Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatball Bites with Burger Sauce

Party meatballs in a delicious meatball sauce.

As we speak, football season is in full swing... finally if you ask The Cajun.

Our television has barely left the SEC and NFL Networks since preseason started - and, of course, along with the season, comes the fabulous food!

Meatballs surely must be the quintessential football party food don't you think? Whether you're tailgating or homegating, it'd be rare to be at a party without a crock or three going and meatballs destined to be in at least one of them. Frankly, it's where most everybody seems to gravitate. I know my husband sure does!

This is one of my favorite meatball sauces - a little tangy take on the old grape jelly and chili sauce standard we all know and love, but taken a little deeper. I patterned the flavor of it on a sauce from an old favorite and sadly now gone, little bitty burger joint in Biloxi that I used to love. There was nothing particularly special about their burgers really, except they were flame cooked, but it was the sauce that really just made them.

Don't fret though, with a little help from premade frozen meatballs the entire dish is super quick and easy to make. Throw the meatballs in a slow cooker with this sauce and you have a tasty football party food that is easy peasy y'all, but... check this out.

Hot sauced Casa meatballs, skewered on baked waffle fries and garnished with chilled lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese and slices of bacon.

 How about a few impressive pass-arounds?

Won tons, stuffed into a mini muffin tin and baked, make fantastic crunchy cups to cradle sauced meatballs, along with garnishes of shredded lettuce, chopped bacon, tomato and shredded cheese.

I love the crunch from these light & airy baked phyllo cups against the soft saucy meatballs. Add shredded lettuce, a sprinkle of bacon, and a small slice of cheddar cheese.

And, with a little help from frozen meatballs, it is so easy to assemble these great bite-sized appetizers that will make your party meatballs touchdown-worthy. Initally I prepared this post using Daily Chef Casa di Bertacchi meatballs which were sold exclusively at Sam's Club, but sadly aren't available here locally anywhere.

At 5/8-ounce each and in a 6-pound bag, these are the perfect size and quantity for entertaining, with plenty to accommodate both the slow cooker and some pass-arounds for your party, and still have some leftover for everyday family meals. What a bargain!

No worries though. Just use your own favorite frozen meatballs!

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Are you on Facebook? If you haven't already, come and join the party! We have a lot of fun & there's always room for one more at the table.
Posted by on September 23, 2015

Disclosure: This post is part of a series for the 2015 Daily Chef – Casa di Bertacchi Meatballs Ambassadorship program to help show how to save time and prep making delicious, easily prepared meals using Casa fully cooked meatballs from Sam's Club. Participation in this program is voluntary, however, Sam's Club and Casa have provided me with compensation for this post. Original recipe was developed by me and all opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

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