Meatballs with Creamy Beef Gravy


Nothing beats homemade meatballs smothered in a creamy gravy sauce. This ground beef recipe is sure to become a requested dinner at your house.

Meatballs with Creamy Beef Gravy Recipe

Well, this was a LONG day to say the least.  I tried doing a one day juice cleanse just to try it out and have been starving and on-edge all day!  Have any of you ever done a juice cleanse before? Does the hunger pain go away after a while?  I have zero tolerance for being hungry so maybe I’m never meant to juice/diet/fast….ever!  By the way, I only made it 23 hours and the caved to food (leftovers of these meatballs!).

Oh, it probably also doesn’t help that my food blogger status results in a life that revolves around food…whether it be baking, cooking, or looking at food photos all day long on the internet. #foodbloggerproblems

OK so this dinner was the bomb!  Oh wait, is that not a cool thing to say anymore?  Oh well.  It smelled so good while baking and I am DEMANDING that you try this meal out sometime!  The gravy is in the running for the best gravy I’ve ever tasted and it’s not even overloaded with calories and fat like most gravy that I’ve had in the past.  The meatballs tasting as good as they taste with the oats combined with this to-die-for gravy really makes for one of the best meals ever.

Mr. Wishes and I both licked our plates clean (some of us multiple times…i.e. MYSELF).  I will definitely be making this again and again.

Meatballs with Creamy Beef Gravy
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Serves: 19-20 meatballs
Nothing beats homemade meatballs smothered in a creamy gravy sauce. This ground beef recipe is sure to become a requested dinner at your house.
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 T. BBQ sauce
  • 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • 1½ lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 T. flour
Cream Sauce:
  • 2 T. butter
  • 3½ T. flour
  • ¼ t. dried thyme
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ⅛ t. pepper
  • 14 oz. can beef broth, reduced sodium preferred
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 2 T. minced fresh parsley
  • 2 T heavy cream, for thickening (optional, but thickens the gravy nicely!)
  1. In a bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients EXCEPT the beef and flour. Add beef and mix well. Shape into balls (I make mine about 2 inches in diameter). Roll in flour, shaking off excess. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet and bake, uncovered, at 400 for 10 minutes. Turn meatballs, bake 8-10 minutes longer or until no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, for the sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, thyme, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add broth, milk and cream; bring to a boil. Cook for 5-10 minutes, whisking frequently to prevent burning on the bottom, until slightly thickened.
  3. Drain meatballs on paper towels; transfer to a serving dish. Top with sauce and sprinkle parsley over the top. Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles (I used mashed potatoes and it was SO good!).


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45 Responses to “Meatballs with Creamy Beef Gravy”

  1. October 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM #

    I have never done a juice cleanse before but have thought about it for sure. I not if I could make it through the day especially with these meatballs sitting around! They look delicious!

    • October 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM #

      I know it’s really good for you, but I couldn’t handle it! Maybe I’ll try again sometime.

  2. October 29, 2013 at 7:33 AM #

    Hey there! It´s lunch time here in Spain so I think I´ll have me a portion of this!
    I love thyme so I´m sure I´ll love the cream sauce! Xx

    • October 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM #

      I wish there was some leftover so I could have it for lunch too!

  3. October 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM #

    I totally believe you. This looks delicious. I’m really craving meatballs after seeing them in a few places…I need to get cooking!

    • October 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM #

      I’ve been craving them lately, too!

  4. October 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM #

    This looks so comforting Ashley! I want a big bowl for breakfast!

  5. October 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM #

    I tried to do a juice fast! I tried not to eat the cake I made for my blog I did any way.. I don’t know how food blogger are able to stay fit.. I know I am two sandwiches away from packing on more pounds then I need to loose.. I am still trying to loose the last 30 pounds so difficult. At least you made it 23 hours Ashley! I would have caved after 4 hours if I had leftover meat balls! Oh gosh!

    • October 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM #

      Yeah it was torture!!! I’m a wimp, though 🙂

  6. October 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM #

    I rarely make meatballs but my husband loves them. I need to try this. He’d be a happy camper!

    • October 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM #

      I love them too!

