This Little Piggy Meatballs

Rebecca Reece

By
@Messyapron

My husband loved these meatballs because the bacon and pork combination was different from what I usually make. I made them for our Christmas Eve appetizer buffet.


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Serves:

Makes 20 to 24 meatballs

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

10 slice
hickory smoked bacon-cut each in half crosswise
10 oz
lean ground pork
1/3 c
finely chopped yellow onion
1/4 c
pineapple juice
1/4 c
finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp
kosher salt
1/2 tsp
ground black pepper
3/4 tsp
smoked sweet paprika
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
garlic powder

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick pan spray.
2
Fry bacon(half of the bacon at a time)on medium heat in a 12-inch non-stick skillet until medium doneness (some browning but not crisp). Remove bacon from skillet with tongs and place on paper towels, cool and chop into small pieces.
3
In a medium mixing bowl combine bacon, ground pork, onion, pineapple juice, cilantro, salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and garlic powder until well blended. Shape into 1-inch balls (mixture maybe a little wet and balls not perfect) and place in prepared baking dish. Makes 20 to 24 balls.
4
Bake meatballs for 15 to 18 minutes or until internal temperature of 145 to 150 degrees F.
5
Serve meatballs with your favorite dipping sauce or in a small slow cooker with your favorite sauce.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American