For the low-carb or Paleo family, breakfast can be a challenge. Even gluten-free families get tired of trying to avoid standard American breakfast choices. In our case, we are avoiding both grains (not just gluten) and eggs, so that eliminates cereals and omelette-type dishes. Luckily, we've found a good number of interesting meat-based breakfast dishes that everyone likes! The key is making big batches ahead of time and freezing them. Who wants to cook for an hour first thing in the morning?
These Bacon Maple Sausage Meatballs are simple and easy to make in the oven. There's one extra prep step -- pre-cooking the bacon before you mix it into the meatballs -- that's really worth it. If you add raw bacon to the meat it won't cook through and you'll be left with chunks of fat in your meatballs. After that quick step, though, it's easy. Just dump everything in a bowl, mix, roll into balls, and let bake.
Bacon Maple Sausage Meatballs
1 1/2 to 2 lb ground pork
1 pkg bacon (nitrite-free)
1 bunch leeks, diced (or minced garlic - your choice)
2 - 3 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp allspice
salt & pepper to taste
Dice the bacon and cook with the leeks in a small frying pan over medium heat until crispy. Meanwhile, mix the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the bacon and leeks when cooked, and mix well. Shape into walnut-sized balls on one or two un-greased baking sheets.
Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees, or until dark brown and caramelized.
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