  7. October 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM #

    I’ve done the Dr. Oz 3-day Cleanse a couple times and it’s pretty great. Of course it’s nearly impossible as a food blogger though. :-/ I was mentally hungry ALL 3 days, not physically.

    • October 29, 2013 at 2:42 PM #

      Yeah it’s torture looking at food all day while juicing. Next time I’ll have to take a blogcation when I do it 🙂

  8. October 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM #

    I did a 5 day juice cleanse back in the spring, and the hunger pains DO get easier! But I totally agree that it’s so hard being a food blogger and doing it because you’re bombarded with delicious looking food all day every day! These meatballs look worth the caving in, though. 🙂

    • October 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

      Good to know that it DOES get easier! IF i ever decide to do it again 🙂

  9. October 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM #

    I have such a craving for meatballs on mashed potatoes right now. This is happening! Can’t wait!

    • October 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

      Thanks, Pamela! Someone just commented on these saying “they look really gross” so this cheered me up 🙂

  10. October 29, 2013 at 3:03 PM #

    You lasted 23 hours?! I could not last maybe 7 hours?! I once seriously considered doing a cleanse that I saw on the Dr. Oz show. The 48 hour weekend cleanse… but I never got everything together. I’m also a little afraid. Me hungry? I might bite! :O And these meatballs look fantastic, I want some now!

    • October 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM #

      I was absolutely miserable! And I did “bite” a few times LOL

  11. October 29, 2013 at 3:03 PM #

    I’ve never done a juice cleanse, I don’t think I have the willpower to make it though the day. Maybe if I was in a room by myself with no food to tempt me, I might make it. lol
    Beautiful picture! I like that plate 😀

    • October 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM #

      Yeah it doesn’t help when I’m looking at food on the computer all day and then I turn on the TV and every other commercial is about food LOL

  12. October 29, 2013 at 5:16 PM #

    What tasty looking meatballs.

  13. October 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM #

    I’d never done a juice cleanse, but I’m 101% sure it wouldn’t work for me. I love food way too much not to eat haha. These meatballs look amazing, I had some of them a ouple of days ago and now I’m craving for more. I need to try this recipe next! x

    • October 29, 2013 at 6:45 PM #

      I’m with you on that one, girl!

  14. October 29, 2013 at 6:31 PM #

    Oh yum! These look awesome 🙂

  15. October 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM #

    Noooo cleanses for this girl. nope nope nooope.

    With delectable food like this in existence, how could I??! Looks SO good!

    • October 29, 2013 at 11:37 PM #

      Yeah I think I’m one and done LOL

  16. October 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM #

    How can you be fasting with meatballs like these in the house? YUM!

    • October 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

      It wasn’t easy!

  17. October 30, 2013 at 6:16 AM #

    Healthy and delicious–I love the looks of these

  18. October 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM #

    wow, looks earty and comfort meals!
    i love to add some cloves and all spice plus nutmeg too to the cream sauce….

  19. October 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM #

    Love the sound of that gravy!

    • October 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM #

      Thanks, Caroline!

  20. October 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

    Only 3 on a plate?! 🙂 These look great, Ashley!! xo

    • October 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM #

      I may have added more after the photos were taken 😉

  21. October 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM #

    Looks like da bomb to me! 😉 Seriously, this looks terrific. Definitely worth licking the plate!

  22. Christina
    June 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM #

    Tried this recipe tonight and absolutely love it! I found it on Pinterest after looking for a meatball recipe for the mister. I try to get him to eat better but he is anti- veggie and only eats some fruits. So, I figured I’d make one of his favorite foods (meatballs) in a manner that isn’t totally horrible for you. Cooking this dish wasn’t difficult or too time consuming. I unfortunately couldn’t get the thyme for my gravy but it still turned out amazing. I’m definitely gonna save the gravy recipe for my turkey meatloaf recipe. Also I served mine on rice, even though butter laden mashed potatoes would’ve amazing. I think I can maybe find some ways to hide some veggies in there. Maybe serve it over mashed cauliflower. Either way, this recipe is great and my picky eater agrees. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM #

      Thank you so much for letting me know, Christina! So glad you liked it!

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