Sunday, November 24, 2013

Football Sunday Food!! Bacon Cheddar Burger Balls!

I was wondering this morning what I could eat that would be low carb, that my family would like and that would be easy to munch on while I watched football since there were three really good games on the schedule!

My facebook page had a post from djfoodie for Burger Balls! I just happened to have all the ingredients. Here's the picture that caught my eye on facebook...

Photo Credit: djfoodie
Don't those look yummy? Don't let the simplicity fool you, these are labor intensive. They aren't hard to make, just time consuming and there are a lot of steps, but they are good! You can find the recipe right HERE.

I followed it exactly this time, didn't made any changes. I think next time I would like to try them with pepper jack cheese and not bake them for as long as I did. They seemed a little dry. Oh..and I used ground beef, but I think I would prefer ground turkey. I love ground turkey!

Here are the meatballs ready to be seared in the pan. But before you get to this part you have to dice onion and garlic and caramelize it in a pan with oil. Then mix the meat, one egg and the carmelized onion/garlic and make the meatballs. 

You have to flatten the ball and then put a little bacon bits and a cube of cheese and then gently roll the ball back up.

Then you sear them in a pan and it should be an oven proof pan, but I didn't have one so I just put them on a baking sheet all together. 

Here they are, all seared and ready to go in the oven. You can see there are three with toothpicks in them...those are special for my mom as she won't eat any onion. Just searing them they start oozing cheese if you didn't form them correctly, which obviously I didn't!

I baked mine at 450 for 10 minutes, I should only have done the 5 to 7 minutes suggested as I thought mine were a little overdone. Here they are straight out of the oven, you can see they oozed quite a bit more cheese. You have to really seal them well. 

Here they are, ready to "come and get'em!"

I made a quick cole slaw using an angel hair cabbage slaw I found recently at WinCo. I like it because it's a lot easier to chew and it's pretty! 

As you can see, even though a lot of cheese came out during the process there was still plenty inside...yum! Low Carb and delicious!

So the Chargers won...Yay! And my Cowboys won...Yay! Yay!  Now I'm watching the Broncos and the Patriots and it looks like it's going to be an easy win for the Broncos, but we shall see.

How was your Football Sunday? Any great snacks you had while watching?



  1. Football Sunday? Hmmmm! Can't say I ever had one. I did watch about 30 minutes of a game on Thanksgiving. I was told to root for the guys in the black and gold uniforms, (although they looked white and gold to me) but from my uninformed eye, the guys with black uniforms and big bird's beak on their helmets were playing a far better game. I mentioned my casual observation but was told to keep rooting for the guys in the black and gold. Sudden someone turned the TV off and I said what happened, and they said they couldn't watch it anymore. Oh well it didn't mean a whole lot to me anyhow.

    On a subject in which we have a more common interest, food, change the source to beef and you may have something here. I despise turkey. Again I revert to thanksgiving day. Neither my wife nor I eat turkey. She is a vegetarian and I hate turkey, tastes like dishwater to me. (I know "Just what does dishwater taste like?" Turkey, of course.) Anyhow even though neither of us eat it, my wife is forced to cook one of the damn things every thanksgiving. Well she put her foot down and said she would cook it but someone was going to have to clean the damn thing. She had reached into her last turkey to remove the giblets. I did it one year, and said screw this, we are having roast beef next year. This of course went over with the traditionalist like the proverbial 3 pounds of crap in a 2 pound bag...but no one else is going to step up and cook the damned thing. So the providers of the free turkey, who will not cook it, did relent and start cleaning it. So my wife's sister's husband brings the cleaned turkey over to my mother in law's on Wednesday and puts it in the refrigerator. This is so we can show up at noon and start cooking and they will roll in at 5 ready to eat like every other year. The damned turkey was wrapped in aluminum foil but no pan under it. It leaked bloody water all over the bottom shelf, into the crispers and the bottom of the refrigerator. So yours truly gets to clean and disinfect a refrigerator while my wife cooks the damned turkey and neither one of us touches it with a 10 foot pole. The rest of the meal was scrumptious, but I have had enough turkey to last me yet another year.

    Anyhow substitute ground beef for turkey and I think your burger balls would be wonderful. But do I have to watch football when eating them? If so I must respectfully decline. I don't who root for and when I finally do, somebody turns the damned TV off. I don't understand the game.

    1. Hahahaha! Great comment! Black uniforms and big birds beak? I guess that would have been the Ravens maybe? I will admit I'm not a statistics & strategy type of football watcher. My team is the Cowboys, win-lose-or draw. I know the quarterback is Tony Romo and other than that I don't know much about the team.

      My son is just vomiting out statistics and what college team this and that player played for and frankly, I just like to watch the game. I've never understood the love of statistics and history of various players. I'm watching the Saints and the Panthers play. I want the Saints to win cause I like Drew Brees, but then again I don't care if the Panthers win cause I love Cam Newton. But I know that true football fans would be yelling at me because it's important for a certain team to win so they can qualify to move up...but I don't really care. I just love to watch them play.

      Oh my gosh...are you serious? Who doesn't put a raw turkey on a pan or something! I would have been furious too! I'm so sorry you had to deal with cleaning that all up! Especially since you don't like turkey. I love turkey and I wouldn't have wanted to deal with that at all! You and Mrs. Sextant are good people to deal with all that drama for the sake of family and tradition :)

      These burger balls are made with ground beef. So you would have liked them, but I think ground beef is too heavy a taste and I've grown to really love ground turkey, but my mom would not eat a turkey ball if it was the last morsel of food on earth. There are those that love and those that hate the poor turkey. Me...I love it!!!

    2. Steeler vs Ravens, thanksgiving night. Steelers lost. Didn't matter to me either way. Some people would revoke my citizenship to Allegheny County. But I do like to remind them, that while I may not be a fan, I am a supporter. Every thing I buy 1% of the purchase price goes to the Steelers, Pirates, or Penguins. Otherwise they may leave town. Take the 1% tax with them, and I will help them pack their bags.


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