Meatballs with Cherry Sauce

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Cherry Meatballs II

This past summer close friends of ours from Belgium came to visit. We all used to live in Sierra Leone (a West African country) together and they were an incredible (and I do mean to use the word incredible) support to my family and I when I got very sick with undiagnosed Celiac and had to be evacuated for medical care. These friends have more than once opened their home to us and truly embody the “what’s mine is yours” spirit of deep friendships.

As you can imagine, while they were here in the US, I wanted to do everything I could to make them comfortable and show them a good time. One of the daughters said her favorite thing to eat is a Belgian dish served on special occasions, Frikadellen met Krieken. That’s Flemish for Meatballs with Cherries.

I spent an afternoon looking up recipes and saw that it was easily adapted to AIP and got to work. We enjoyed the yummy food this past summer and ever since I’ve been thinking what an elegant, but super simple, holiday appetizer it would make. So, here it is for all of you! Enjoy with your closest friends this holiday season and say a little thank you to them… you never know when you may need the sort of friends willing to go above and beyond to help you.

Cherry Meatballs
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Meatballs with Cherry Sauce
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Serves: 40 meatballs
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. While water is coming to boil, add ground meat, thyme, and salt to a large bowl.
  3. Mix together with hands until well combined. Roll into bite-size balls (approx. 40 meatballs), set aside.
  4. When water is boiling, add meatballs. They will float to the surface when they are cooked.
  5. Drain meatballs, set aside.
  6. Mix cherries, water, sugar, and flour together in a medium saucepan.
  7. Over high heat bring the mixture to a boil, stirring the whole time.
  8. Boil for only 1-2 minutes and remove from heat. Mixture will thicken.
  9. Transfer meatballs to a heavy bottom skillet. On high-heat lightly brown on all sides.
  10. Serve meatballs with cherry sauce spooned over them.
A tip to make forming meatballs easier is to wet hands with warm water between rolling each batch.


About Angie Alt

Angie Alt is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. She helps others take charge of their health the same way she took charge of her own after suffering with celiac disease, endometriosis, and lichen sclerosis; one nutritious step at a time. Her special focus is on mixing “data with soul” by looking at the honest heart of the autoimmune journey (which sometimes includes curse words). She is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy Consultant through The Nutritional Therapy Association and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. You can also find her on Instagram.


  • Lea says

    Sweet or sour cherries?

  • Bonnie says

    I didn’t think tapioca or casava root was allowed on AIP?

    • Angie Alt says

      Bonnie, tapioca is cassava and it is allowed on AIP. Some people may find they cross-react to it as if the body is treating it like gluten, others may find they are sensitive to high-starch foods. However, those are individual intolerances and do not make tapioca/cassava off-limits for the protocol.

  • Alexandra says

    Replaced the ground pork with ground beef liver, and it was still delicious!

    • Angie Alt says

      Awesome add Alexandra! I heart that nutrient-density!

  • Michele says

    Sounds delish. What sides would you suggest to complement it?

    • Angie Alt says

      You could try stuffed mushrooms, mashed parsnips, or perhaps fried plantains. I think all would go well.

  • lynn says

    hi this recipe sounds and looks great i’m just getting started with aip and i thought i read that palm sugar is something to avoid. i’m confused as i thought all these recipes were elimination phase compliant. thanks

    • Angie Alt says

      Palm sugar is fine during elimination. I’m sorry you came across confusing information. AIP is not a “no-sugar” protocol, however, it is a “low-sugar” protocol.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Lynn,
      Palm sugar is not on the avoid list, but we do caution folks not to overdo sweeteners (even the natural ones).

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