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Used in several recipes like couscous, meatballs can also be a dish on thier own. The secret of this recipe is in the mix of two different kinds of meat with a little Parmesan. Note that it's a dish children always love.
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 50 meatballs, you will need:

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43 min.43 min.
Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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Prepare 1 onion, peel, wash and cut in pieces 1 garlic clove.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
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Chop them with 1 bunch parsley.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
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Cut 250 g belly (streaky) bacon into pieces, remove and discard rind and hard parts.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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Mince bacon pieces in your mincer or food processor.

if you don't have one, ask your butcher to do it for you.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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Mix together minced bacon, parsley, garlic, and onion, add 250 g minced beef, 1 egg and 3 tablespoons Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan). Salt, pepper, and mix well.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
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Take about a tablespoonful of this mixture.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
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Roll it in your hands to get an even ball.

Stage 8 - 15 min.
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Put the ball on a tray, and carry on like this with the rest of the mixture.

You can use the meatballs straight away, or freeze them for later use.


If you don't like bacon, you can replace it with veal or any other meat of your choice.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Belly (streaky) baconBelly (streaky) bacon: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Eggs Arsène, Larded pork tenderloin, Avengers' potatoes, Rabbit terrine, Hamburgers, ... All
Minced beefMinced beef: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Moussaka, Gisèle's Pasties, Stuffed tomatoes and courgettes, Express chilli con carne, Bolognaise lasagne, ... All
Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan)Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Crispy rolls with chicken and leek, Pesto crackers, Gratin of purple artichokes, Creamy risotto with vegetables , Tagliatelle and courgette spaghetti, carbonara style, ... All
ParsleyParsley: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Fish "à la Bordelaise", Lumberjack turnovers, Crunchy Cauliflower Salad with Lemon, White asparagus salad, Warm cauliflower salad with two cheeses, ... All

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