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Back-to-School or Time for Beef & Bacon Meatballs?

I just saw a back-to-school commercial on TV. Come on — it’s too soon! Even though I don’t have kids, I’m still not ready to think about the start of the next school year.

If I do, it means that Fall is not far behind, lazy summer days will be a distant memory, holiday catalogs will start appearing in my mailbox and before you know it, we’re stuffing our faces full of holiday treats, exhausted from all those seasonal parties, braving the madhouse at the mall….

STOP — I’m not ready to think about back-to-school!

Let’s rewind and say that it’s too early. The kids should enjoy their summer and not have to think about backpacks, tests and all that homework! Let’s enjoy this time of year wherever in the world you may be. Let’s not constantly look ahead, but instead live by the motto of “carpe diem”  — seize the day and enjoy the moment! And in this moment, I’m dreaming of these amazing meatballs flavored with bits of bacon in a delicious red sauce.

1227 Foster- Bacon Meatballs 3These are super easy to make and perfect for any gathering as a great starter. To be honest, when I first made these, I had them for dinner with nothing else — they’re that good!

1227 Foster- Bacon Meatballs 1-2I don’t know about you, but bacon makes everything taste better — this is a no brainer! The bits of bacon give each meatball so much dimension and when combined with the balsamic infused sauce – yummm! I can just lick the plate clean! I hope you give it a try — I know you’ll love them as much as I do!

1227 Foster- Bacon Meatballs 2

Beef & Bacon Meatballs in Balsamic Tomato Sauce

Meal type Appetizer
Misc Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party
Website 1227 Foster



  • 1.5lb Ground Beef
  • 8-10 Bacon Slices
  • 1/4 cup Giardiniera Relish
  • Black Pepper


  • 15oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Medium Onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil


Creates approximately 19 - 20 golf ball sized meatballs.


Step 1
Lightly pan fry bacon slices until just cooked. Remove from pan and dry on paper towels to remove excess oils.
Step 2
Once dried, chop up bacon into small pieces.
Step 3
Combine ground beef with bacon, giardiniera and lightly pepper, then mix well.
Step 4
Use your hands to create approximately 19 - 20 golf ball-sized meatballs.
Step 5
Heat a nonstick frying pan and once hot, brown the meatballs until cooked all the way through. Drain oil in between batches.
Step 6
In a medium sized sauce pan, heat olive oil and then sauté the chopped onion until translucent.
Step 7
Add in tomato sauce, basil, balsamic vinegar and then lightly season with salt and pepper. Mix well and then simmer on low for 15 - 20 minutes.
Step 8
Serve meatballs on a bed of sauce and enjoy!

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  1. Mmmmm I love meatballs..I bet these are amazing. I agree with the premature back-to-school commercials being annoying. I’m not even in school anymore and it still bothers me when they start them in July!
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    • Glad you like Ashley :) Unfortunately, it’s the way advertisers are and as soon as one holiday/event is over, it’s on to the next :( Hope you’re enjoying summer at least!

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  2. I agree completely that it’s way too early to see back to school ads although I’ve been noticing them in the Sunday flyers now for weeks. Geez, give these kids a break! I also remember the days when we didn’t go back until the Monday after Labor Day but a lot of schools around here start in August.
    Bacon? Did you say bacon Danny? Of course everything’s better w/bacon & I’ve been slipping it into my meatballs now for some time along with a little blob of mozzarella cheese. And last night I made stuffed pork chops (cranked up the AC before even starting though) & added bacon to the stuffing – yes, everything’s better with bacon.

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    • Whatever happened to Labor Day? Things just start too early. I knew you would like this with the bacon bits. But, I want to read more about your version — the added Mozzarella sounds divine!

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  3. I can’t believe I haven’t thought about adding bacon to my meatballs yet.. it’s so logical and must have tasted fantastic! Great recipe.. great thinking and I know my son would go crazy over these:)
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    • Glad I could share something new Barb! I hope the family enjoys this — it’s so simple yet so tasty :)

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  4. Danny I am so bookmarking these for the start of the school year. Bacon and beef in one meal, this is like a teenagers dream. However, I personally love that sauce.
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    • Hi Bam! Glad to hear that you like this or should I say the teens? :) Hope you all enjoy it! Hope all is well!

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  5. I felt the same way when I aw the back to school commercial the other day. It’s too soon, we are enjoying this summer way to much. Back to school commercials need to go away. On the other hand I’ll have some meatballs. :)

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    • Hard to avoid the inevitable — those commercials are just one right after the other these days as July winds down :( Enjoy some great food in the meantime and the rest of your summer! :)

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  6. Thanks for the recipe! I found that there was too much onion if you use a “medium” sized onion. I would say no more than 3/4 of a cup of onion or less would do the trick. Also, pasta sauce with no garlic? I added garlic to the onion to saute before adding the sauce, and it turned out great. The meatballs were nice…maybe needed a little salt in the mix. I loved the Giardiniera. Never thought of that before. Thanks again!

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    • Glad you made the recipe your own and enjoyed it in the end. I’m a big onion fan so for me, the more the better :) Thanks for the feedback and have a great 2014!

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