A fun Halloween food idea for those festive, spooky parties! These oozing eyeball meatballs are made with chicken, chia and kale and served over spiralized sweet potato noodles or worms.
If you’re throwing a Halloween party and need healthy appetizer ideas or you want to celebrate with a spooky dinner at home, you’re going to love these oozing eyeball meatballs.
Plus, if you’ve never used chia seeds in meatballs before, you’ll learn something new!
Fun fact: Halloween is my favorite holiday. I get giddy when I see the brownstones getting decorated in ghoulish decor, skeletons hanging from storefronts, fake spiderwebs on trees with plastic spiders, and all of the themed candy in the stores.
It’s just the best. My mother let me throw a Halloween party once and I have this very distinct memory of the food – it was spooky. There were eyeballs floating in punch (pretty sure they were ping pong balls) and worms in dirt. Whatever it was, I just loved it. I love the Monster Mash song.
My dream one day is to own a home and throw a Halloween costume party for the adults and kids. I love dressing up. That won’t be for many years, but it’s something I look forward to. Oh, and taking my child trick-or-treating (what a blast!)
And if you’ve never used chia seeds in meatballs before, let me explain. Basically, chia seeds are amazing binders – they gel up and bind meat together without the need for egg! Plus, chia seeds are a superfood, so you’re infusing more nutrients into your spooky meatballs!
I used Bob’s Red Mill Chia Seeds in these meatballs, because I trust all of their products (but you know that already.) I love using chia seeds for homemade chia seed pudding too, but I probably use them most when making meatballs! Have you seen these Thai Chicken Chia Meatballs?
If you’re going to a Halloween party, throwing one yourself, or just want to surprise your family (or just yourself!) with some Halloween themed grub, make these oozing eyeball meatballs and spiralized sweet potato worms!
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (I like Simply Organic brand)
1/2 cup finely chopped kale
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, Blade D, noodles trimmed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup marinara sauce
5-6 small mozzarella pearls, sliced into 1/8” to ¼” slices
6 jumbo pitted black olives, sliced width-wise into two hollow circles
Place the chicken, garlic, Italian seasoning, kale, and chia seeds in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients until well combined. Cover and refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes to allow the chia seeds to gel.
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
With damp hands, roll golf ball sized portions of the meatball mixture into balls. Arrange them on the prepared baking sheet, making sure they’re not touching. You should have approximately 12-14 balls. In each meatball, press your fingertip into the center to create a cavity for the “eyeball.” Place about a half teaspoon of sauce into the cavities of the meatballs. Top with a mozzarella piece and top with an olive slice. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and eyeball cheese is oozing.
While meatballs cook, spiralize the sweet potatoes with Blade D and trim the noodles. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the sweet potato noodles. Season with salt and pepper and cook until cooked and softened to your preference (I like al dente, so I cook for about 5 minutes.) Turn the heat off on the oven and pour over the remaining sauce. Toss the noodles gentle in the sauce and divide into bowls.
Once meatballs are done cooking, top each bowl with 3 meatballs. Serve.
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