This little piggy was pork sausage, the second little piggy was bacon and the third little piggy was spiiiccceyyy prosciutto spread. Bacon.
Apologies up front – It is hard to get a glamorous meat ball shot, even more so when you forget to take one. Sigh, you just get the less than perfect weeknight dinner shot (see below). Neverfear though, lots of pictures for the tutorial. This recipe is based on straightforward meat ball basics, forgiving and can be made gluten-free. The prosecution spread might not be readily available in your neck of the words but you could sub in plain proscuitto plus spicy pepper flakes, chorizo etc. Big shout out to my MIL for showing me how to mass produce balls withOUT rolling. Scoop, squeeze, spoon scoop and flip the wrist. Repeat….
Scale up and down as you need to – this is for a large batch, that freezes well. This made 70-80 ~ 1 to 1.5 inch meat balls. Perfect Party Size.
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic, if jarred version a generous measure
- 3 pounds ground pork/sausage
- 2 – 3 eggs (3 if on smaller side)
- 1 1/2 cups grated parmasean
- 3/4 cup GF flour OR panko (not GF), 1/2 cup per pound of pork
- ~2 ounces of spicy prosciutto spread (I used La Quercia brand)
- 6 strips of cooked bacon, chopped
Note: no salt, there is plenty of salt in the bacon, parmesan and spread. You could add herbs etc but honestly there was a lot of flavor, and some sausage may already have some.
In large bowl, mix together the parmesan, garlic, chopped bacon and prosciutto spread. Just put some gloves on and use your hands!
Begin to mix in the raw ground pork in smaller portions. Keep adding and mixing. When well combined, add flour or panko, mix, and then add the raw eggs.
Mix until combined.
Now – shape them into balls, cook and enjoy. Make them big for dinner or small for appetizers, whatever you want. You will bake in the oven at 375F for 10-20 minutes until cooked through. You could also cook in a fry pan on the stove or freeze and cook later. I cooked some and then reheated in the crockpot.
Here is the MIL’s Scoop and Flip Meatball method. You could also scoop with a melon baller or ice cream scoop and roll around in your hands. But THIS is faster. We raced.
Note these meatballs were so big they cast a shadow. Hehe – bad lighting. #sorrynotsorry