|Ingredients and paleo recipe binder in the background.|
Because this is my first time making this recipe and as written it feeds 5-6 people, I decided to make a half batch. First, I turned on my oven to preheat. I then put all ingredients except for the bacon in a bowl and mixed it up with gloved hands.
I completely forgot to take a pre-mixed picture. Oops. I was a bit concerned as the mix seemed a bit too loose for meatball making. I briefly considered adding some almond flour to firm up the mixture, but decided to stick with the recipe. I formed the buffalo meatballs and then brought out the bacon!
I decided a full slice of bacon to wrap each meatball was too much, so I cut pieces to size. I then used 2 shorter pieces together on some of the meatballs. And carefully put them onto my skewers. I bought these metal skewers very inexpensively and they have come in handy grilling outdoors and cooking in. Its nice to not have to soak skewers and these go straight into the dishwasher.
I put them in the preheated oven and set the timer for 30 minutes.
What to do with 30 minutes? Make green beans, of course! This isn't a recipe really, but just as a easy example of how I make my vegetable sides during the week.
As tomorrow is the beginning of my work week, I knew I'd need a vegetable side for my lunch tomorrow, so I put enough green beans for two healthy portions into my saute pan. I added enough vegetable broth to the bottom of the pan to steam the green beans a bit. You could also use water. I also put 5 cloves of minced garlic (using a press) in the pan. I covered the beans for a a few minutes so that they would soften.
|Yummy steamy green beans.|
|Quick, tasty and easy side dish.|
|Not so pretty right out of the oven.|
I put together my plate and sat down to taste. I just have to say that if you have not tried sauteing some grape tomatoes, you're missing out. They burst in your mouth with warm tomatoey goodness!
|That looks much better.|
Prep and Cooking Time: The recipe did not have a stated prep time. It took me 20 minutes from start to putting the meatballs in the oven. If I were to make this again, that time might go down as you get better at wrapping the meatballs in bacon. Also, keep in mind, I only made a half recipe, so a full batch will take you longer. The meatballs were done in the stated 30 minute cook time.
Clean up: Clean up wasn't bad. Since I foiled my sheet pan, it didn't need cleaning. Everything I used for the meatballs, except for my pairing knife could go in the dishwasher. If I hadn't put the foil on the sheet pan, clean up would have been more as you can see from the post-bake picture, so I highly recommend foiling your pan.
The Paleo Review: Meh to Thumbs up. The meatballs were quite rich with the bacon wrapped around them. I plated 3 meatballs and really could have done with 2 they were so rich. I could see why kids might like them. These meatballs were easy to put together and I had most of the ingredients on hand.
I'd say other than the flavor of bacon, there really wasn't any other flavor to these meatballs. I wonder if adding some other spices or pepper to the meat mix might help with that. I like the taste of bacon, so no big deal, but then if I just want bacon, I'll just cook bacon. Also, if I make these again, I will use a broiler pan or a sheet pan with a rack so that the fat can drip away and the bacon can crisp a bit more.
These might be good for appetizers for a small gathering. I don't see why you couldn't assemble and refrigerate them the day before a party.
Just for the sake of testing, I've frozen some of these and will update the post with a post freeze review.