Spicy Olive Meatballs

Spicy Olive Meatballs

Recipe provided by the California Olive Committee.

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  • 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cups onions, chopped

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano

  • 1 cup Lindsay® Sliced California Ripe Olives

  • 1 1/4 pounds extra lean ground beef

  • 3/4 cup ground pork

  • 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 egg white

  • Kosher salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste

  • 3 cups prepared marinara sauce

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a medium-sized sauté pan.

  2. Add onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender.

  3. Stir in garlic and oregano and continue cooking for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

  4. Mix in olives and set aside to cool slightly.

  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooled olive mixture with beef, pork, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Stir in eggs and season to taste with salt and pepper flakes.

  6. Form into a dozen 3-inch meatballs and set aside on a clean plate.

  7. Heat remaining oil in a large high-sided sauté pan over medium high heat.

  8. Place each meatball into pan and brown for 4-6 minutes, turning occasionally until evenly seared.

  9. Pour marinara sauce over the top and bring to a boil.

  10. Cover, turn heat down to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until heated through.


  • Calories455
  • Fat26g
  • Protein36g
  • Cholesterol141mg
  • Total Carbs20g

Percent (%) Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.

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