Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

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Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs


Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

The start of summer is also the start of family reunions, potlucks, cookouts, and picnics. What in the world do you take???? How about Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs!! These little gems are everything that a Bacon Cheeseburger is without the bun.

My brother has a get together every year for family and friends………..he won’t call it a family reunion because he is afraid no one will show up. Probably not true but………just to be safe we just call it The Bocker Bash.

I was under pressure this year to produce something for two reasons, one, last year I purchased my contribution…….thats right, I bought a fruit tray and a veggie tray at the local Wal Mart………I know “not good”. Two, now that everyone knows that I am writing a food blog, it goes without saying that I needed something food blog worthy!

Now, sometimes I over do things……..just a smig. I decided I would make a meat dish, a salad, and a dessert. The meat turned out……..the other two, not so much. I took them all and brought home empty dishes, but the other two recipes need work.

The Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs were a hit. I didn’t even get any at the bash as they were all gone by the time I got through the line.

So, what is in these little buggers you ask. All the the things you put on a bacon cheeseburger………bacon, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and French Fried Onions. I used bread and butter pickles, as they are a favorite but, you can use what ever pickle is the favorite at your house. Then stuff the whole thing with cheddar cheese cubes that melt inside……….yum!

BBQ sauce added the final touch. Feel free to make them without, but if you do you may be missing out! We love Sweet Baby Rays in all flavors, but use whatever kind your family likes best.

The other nice thing about this recipe is that you can make it and take it. I threw the meatballs into a crockpot and off I went. If you will not have electricity at your get-together, place the meatballs in a insulated carrier, or the really old fashioned way…………place your hot food in what ever serving container you want, line a box with newspaper or bath towels, and this will keep your food warm for several hours……….just long enough to show off your culinary skills.

So, next time you need a ‘take along’ dish, try our Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • ½ pound bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2.8 ounce container French Fried Onions
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickles
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon regular yellow mustard
  • ½ pound cheddar cheese cut into 24 cubes
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, your favorite
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. Combine ground beef, cooked bacon, eggs, fried onions, pickles, pickle juice, ketchup, and mustard in a large bowl until mixed throughly.
  3. Shape into meatballs using an ice cream scoop. You should be able to get 24 meatballs. Push one cube of cheese into each meatball, making sure to enclose the cheese inside the meatball. Place meatballs on a parchment cover baking sheet and bake at 375* Bake for 20 -25 minutes. If serving immediately transfer meatball to serving dish. Heat BBQ sauce until heated through and drizzle over meatballs. Alternately you can place the cooked meatballs into a slow cooker, pour BBQ sauce over meatballs and hold until serving time.

 

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Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread

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Bacon and Egg Breakfst Bread

Sunday breakfast has alway been a big deal for Tim and I. When we were first dating, we went to breakfast every Sunday morning. We had a favorite place and we had a favorite waitress………..we were Sunday morning regulars………..fast forward three years, we are now an old married couple and we tend to stay home more.

But, Sunday breakfast is still a big deal. We have the usual bacon and eggs, or french toast, or pancakes. But, sometimes we try something new and today was a ‘try something new  day’!

I suppose, you could consider this a pizza, but I prefer to call it a Breakfast Bread. Eggs, bacon, and cheese fancied up with cherry tomatoes,basil, and spiced up with just a touch of pepper flakes!

Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread

 

Yeast dough is scary for a lot of you……….don’t be afraid!!!! It is really easy. The dough takes just a few minutes to put together, it has a short knead time (I use my Kitchen-aide mixer, it takes all the work out of it). The rise time gives you time to prep the other ingredients. If you are really afraid of the dough, you can use a pre-made, but give the dough a try you will not be sorry.

Tim and I really enjoyed this Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread……..it will join the list of our  Sunday favorites!

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Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • • 1¼ teaspoons dry yeast
  • • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • • ⅔ cup warm water
  • • 1½ cups flour+, plus extra, for dusting
  • • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • • ½ tablespoon olive oil, plus extra, for drizzling
  • • 4 eggs
  • • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • • 4 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • • 1 cup grated swiss
  • • ¼ teaspoon dried re pepper flakes
  • • 2 tablespoons basil leaves, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place the yeast, sugar and water in a large bowl and set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface. Sift flour, salt into yeast mixture, add oil and mix to combine. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough back in a large bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 15–20 minutes.
  3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to make a 10 inch circle. Transfer to a deep-sided 10 inch cast iron skillet ( you can also use any deep baking dish) lined with parchment paper and push dough up sides.
  4. Crack the eggs onto the dough and top with the bacon and tomatoes. Sprinkle with the cheese, red pepper flakes flakes and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Serves 4-6.
Notes
You may want to broil for just a few minutes to achieve a really golden top.

 

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Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

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Apple Bacon Chicken Burger


Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

 Shhh! ……….I don’t want to say this too loud, but I think the weather is taking a turn ……for the better 🙂

That means its time to dust off (maybe you will still have to shovel,depending on where you live) the grill. An nice burger on the grill would really hit the spot, huh????

Maybe this Apple Bacon Chicken Burger would be just the ticket. I said it a million…slight exaggeration …….times but I love ground chicken for a burger in place of turkey. For me, it has a better flavor, but if you are a lover of the turkey, please substitute it in this recipe.

As anyone who has used ground chicken (or turkey) knows it can be a little dry, but in the case of this burger the add ins make it nice and juicy. One other tip, I know its poultry and you do need to cook it through, but do not over cook it. If you do, no matter what you have added, it will be dry. A little bit of bacon, onion, sage and maple syrup add a nice flavor to the burger and a topping of Maple Dijon sauce and grilled granny smith apples and wow!!!

Tim and I love burgers and we will be adding more burger’s like the Apple Bacon Chicken Burger as the weather improves………we may even end up with our first e-book on Burgers……….Boyd’s Book of Burgers…….I like the sound of that . So stay tuned for more burger recipes and maybe that e-book.

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Apple Bacon Chicken Burger
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 slices bacon
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored, and cut into 12 wedges
  • 4 hamburger or kaiser buns, lightly toasted
Instructions
  1. Dice bacon and cook in a small skillet until crisp. Remove from pan to drain on paper toweling. Add onions to bacon drippings and saute until lightly browned. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Combine, ground chicken, bacon, onion, sage, 2 teaspoons of maple syrup, salt and pepper. Mix well and divide into 4 burgers.
  3. Place the burger on a grill pan or outdoor grill coated with non-stick cooking spray. Grill burgers 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, toss apple wedges with remaining 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Grill the apple slices until you have nice grill marks.
  5. To assemble the burgers place burger on bottom half of bun. Top with Maple Dijon Sauce (see recipe below), top with grilled apples and top half of bun.
  6. Maple Dijon Sauce:
  7. Mix together 3 tablespoons mayo or salad dressing, 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and 1 small shallot( about 3 teaspoons). Serve with Apple Bacon Burger.

 

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