Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs with Ranch Dip
You know the phrase “necessity is the mother of all invention?” Well here ya go. No, I didn’t invent the cheeseburger or the meatballs or the cheeseburger meatball. But I did do it without eggs, flour or any spices that are immune stimulating. Hooray! Now the necessity piece is that I had a block of dairy-free cheese my husband purchased, a pound of ground beef and not much else. Except bacon…I always have bacon! So like any good, not-wanting-to-go-to-the-grocery-store mom I used what I had on hand!
A quick word here about dairy-free cheese…you have to be careful with these. Most have canola or some other type of highly-processed oil, so you’ll want to avoid it. I’m still on the hunt for that “perfect” dairy-free cheese, but so far I’ve found that Teese Vegan Cheese is the least worrisome; it does have carrageenan and maltodextrin , so it is absolutely something to use in moderation and after you’ve begun reintroductions. Ideally, we’d all be able to tolerate dairy and go for the real stuff…in it’s raw form, of course!
Now let’s talk about that ranch dip for a second. Y’ALL. It’s creamy, spicy and perfect with these meatballs. I love it because it’s so easy to customize…want a little more heat? Add some more onion powder. A little more “cool”? add some more dill. I also use this as a salad dressing, thinned out just a bit with a little water or coconut water.
Anyhow… on to the recipe!
•1 lb ground chuck
•4 strips uncured bacon, cooked and crumbled
•3 tbsp cheddar cheese, raw or dairy-free
•2 tbsp dried onions
•1 tsp sea salt
•2 tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 425.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
Scoop mixture out and roll into 2” balls.
Bake for 20-25 minutes (careful not to overcook to prevent drying out).
•1/2 cup coconut milk
•1 can coconut cream
•1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
•1/2 tbsp dried chives
•2 tsp dried Parsley
•2 tsp fresh dill
•1 tsp garlic powder
•1 tsp onion powder
•1/2 tsp sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously until well combined.
Add extra seasoning as needed. For extra “zing” add 1/4 tsp of Apple Cider
Vinegar at a time until preference is reached.