Bacon Meatballs Recipe

bacon meatballs
These meatballs are loaded with great tasting ingredients such as applewood smoked bacon and cheese. What is really great about these meatballs is that they have a different flavor than most meatballs that I have tried. The meatballs get a lot of their flavor from the onion soup mix that is mixed into them. These meatballs are baked in the oven so no pan-frying is required. To make things even better, this recipe includes a homemade marinara sauce. The marinade sauce gets a lot of its flavor from fresh basil and oregano and a little heat from the crushed red pepper flakes. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a large crowd. Enjoy.

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Bacon Meatballs

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

Meatballs-

  • 8 slices Applewood smoked bacon
  • 1lb ground chuck
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon course ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon beef stock
  • 10 bocconcini mozzarella balls

Marinara-

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon course ground black pepper
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes in puree
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange the bacon slices on the baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake until the bacon is crisp (about 8 to 10 minutes). Drain on paper towels. Chop the bacon and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine ground chuck, Worcestershire sauce, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, black pepper, beef stock and chopped bacon. Mix well. Form portions of the meat mixture around bocconcini to make smooth balls. Arrange the meatballs onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake at 400 degrees F. until the meatballs are fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F.).
  3. To make the marinara sauce. Add oil to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, basil, oregano, and pepper. Sauce for a few minutes. Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and chicken bouillon. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the meatballs to a serving platter and serve with marinara sauce.

Adapted from Food Network

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One Response to “Bacon Meatballs Recipe”

  1. M. Skipper — May 7, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    These look so delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipes. I try many of them and they always come out tasting wonderful, especially your chinese cuisine.

    MS

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