Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs are delightful on their own as an appetizer or paired with your favorite side for a meal!
Does anyone else feel like lately ninety percent of their non-working time has been spent in front of the TV watching the Olympics? I have been sucked in big-time. I originally thought it was because gymnastics and swimming are my two favorite Summer events, and they were largely televised during the first week of the games. But I really just think an obsession is an obsession. Why else would I have spent hours yesterday watching the marathon, basketball, and golf- all events that I really thought I could care less about?
Jeremy has definitely been on board with the swimming, but most everything else he has major mixed feelings about. Mostly because more Olympics watching equates to less Netflix watching. I never knew a grown man could be so sad about only getting to watch one episode of One Tree Hill per night instead of three. To clarify, this is totally not a dis. He obviously has great taste in television shows.
I did, however, eat these meatballs without him. I ate them for TWO whole meals before I allowed him to even touch his portion. You see, I needed them to photograph for this post. Obviously the blog = more important than his cravings.
Before you think I am a terrible wife, I made him homemade pizza on the same night that I made these balls. He had more than enough deeelish food all to himself.
Makes 12 meatballs
1 cup of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1/2 of a small red onion, chopped
1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
1 LB of organic, free-range ground chicken
1 tsp of dried dill
1/2 tsp of fine sea salt
1/2 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of dried basil
4 strips of uncured turkey bacon (or pork bacon)
lettuce cups, optional
1. Place mushrooms, red onions, and parsley into a food processor. Process for approximately 30 to 60 seconds, scraping down the sides.
2. Combine the chopped veggies with the ground chicken and seasonings in a large bowl. Mix well with hands to combine. Cover and refrigerate for approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, cook bacon according to package instructions. I fried mine over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Allow to cool.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Crumble or finely chop bacon into bits. Combine with chicken and vegetable mixture. Mix well. Roll into meatballs and place on the baking sheet.
6. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until golden brown. If desired, serve in lettuce cups. These would also be delicious dipped into a Paleo ranch dressing!
If I had to choose between the Olympics and these chicken bacon ranch meatballs, I would be in trouble. Thank goodness I can sit on my butt, binge-watch the games, and munch on bacon-filled meatballs all at the same time.The Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatballs of your dreams! #totesAIP #Paleo #glutenfree Click To Tweet
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