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A Tasty Remedy: Bacon Burger Bites with Savory Tomato Dipping Sauce

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bacon Burger Bites with Savory Tomato Dipping Sauce

Have you seen those new fast food commercials for that bacon cheese burger from a place we’ll refer to as “Jake in the Basket”?  

I’m so clever.

That little “bork” creature is pretty adorable and I bet it would be tasty, too.

I do love a good bacon burger, but since I’m not always so keen on genetic engineering, I think I’ll stick to creating that combination in the kitchen.  ;)

Sorry.  Not really...

With my abundance of ground beef, my love of bacon, and the inability to rid my brain of that “bork” jingle, it was time to pull something together. 

When I’m heading to a party, I like to bring something with me that I know I can freely enjoy while facing a potential sea of food I have chosen to no longer eat.

Consider giving these a try for your next gathering!



Bacon Burger Bites with 
Savory Tomato Dipping Sauce
Prep: 15 minutes  Cook: 30 minutes



Ingredients:

Bites:
1 lb ground beef
½ yellow onion
1 clove garlic
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
10-12 strips of bacon

Sauce:
¾ cup tomato paste
1 Tbsp reserved seasoning mixture (from above)
1 ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp water

Directions:
  1. Heat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic together until it reaches a paste-like consistency.  You may need to scrape down the sides part way through.
  3. Add the paprika, salt and pepper to the food processor, and pulse to combine.
  4. Take out 1 Tbsp of the mixture and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, add the mixture to the ground beef and combine with your hands.  Hmmm meat fingers!
  6. Once the meat and seasoning mixture has been thoroughly combined, roll out 1 inch meatballs and place on a wire rack over a baking sheet.  You should get 20-24 meatballs.
  7. Cut the strips of bacon in half.  The number of strips of bacon you will need will depend on how many meatballs you made.  Hint: 1 strip of bacon for every 2 meatballs.  You’re welcome!
  8. Wrap each meatball with a strip of bacon, secure with a toothpick, and place back on the wire rack.
  9. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.
  10. While the bacon burger bites are baking, add the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan over medium-low heat and stir to combine.  About 10 minutes.
  11. Before serving the bacon burger bites, place them on paper towel to remove excess grease.


Enjoy!



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1 Comments:

At July 3, 2014 at 10:33 PM , Blogger Debbie said...

oh these sound really tasty!

 

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