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Bacon, Beef and Pork Meatball Recipe

Bacon, Beef and Pork Meatballs with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

In Life:

I’m pretty stoked that it’s Friday. I’m sure you are, too. As much as I love working on my blog and being able to that full time, I still get really excited when it’s Friday. I think it’s just been ingrained in me since childhood that Friday equals freedom. I’m like Pavlov’s dogs – salivating as that Friday afternoon clock grinds down. Waiting ever so patiently for 4pm and the official start to our weekend!

Friday is the gateway to the weekend, a time for relaxation and exploration. Jeremy and I try to make the most of our weekends. Sometimes that means visiting friends and family. Often times it means going down to the French Quarter to walk around and take in the sights. Other times it means doing as little as possible – just relaxing and recuperating from the week. Either way, we spend our weekends in ways that we enjoy. We try to avoid work or “unfun” obligations like paying bills, doing laundry or grocery shopping.

We use our weekends to live our lives the way we want to. To live our ideal life. Jeremy likes to sleep in whenever possible whereas I like to be up by 7am reading and writing. We love to do breakfast on the weekend too while listening to relaxing music and catching up with each other. We then start on the days tasks – whatever those might be. More often than not it ends up with Jeremy taking a series of naps and me relaxing with a good book, magazine or my RSS feed. Ah, the life of ease and relaxation. And it comes every sixth and seventh day of the week! I’m smitten.

What about you? Do you relish the weekend? Or is that a time that you have to work? What’s your favorite thing to do in your time off? Let me know in the comments below. I’m always interested in hearing how you like to spend your off time!

In Cooking:

Since today’s Friday during football season, I have another game day recipe for you folks. I just love eating appetizer/party foods so this whole “game day” recipe thing is just a clever ruse for me to be able to enjoy these kinds of items more often. This week I bring you a bacon, beef and pork meatball recipe. This is the trifecta of meatball bliss. Plus a bonus – a creamy, pungent buttermilk blue cheese dip. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Bacon, Beef and Pork Meatballs with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

First of all I need to give you a little warning here. These meatballs are rich. VERY rich. These are designed and developed to be a cocktail meatball. Most people will probably be able to eat about 3 or 4 of them then will feel satisfied. These aren’t sandwich-making meatballs. So please be advised and use this recipe accordingly. Some people might like the very rich meaty flavor on a sandwich or in tomato sauce. I expect this will be the exception.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about what makes these meatballs so tasty – besides the three meats, that is! I used my favorite meatball spice blend here. This combination of herbs, spices and salt makes an excellent flavor enhancement for the meat in these meatballs. It’s a very simple concoction: green onion, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and of course, kosher salt. This seasoning combo really would work well for almost any savor dish so I knew it would work well with meatballs.

Meatball Spice Mix

The prep time on these meatballs is pretty quick overall. And I have a great way to make clean up just as easy. Below you can see that I’ve lined my sheet pan not only with a Silpat but also with aluminum foil. These meatballs don’t throw a ton of grease, but there will be some due to the fat in the bacon. Lining the pan with foil assures that no grease gets baked on to the cookie sheet. Once done, simply remove the Silpat and wad up the foil. Done and done!

Prepared for baking - bacon, beef and pork meatballs

Finally, let’s talk a little bit about that dip. It’s a delicious combination of mild blue cheese, buttermilk, sour cream and cayenne pepper. This couldn’t get an easier, friends. Or more tasty. If you’re a blue cheese fan, you’re going to really love this dip. I find the creaminess of it helps to cut the fattiness of the meatballs. To me, they’re a match made in heaven… That’s if heaven were all meatballs and blue cheese (*fingers crossed*).

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dip

And there you have it folks – a low effort, high flavor dish that’s perfect for any game day crowd. Or really any party crowd at all. I actually first developed this recipe when I had my Dirty Sue martini party back in late May. These are perfect drinking meatballs – the girls all loved them! Try them out for your next get together and let me know how your crowd enjoyed them.

Bacon, Beef and Pork Meatballs with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

Yield: 30 meatballs

Bacon, Beef and Pork Meatball Recipe with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

This bacon, beef and pork meatball recipe is perfectly paired with a buttermilk blue cheese dip. It's an easy and delicious recipe!

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 t kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 large egg

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing:

  • 1/4 to 1/3 pound mild blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Method:

Meatballs:

  1. Add all of the ingredients in the "Meatballs" section to a large mixing bowl. Use hands to mix well to combine.
  2. Use a tablespoon to measure and roll out about 30 meatballs. Take the meatball in the palm of your hand and roll well (about 15 seconds) to help the meatball best stick together.
  3. Place onto a plate or baking sheet and refrigerate at least an hour before baking.
  4. About 15 minutes before you're ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 450 ºF.
  5. Line a baking pan with foil and non-stick spray (or use a Silpat), and bake the meatballs for 10 minutes.Remove and serve promptly.

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing:

  1. While the meatballs are baking, mix the blue cheese dressing ingredients together.
  2. Refrigerate until ready use.

Prep:15 min

Cook:10 min

Total:1 hour 25 min

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