Friday, March 23, 2012

Steak and Bacon Cheddar Balls

Just a quick blog today about these delicious meatballs.
Now, I have made a fair amount of meatball recipes in my day. This one may be my new number one choice.
They were so moist and delicious and cheesey and bacony that my brain exploded.
I'm not making that up.
Exploded....just like that...
Brain explosions aside....these truly are the yummiest meatballs I have eaten.

Steak and Bacon Cheddar Balls

1 small onion, diced fine
1/2 lb bacon, finely chopped (about 5 - 6 strips)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup shredded, aged cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
3 large eggs
 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used Panko)
1/2 Tbsp Oh! So Garlic (optional)

Preheat oven to 425. Spray a 9 X 13 dish with cooking spray.
In a large skillet, cook onion and bacon and garlic, stirring frequently, until bacon has browned and onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and chill in fridge until cool enough to handle.
In a large mixing bowl, combine beef, cheeses, eggs, breadcrumbs, Oh! So Garlic (if using) and cooled bacon & onions & garlic.
Roll into golf ball sized balls using a small cookie scoop or just pinch off a bit and roll it in your hands.

Place the balls in the prepared baking dish, being careful to line them up snugly. They should be touching each other.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until meatballs are firm and cooked through. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Our dad found a recipe in one of the newspapers that he reads and cut it out for me to try. I tweaked it a bit and this was the result.
So. Good.
In fact, it was so good that the next day for lunch we had Meatball Paninis on Roasted Beet Bread buns. (Click HERE for that recipe!)
My brain exploded AGAIN.

You look me in the eye and tell me that doesn't look amazing!

We split the beet buns and used some spicy mustard on some and some smoky BBQ on others and then sprinkled on some cheese and sliced onion and panini'd them.

Mmmm.... panini'd to perfection.

What more can you ask out of meat dish?
Dinner one night, lunch the next night...
Brain exploding perfection whatever the meal is what I say.


  1. Where can I find the roast beef bread bun recipe?

    1. It is roasted beet bread :) Here is the link -

  2. This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.