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Grapefruit & Leek Pork Meatballs with Balsamic Sauce

The kitchen is really my happy place. Being chained to my computer for hours on end writing and editing my eBook was really hard for me. It takes it toll. Not that I’m not happy it’s out. It’s a heck on an accomplishment and whether is sells like crazy or not, I’m proud of myself!

That being said, I’m glad to be back in the kitchen, recipe development is my jam. This morning when I went to the market I had a few ideas flying around my head… none of them were these meatballs. You know, sometimes you just have to let the produce speak to you, inspire you and lead the way.

These big, bad, juicy pork meatballs are packed with leeks, grapefruit, beef gelatin, and thyme! Roasted to golden perfection than served up with a creamy balsamic sauce with caramalized leek greens… and while you may be thinking that this recipe is just too complicated or too fancy for you… I beg to differ. I think that if you have some greens or zoodles, even some sweet potato mash ready to go… and forty minutes… you should try these and see just how simple they are.

Ok! Let’s get cooking!

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Grapefruit & Leek Pork Meatballs with Balsamic Sauce
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  • 3lbs ground pork
  • 3 leek stalks
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp great lakes beef gelatin (red can)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • Sauce
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • the greens from your 3 leek stalks
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp beef gelatin
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 inch piece of grapefruit rind
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  • Cut your leeks right where the white turn green. Then cut the whites in half and wash any dirt out of them. Pat dry.
  • Lay your leeks flat on the cutting board and mince, should yield about two cups, add them to a large bowl.
  • Next add in your thyme, salt and coconut flour to the bowl.
  • Juice your grapefruit and add it in. Add in balsamic vinegar
  • Toss everything together. Sprinkle in the beef gelatin and mix well.
  • Add in the pork and mix it all up with hands until the leek mix is evenly incorporated into the pork.
  • Spread coconut oil all over a sheet pan and with your greased hands roll 8-9 large meatballs from your mix. You can make them a little smaller at 1/4 pound a meatball and make 12. Either way, the goal is to make single serving, meatballs!
  • Pop these in the oven and set the timer to 35 minutes.
  • In the meantime, wash your leek greens.
  • Heat a large skillet on high heat, add in coconut oil.
  • Slice your leek greens.
  • Add them to the skillet with the grapefruit rind and saute until tender and beginning to brown.
  • Lower heat to medium, add in the balsamic vinegar, it will quickly begin to boil down. Stir it.
  • After about 30 seconds, add in coconut milk, salt and gelatin. Whisk to combine as it comes back up to a boil.
  • Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until it's has become a little darker in color and thicker.
  • Remove from heat and wait for meatballs to be ready. If they're 1/3 pound they can take up to 40 minutes, depends on your oven and the size.
  • When ready, plate meatballs and spoon leek and sauce all over them!
  • These are perfect with zoodles or scalloped potatoes!

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2 Thoughts to “Grapefruit & Leek Pork Meatballs with Balsamic Sauce”

  1. Kelsey
    These look great but I want to confirm that you need 3 leeks total? And you're using the white part of 1 leek for the meatballs, and the LIGHT green part of all of the leeks for the sauce? Not the dark green, as that is usually too tough, right? I love the addition of beef gelatin, I have a red can chilling in my pantry and I'm currently on a Whole30 and would love to make these sometime this month!
    1. Hi Kelsey! Yes 3 leeks total. And yes, you got it, the whites for the meatballs the greens for the sauce. Hope you love them!

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