Diggin’ For Treasure Pork Meatballs
Since I can’t have ground beef, I haven’t found safe ground turkey, and ground lamb is crazy expensive – I usually make my meatballs with ground pork. The problem, though, is that they are always annoyingly dry. Who wants to eat dry meatballs?! I know the secret to keeping them moist is including a fat, but a year had gone by, and I still couldn’t figure out what to use since shredded cheese is out. The other day I had a thought – bacon. Duh! For as much as I use bacon, I can’t believe it took me this long to figure it out. But yeah, it totally did the trick. These meatballs are super moist and delicious, even when re-heated.
So the name – what gives? My son is actually the one that came up with it. We were eating them for dinner when he said “Mmmm, mommy, there’s bacon in these! It’s like digging for treasure!” I think he had Jake And The NeverLand Pirates on the brain. Either way, it gave this recipe a name that is a lot more fun than just pork meatballs.
1 lb ground pork
6 slices of bacon
2 tablespoon ground golden flaxseed + 6 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Cook the bacon on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Once it’s done cooking, remove the slices and chop them into small pieces, then pour off most of the bacon fat – make sure you leave just a very tiny amount of the drippings on the baking sheet to cook the meatballs in.
- Mix the flaxseed and water in a bowl and let it rest for a minute.
- To that bowl, add the rest of the ingredients.
- Roll the meat mixture into meatballs and put on the baking sheet.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until cooked through. You can roll them over half way through to get each side crispy.