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Black Garlic Meatballs

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


4 servings

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

1 tsp. liquid smoke

1 lb. ground chuck

1 lb. ground Italian sausage

1 cup panko bread crumbs

2 Tbsp. canola oil

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

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Black Garlic Bulb (Organically Sourced)

    Our domestically grown black garlic is organic and sustainably sourced. It is aged using a month-long, proprietary process that includes controlled...

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  • Poultry Seasoning

    A classic blend of herbs and other spices that are ideal for any type of poultry. And once you’ve tried this blend in your Thanksgiving stuffing, y...

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  • Chimayo Chorizo Sausage Spice

    The Mexican style chorizo sausage we know today was derived from the Spanish sausage of the same name. Both are based around garlic and chiles; the...

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  • Coarse Black Malabar Pepper

    Malabar black peppercorns are named for the region from which they are harvested, the Malabar Coast of India. These peppercorns have a bold and wel...

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  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

    Crushed Red Pepper is a must in every kitchen (and on every pizzeria table in the U.S.). These chiles are about a 3 to 4 on a heat scale of 1 to 10...

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  • Worcestershire Sauce

    Say hello to your new secret ingredient! Our Worcestershire Sauce is vegan and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy it. Worcestershire Sauce is common...

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Thoroughly whisk together eggs, Black Garlic, Poultry Seasoning, Chimayo Chorizo Sausage Spice, Coarse Black Malabar Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, 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.