy recipe for a weeknight meal or customizable, crowd-pleasing appetizer!

Serving Suggestions

As a main dish, serve with marinara alongside garlic bread, polenta, or pasta. Great on hoagies for a meatball sandwich. As an appetizer, stick onto skewers and serve with marinara, pesto, or a creamy dill mayonnaise. Top your meatball apps with mozzarella pearls, fresh basil or dill, cherry tomatoes, or any other small garnish!


3 eggs

2 Tbsp. Frying Pan Pork Sausage Spice

1 tsp. liquid smoke

1 lbs. ground chuck

1 lbs. ground Italian sausage

1 cups panko bread crumbs

2 Tbsp. canola oil

1 (24 oz.) jar marinara sauce (optional)

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Thoroughly whisk together eggs, minced black garlic, dry spices, liquid smoke, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix the 2 pounds of meat in a large bowl, slowly adding the seasoned egg mixture until fully incorporated. Add the panko and allow the mixture to rest in the refrigerator for 20 min. Use a cookie scoop or form the meatballs into 1-inch round balls and set aside. In a large high-sided skillet, heat canola oil over medium high and sear the meatballs on both sides. Turn down the heat to medium low and cook until meatballs have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. If using, add marinara sauce and bring to a simmer for 5 to 10 min.