Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
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Serves: 4
  • 1½ lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 slices white bread, torn into small pieces (see NOTES)
  • 2 tbs water
  • 2 tbs finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 16 slices bacon (in UK it's streaky bacon--don't use thick cut)
  • 8 - ½-inch cubes sharp cheddar cheese -OR- mozzarella
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy clean up) and place a rack in the pan (I use a rack like you use to cool cookies)
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, torn bread, water, onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper and egg. Blend well.
  3. Divide meat into 8 equal portions.
  4. Form meatball around a cube of cheese.
  5. Wrap with one slice of bacon, then turn the meatball 90 degrees and wrap in another slice of bacon.
  6. Place meatballs, bacon seam-side down on the rack in the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until bacon is nicely browned and beginning to look crisp (the bacon won't crisp on the bottom, FYI).
The bread can be processed into crumbs in a food processor--just pulse about 2 times.
Recipe by The Midnight Baker at