Tracy’s first cookbook was the 1972 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cookbook. While this cookbook helped us all learn to love cooking some of the options were, shall we say…less than gourmet, such as the “Peppy Frank Pizza” made with cut-up hotdogs and American cheese, or the Cinnamon Twists made with canned biscuits. Nevertheless, one of our favorite recipes, Bacon Burger Meatballs, was adapted from one of these basic recipes.
1 ½ lbs. 93% lean ground beef
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 T. hamburger seasoning (such as McCormick’s Grill Mates)
half sleeve saltine crackers
5 slices center cut bacon
Preheat oven to 425.
Slice each piece of bacon into four strips by cutting once lengthwise and then cutting each long strip in half. Partially cook in microwave for approximately 2 minutes. Set bacon aside.
Mix ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, and hamburger seasoning in large bowl. Stir until mixture is well combined.
Crush saltine crackers and place crumbs into shallow bowl.
Shape beef mixture into approximately 10 large meatballs. Roll each meatball in saltine cracker crumbs coating all sides.
Wrap two slices of bacon around each meatball and place on lined baking sheet.
Bake meatballs for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked through.
Hint: If bacon begins to become too crisp, loosely cover the top of pan with foil to avoid over-browning.
Weight Watchers Smart Points: These meatballs are 4 SmartPoints each (even if you stuff a small cube of cheese inside)!