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Bacon Nut Meatballs Recipe

Almonds provide the crunchy difference in these irresistible meatballs. Making them a day in advance enhances the flavor even more. - Sue Downes-Williams, Lebanon, New Hampshire.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 10 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) beef consomme

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook bacon. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon; drain o paper towels. Reserve drippings in skillet.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, tomato past, crumbs, parsley, almonds, oregano, salt, pepper and bacon. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  • 3. Shape into 1-in. balls. Brown meatballs in drippings. Remove with a slotted spoon. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Saute mushrooms and onion in the drippings.
  • 4. Combine soup and consomme; stir into the mushroom mixture until blended. Return meatballs to pan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 60 meatballs.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (7 each) equals 459 calories, 31 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 131 mg cholesterol, 1,754 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein.