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.
These 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!
I 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!
Beef & Bacon Meatballs in Balsamic Tomato Sauce
- 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
- Olive Oil
Creates approximately 19 - 20 golf ball sized meatballs.
|Lightly pan fry bacon slices until just cooked. Remove from pan and dry on paper towels to remove excess oils. |
|Once dried, chop up bacon into small pieces. |
|Combine ground beef with bacon, giardiniera and lightly pepper, then mix well. |
|Use your hands to create approximately 19 - 20 golf ball-sized meatballs. |
|Heat a nonstick frying pan and once hot, brown the meatballs until cooked all the way through. Drain oil in between batches. |
|In a medium sized sauce pan, heat olive oil and then sauté the chopped onion until translucent. |
|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. |
|Serve meatballs on a bed of sauce and enjoy! |