this little piggy meatballs

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By Rebecca Reece
from Henderson, NV

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.

serves Makes 20 to 24 meatballs
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For this little piggy meatballs

  • 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
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How To Make this little piggy meatballs

  • 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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