Monday, March 30, 2009

the notorious PIG

i'm so exhausted from spending the weekend making 300 bacon meatball stuffed bacon biscuits, that i can't even write something clever here.

however, i do want to provide the recipe and let you know that you can see clips of the takedown on good morning america's website! my dish is the one named the notorious PIG.

4 ounces button mushrooms - chopped
1/2 medium onion - finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter
dash cayenne pepper
1 lb ground pork
6 ounces bacon - cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons fresh parsley - finely chopped
1 egg
1/2 cup finely ground breadcrumbs

in saute pan, melt butter over medium-low heat and add onions. salt and pepper onions and cook 5 minutes. add dash cayenne and mix well. turn heat to medium-high, add mushrooms and cook another 5-7 minutes.

in large bowl, combine cooked mushrooms with all ingredients, except the breadcrumbs. mix gently until everything is incorporated together, then mix the breadcrumbs into the mixture.

roll into quarter sized balls. stuff with cream cheese (see below).

cream cheese
4 ounces cream cheese - softened
1 tablespoon chives - finely chopped
2 cloves garlic - roasted
2-3 tablespoons bacon - cooked and crumbled.

mix all ingredients together until well blended. refridgerate to harden before stuffing into meatballs (its easier to stuff with cold rather than softened cream cheese).

once the meatballs are stuffed, sear them in a saute pan until all sides are browned. drain on a paper towel. wrap in biscuit dough (click here for my biscuit dough recipe - one batch should cover all of the meatballs), brush tops with an egg wash, and bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. yields approx 12 delicious biscuit wrapped meatballs.



flappergirl said...

COOL! You made it onto Good Morning America! I am very impressed and think your recipe title is by far the best one, hands-down! Congratulations! (This looks like much fun - was it? I am on next year's waiting list :))

heather said...

it was a lot of fun, but after nearly losing my mind making 300 of those suckers, i would definitely suggest doing something a bit simpler. i think that creative and simple is the way to go.

the people's choice winner was a bacon burboun ice cream and the judge's choice winner was a guy who cured and smoked his own bacon. both were delish.

flappergirl said...

Hey Heather! I am actually participating in the next takedown! It's tofu this time around.

Do you have any tips or tricks? I have never made or served 300 bite-sized portions before!

heather said...

yes, tips:

like i said before, creative and simple is the way to go.

make something that you can explain in a word or two (for when you're handing out to people).

and, ask for help from friends! i really didn't think about how long it would take for me to make 300 of anything.

and one more thing, have FUN. i nearly lost sight of that while in bacon frenzy

good luck! can't wait to see what you make.

flappergirl said...

Hi Heather! Thank you so much for the advice! I think the only thing I'm truly nervous about is quantity and how to get it to the location. That's gonna take more creativity than coming up with a recipe!!!!!

Thanks again. :) I love your blog!