Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
Taken from http://www.evilshenanigans.com/2011/03/super-evil-bacon-meatballs/
Make and share this Super Evil Bacon Meatballs recipe from Food.com.
- 1 lb hardwood-smoked bacon
- 12 ounces ground beef, 80/20 preferred
- 8 ounces ground pork
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons dry oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground fennel
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon to taste crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 egg
- Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces and place into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the bacon until it is evenly ground and no large chunks of bacon remain.
- In a large bowl combine the bacon with the remaining ingredients. Mix gently until evenly combined. Scoop the meatballs into 1 1/2-inch balls, making sure not to compress the balls while shaping. Place on a parchment lined pan and chill, uncovered, for at least two hours.
- Heat the oven to 400°F Once the meatballs are chilled heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, add the meatballs and brown thoroughly on all sides. Transfer to a baking sheet until the rest of the meatballs are browned.
- Bake the meatballs until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 160 F, about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
Evil indeed. These seemed to be the favorite food at the party where I brought them. Instead of beef, I used buffalo, and also substituted crushed fennel seeds since I didn't have ground fennel. I finished with warmed Williams-Sonoma truffle finishing sauce from a jar, but these are tasty without any sauce at all.