This Little Piggy Meatballs

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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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Comments:
Serves:
Makes 20 to 24 meatballs
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • 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

How to Make This Little Piggy Meatballs

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.

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About This Little Piggy Meatballs

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




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