Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Two Faced: Bacon Meatballs

Having featured a vegetable and a fruit in our previous Two Faced posts, Jenna and I decided to tackle pork this week. After all, meat is the axis upon which the paleo world turns. And if meat is the axis, bacon is the gravity. Or something. Look, what I'm getting at is that I made bacon meatballs this week. Yeah, meatballs, which are already delicious, filled with the king of all meat, bacon. It's like, meta-meatball.
 I did the most obvious thing you could do with meatballs and ate them on spaghetti.
Well, technically, it was spaghetti squash. This IS supposed to be a paleo recipe, after all. 
 Oh, and to keep it extra paleo, I made my own marinara (with mushrooms). Watch out for those bottled marinaras...they can be loaded with sugar.
Then again, if you don't give a crap what you're putting into your body, you could stuff these into a loaf of french bread and cover them with provolone, because god knows that would be delicious!! I know, I know. I'm a TERRIBLE paleo-pusher blogger. This whole "Two Faced" concept is taking on a whole new meaning.

Bacon Meatballs
Makes about 24 large meatballs
  • 1 package good quality bacon
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 pound ground beef (preferably grass-fed)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.) Chop bacon into two inch chunks. Chop fine in a food processor. It should be pulsed into the size of grains of rice.
3.) In a large bowl, combine ground bacon, sausage, beef, egg and spices really well with your hands.
4.) Shape meatballs into large ping-pong-sized balls.
5.) In a large frying pan (with no added oil), brown meatballs on all sides in batches of of 4-6 at a time (or however many your pan holds). Remove from pan and transfer to a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet.
6.) When all the meatballs have been browned and placed on the baking sheet, finish in the pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes.
7.) Serve over spaghetti squash with you favorite marina and garnish with basil.


Jenna | The Paleo Project said...

If these can't make a man marry you on the spot. What can. P.s. you need to get a "Pin It' button so I can pin the shit out of your stuff.

Laura said...

UMMMM this looks deelish. And I am making this Friday night with Brian! xo -Laura

Meg O. said...

Good grief, I think I need to become paleo when I'm post-natal if I get to eat yummy things like these!

Paper Doll said...

omg this looks so delicious!! yummy

love kat

chanel said...

This sounds mouth wateringly (yep, I made it up) delicious!

xo chanel

M.E said...

those meatballs are mouthwatering!!!


Anonymous said...

Those look sooo delicious! Great photos!


Anonymous said...

Okay, this might be a silly question, but do we cook the bacon BEFORE chopping it into tiny bits? Like, are we adding crispy bacon to the recipe, or raw bacon?

CupcakesOMG! said...

@Anonymous not a silly question--sorry if it's unclear. It's uncooked bacon! Hope that helps.

Anna said...

These look great. I am going to try them tonight. @Anonymous, I was reading the comments specifically in hopes that someone had asked whether the bacon was cooked or raw. I couldn't imagine raw bacon in the food processor.

CupcakesOMG! said...

@Anna it actually IS called for raw bacon. I just put my food processor parts in the dishwasher afterward to sanitize everything.

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