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Not My Grannies Meatballs

The original dinner was going to be a meatloaf but things changed from the grocery to home. They came out great and I can’t say I’ve ever cooked a meatball so blingy. Keep reading
Wouldn’t really put this in the Italian section but more like the party section. The recipe is just for the meatballs not the pasta. I ended up with 8 measured meatballs for the win. Great little appetizer for a small dinner party.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Style American, Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 743kcal
Author Shawn


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • ½ lb bacon (eight ½ slices)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup parmigiano
  • 8 oz mozzarella (½ - ¼ inch cubed)
  • 4 oz egg (=’s 2 eggs beaten)
  • 4 oz onion (fine diced)
  • 4 tsp garlic (=’s 4 cloves halved)
  • 2 oz olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic (=’s 2 cloves roasted)
  • 1 tsp basil (=’s 1 leaf chopped)
  • 1 tsp Dawgs Bark
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Start oven to 350 and get a cooking grate on top of cookie sheet for finished meatballs.
  • In a large bowl mix everything with hands well BUT mozzarella, bacon, garlic, ¼ tsp salt, and 1 tsp basil.
  • Wrap 2 cloves of garlic with foil and set on meatball holder.
  • If you are weighing the meatball these are 5 oz and a pretty good sized handful not as big as a baseball. 2 ½ inch here or there.
  • Throw 9 toothpicks on the counter, get a handful of meat, and roll it into a ball.
  • Push a cube of mozzarella and half of garlic into center of meatball.
  • Pinch in the hole and reroll meatball making sure the garlic and mozzarella are covered.
  • Take a half a strip of bacon, wrap it around the ball, and poke through the bacon seams into the meatball with a toothpick.
  • Place finished balls about 1 inch apart on meatball holder.
  • Rinse and repeat #5 to #9 until not more meatball supplies are left.
  • Place an 350 oven for 45 minutes or until bacon is visually done.
  • Go ahead in a small bowl add the olive oil, chopped basil, and salt.
  • When meatballs are done carefully open the foil packet with garlic cloves and put them in small bowl with basil and olive oil.
  • Take a fork or muddler type tool to smash and mix the small bowls ingredients.
  • Plate up your feast however you plan on getting after it. Pour the small bowl of basil roasted garlic over the top for nice touch. Enjoy mi amigo!!


Nutrition is based off 5 oz 1 meatball per person.
➕ Nutrition
Nutrition Facts
Not My Grannies Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (5 oz)
Calories 743 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59g91%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 185mg62%
Sodium 1783mg78%
Potassium 469mg13%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 356mg36%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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If you don’t have any Texas Butter I guess we’ll overlook it if you use what’s in your pantry. Be sure to ask how something turned out or you have questions. Expect grammar errors, these are not checked much other than what my browser flags. Well, in general I can’t spell worth a crap. Thanks – Shawn

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