Monday, August 17, 2015

Bacon Cheeseburger Balls with Cheesy Dip (Thanks Am we LOVE them!!)

Bacon Cheeseburger Balls with Cheesy Dip

*For the meatballs, makes 20 balls

1 lb grassfed ground beef
1/2 lb bacon, cooked to crispy, fat reserved
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup green onions (scallion), chopped
1/4 cup cheese sauce *recipe below
1 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper

Cheese Sauce
*prepare this first, to use in meatball mix

2/3 cup avocado oil or light olive oil
1 large egg
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup sweet potato, peeled and cooked
1/4 cup full fat unsweetened coconut milk 
1/4 cup nutritional yeast 

Directions (for sauce):

1.  Make sauce like mayo.  Add egg, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder to the food processor or blender.  Pulse.  Slowly drizzle 2/3 cup oil in while constantly pulsing.  

2.  Once emulsified, add cooked sweet potato, coconut milk and nutritional yeast to food processor or blender and blend until it is a smooth and creamy sauce. 

Directions (for meatballs):

1.  Preheat oven to 400F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2.  In a large skillet, cook bacon.

3.  While bacon is cooking, chop your jalapeƱos and green onions.

4.  To a large mixing bowl, add your beef, egg, nutritional yeast, cheese sauce, garlic, onion, salt and pepper.  Mix to combine.

5.  When bacon is cooked to cripsy, chop and add to meatball mixture.  Don't dump the fat!

6.  Roll 1-2 Tbsp sized balls and drop in hot bacon grease.  Brown the balls on all sides, on medium heat.

7.  When balls are browned, transfer to parchment paper.  Place in preheated oven for 10 minutes, until cooked through.  

8.  Serve with cheese sauce and enjoy!