Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno and Cheddar Meatballs

In the post below this one (yesterday) I mentioned how I was going to make jalapeno and cheddar cheese meatballs but wasn't in the mood so I threw it all together to make a simple meatloaf out of it.  I thought I would go back and find the meatball recipe and post it though, as they are really are so very good and worth making.  I plan on making them again next week myself!

Jalapeno Popper Meatballs

1 lb. ground beef
1 t fresh minced garlic
1/4 c ground almond flour (you can use regular flour, fine oatmeal or crackers or bread crumbs as a binder/filler)
1 egg
salt and pepper
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz. cream cheese
bacon slices

In a mixing bowl combine the beef, garlic, flour, egg, salt and pepper.  Add a few or many jalapenos depending on how spicy you like your dishes.  Form patties a couple inches across.

In a second bowl, mix the cheddar cheese and cream cheese.  Form small balls.  Form the beef patties around each cheese filling ball.

Slice the bacon in half and use a half slice to stretch gently and wrap around the meatball.  Bake at 375 until they are done, the cheese is starting to melt out of the balls and the bacon is done.  I crisp them under the broiler for about 3 minutes as we like our bacon completely done and crisp.   

*I saved the leftover cheese filling and used it the following night in cheese stuffed chicken breasts.

Mixing everything in a bowl.

You don't even have to wrap with bacon if you don't wish to!

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