Okay… So I don’t know if you guys heard, but about a month ago, there were rumours of an imminent bacon shortage. Never mind the fact that they were just rumours, and I found out about this on Twitter, but it was enough to make me panic. No bacon?!? How would I live? And so I did what any sane person would do, which is to make a meal with as much bacon in it as I possibly could, without making it disgusting. I buckled down, did my research, and found this recipe for turkey bacon meatballs, which I thought I’d accompany with a nice healthy salad… A bacon salad! I’m actually quite proud of the results! The meatballs were super tasty, and after the meal, I felt like I could say goodbye to future bacon opportunities with a little less regret.
A dozen slices of raw bacon
1 onion, in pieces
6 cloves garlic
2 pounds ground turkey
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
3 tablespoons chia seeds
3 cups marinara or tomato sauce (homemade or store-bought)
1 cup chicken broth or water
Grated parmesan, and chopped parsley for garnish
Okay so first, preheat the oven to 400. Then, you will process together the bacon, onion, and garlic. Now, I know you won’t be expecting this, because I wasn’t, but pureed raw bacon actually looks really, really gross… The fatty, pale pink pudding that I got out of the processed mixture was enough to make my stomach turn. But have courage, knowing that it will be worth it in the end!!!
In a bowl, mix together your pink pudding, ground turkey, salt, pepper, chili flakes, and chia seeds. Shape balls out of them (I made mine quite big, since they were the main dish). Place them on a baking sheet and cook for 20min.
When done, transfer to a pot, together with the marinara sauce and broth. Simmer for 15min.
Serve with grated parmesan and parsley.
As for the salad, I made a normal green salad with some tomato and avocado, and a light vinaigrette. And then, I fried up some bacon till crispy, let cool, and chopped it up, and sprinkled it all over the salad. It was a million times better than croutons! You can be as gluttonous as you want here, and next time I make this salad, I’m making twice as much bacon as I did last time! I mean LOOK at my bacon!!! It’s so… beautiful.