Tuesday, September 11, 2012

currently cooking: smoky chicken meatballs

Ever since stumbling across Deb's recipe for Baked Chicken Meatballs on Smitten Kitchen a few years ago I was desperate to whip up a batch of my own. The problem? Our old NYC apartment lacked an oven. How sad is that?

When it came time to make dinner on a recent weeknight, I was pretty pumped to discover ground chicken in our freezer. A light bulb went off as the choice became clear. Meatballs for everyone!

Since we didn't have all the makings for Deb's version, we needed to improvise a bit with the ingredients. Instead of pancetta (which we coincidentally did not have lying around the fridge...who do you think we are? Mario Batali?), we used diced Benton's bacon. It was quite the combo.

The meatballs were plenty moist (disgusting word alert) and crazy flavorful. I highly recommend the combination.

S couldn't keep his hands off of them. Note the missing meatball in the below pics.

After some searching, I came across this similar recipe which also calls for serving your meatballs "naked" (which only means without pasta, pervs).

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