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Feb 11

Pistachio Crusted Meatballs

Guess who’s finally gone back to meal prepping?! (That’d be me.) My apologies for my week-long absence–hospital service in residency always saps all my time and energy, but I finally got to catch somewhat of a break this weekend!

My friend recently joined me on my “let’s use up everything in our pantries/kitchens” crusade so we’ve been getting together once a month or so to make a bunch of food!

One such creation includes free samples of pistachios that I got from Wonderful PistachiosBy posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This was one of our creations!

This was one of our creations!

If you try to translate “pistachios” directly from Chinese characters (开心果), it literally translates to “happy fruit,” which I’ve always gotten a kick out of. 😛 They’re known as the “happy nut” because you don’t have to snackrifice (heh heh heh) and they smile back at ya!

(I’ve only ever been sad about them when I had a bag of these back when I broke my hand because I couldn’t open the bag…but yay for them offering a shelled version as well!)

Wonderful Pistachios | @fairyburger

Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts out there–they’re the highest protein + fiber and lowest calorie and fat snack nuts, and they taste so good! Maintaining a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. The fact that you gotta work to get to the pistachios and the visual cue you get from the empty shells is like built-in portion control!

Pistachio Crusted Meatballs

Pistachio Crusted Meatballs | @fairyburger

Pistachio Crusted Meatballs

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Prep: Cook: Yield: 28 1.5" meatballsTotal:

Need a tasty + easy idea for meal prepping? Check out this super flavorful + juicy meatball recipe!

You'll Need...

  • 2 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup toasted bread crumbs
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp roasted garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • (Pistachio Coating)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 8oz. bag of Roasted & Salted Wonderful Pistachios, shelled + crushed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line 2 baking trays with aluminum foil.
  3. Dice the onions + bell peppers and mix together with ground beef and eggs. Add spices and mix together.
  4. Roll and form into ~1.75-2" balls.
  5. Beat 2 eggs into a bowl.
  6. Shell + crush pistachios in a food processor and pour onto a plate..
  7. Coat each meatball with the beaten egg mixture and roll in the crushed pistachios.
  8. Place ~1" apart onto baking trays, cover with aluminum foil, and let bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove aluminum foil cover and let bake for another 10 minutes.
  10. Serve with pasta + pasta sauce!

Pistachio Crusted Meatballs | @fairyburger

The bread I used to make the toasted bread crumbs is from none other thannnn Dave’s Killer Bread (I featured a recipe for Apple Peanut Butter Toast from em’ a couple months back) and the pasta and sauce are from Rao’s–spaghetti pasta + marinara sauce!


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  1. Alex Pearson

    I love ANYTHING involving pistachios!
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    1. Farrah

      Me too! 😀 They’re so good!

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    My mom is a big pistachio fan, but I feel like I’d really enjoy this too. I mean, it’s meatballs! LOL Thanks for sharing.
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, they’re hard not to love (unless you don’t eat meat)! 😛 I hope you like them if you get a chance to try em’ out!
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  3. jennifer

    oh my gosh, this sounds fantastic! I love pistachios . . and beef . . so win-win!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, it was a delicious combination! <3!
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  4. Annmarie

    Oooh I LOVE pistachios – these look AMAZING!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Annmarie! These were super fun to make! :]!
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  5. Hannah

    I love pistachio desserts. I guess they’re ok in main dishes too 😉
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    1. Farrah

      I love em’ in desserts too! ;P That’s what I’m gonna have to make next!!
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  6. Kristen

    My dad always used to get everyone bags of pistachios at Christmas. He hasn’t the past few years but they still kinda make me think of him. Now I’ll see them as little smiley faces too!

    1. Farrah

      Aww, that’s an awesome Christmas present to get! :D!
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  7. Cindy

    So sorry you broke your hand! Glad you’re back and those meatballs look amazing!

    1. Farrah

      hehe, it’s all good! That was from a little while back so it’s (thankfully) healed now! :]!
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  8. Shelby @Fitasamamabear

    This would be amazing! I adore meatballs and pistachio crusted is so different- love it.
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Shelby! 😀 They were super tasty!
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  9. Christina

    I love the use of crushed pistachios as a crust!! I might need to try this with tempeh or vegan meatballs.

    1. Farrah

      Ooo, that’d be awesome! I need to try making vegetarian meatballs sometime!
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  10. Abbey Sharp

    mmm love the look of this! Shelled pistachios always makes things a ton easier!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! My broken hand a couple years back definitely would’ve appreciated that! 😛
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  11. Mikki

    I’ve been getting back to meal prepping/planning too. I got out of the habit and it was such a mess.
    Loving all these pistachio recipes that I am seeing lately.
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    1. Farrah

      Same here! So glad I finally got back into it again, haha. 😛

      <3 pistachios!
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  12. Emily

    Guess we both got the nut-crusted meat recipe memo this week lol. This looks yummy! I would never think to coat meatballs.

    1. Farrah

      Great minds think alike! ;P
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  13. RunawayBridalPlanner

    Oh this looks fabulous, I definitely need to give these a try! Meatballs and Pistachio, seriously what a great combo!!!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Kristy! :D! I hope you like them! I’m gonna be so sad when I run outta these, haha. Will need to go pick up some more ground meat! :O

  14. Sarah

    We’re big pistachio fans! I bet it added an amazing flavor and texture to these meatballs!

    1. Farrah

      It definitely did! :D!!
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  15. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers

    Whaaat?! I love pistachios and I love meatballs – how have I never thought to combine the two before this?! This is so smart!

    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I hope you like it! <3!
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  16. Debrashoppeno5

    These sound delicious.

    1. Farrah

      Thank you! :]

  17. dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    i love pistachio + chocolate combo and also in salad..but never thought of crust. this is wonderful.

    1. Farrah

      I’m gonna need to have it in salad next! :D!!
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  18. Kathryn Pfeffer

    This looks so tasty! Great way to sneak in extra heart healthy fats into meatballs! I love pistachios!
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    1. Farrah

      Yes indeed! <3 They're definitely one of my favorites!
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  19. Jessica Levinson

    These pistachio crusted meatballs sound so delicious! What a great meal prep idea! Pistachios are a favorite here too!

    1. Farrah

      Thank you! :]! I’m down to my last one–so sad! :[!
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  20. Laura

    So clever to use pistachio for the crust! I have used almonds but now I feel like I need t try these pistachios as well.

    1. Farrah

      I’m gonna need to try making something using almonds at some point!!
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  21. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com

    I love pistachios! I had never thought to crust meatballs with them…YUM! I will definitely give this recipe a try!!

    1. Farrah

      Yay! I hope you like it! <3
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  22. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Aren’t pistachios amazing! I love their flavor and crunch. Your dish looks like such a good way to use them.

    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Julie! I’m so sad that I’m almost out! :'(!
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  23. Kristy from Southern In Law

    Ooooh, what a delicious idea! We have a ricotta pistachio pasta dish we love so I’ll have to try this!
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    1. Farrah

      That sounds amazingggg! I need to try that out sometime!!
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  24. jill conyers

    Pistachios are a great twist on a classic recipe. They’re one of my favorite nuts.
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    1. Farrah

      Me too! :]!
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  25. GiGi Eats

    THIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU see on the regular, that’s for sure, and I love it – and I believe it deserves to win the recipe contest! JUST SAYING – hahah! I am rooting for you!

    1. Farrah

      Aww, thanks so much! 😀 That’d be awesome, haha. If not though, at least I had lots of good meals this week! 😛
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