Meatballs in some type of sauce, seem to show up at every party. I’m excited to share this recipe with you. I’ve played with it and think it’s perfect now. The meatballs are tender and the maple sauce has chili sauce and soy sauce in it, for a great sweet and tangy flavor. I like to use a good applewood smoked bacon for a little extra yumminess. If you like meatballs, this is the recipe to try.
The bacon is partially cooked before being wrapped around the meat ball. That helps you have perfectly cooked meatballs instead of hard brown nuggets and at the same time avoid rubber bacon.
I like to dip my meat balls into the sauce but the meatballs could be served in a dish with the sauce. I even like to make an entree of the whole thing, just cook some rice, place meatballs on top and spoon sauce over the whole thing.
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- ¾ lb ground beef
- ½ cup dried bread crumbs (I use Panko)
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- 1 egg
- About 18 full slices of bacon, cut in half
- Maple Meatball Sauce
- ½ cup real maple syrup
- ½ cup chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground mustard
- Preheat oven to 375°F, with rack in middle position.
- In a large frying pan, partially cook bacon and drain on paper toweling.
- Put the meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl, breaking up the meat as you put it in. Mix together, using the tips of your fingers to gently combine everything without compacting the meat. Form into small 1" balls, I use a small scoop to make them nice and uniform. Wrap each meatball with a half slice of the pre-cooked bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
- Place on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes. Turn and bake 5 minutes longer, until meat is no longer pink and bacon is crisp.
- For the sauce:
- In a saucepan, combine syrup, chili sauce, soy sauce, onion powder and ground mustard. Bring to a low boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- Recipe makes about 36 meatballs and it took me about 1½ hours from start to finish.