This recipe for chicken and bacon balls with hidden vegetables is the ultimate family friendly meal. They are easy to make, have the added bonus of hidden vegetables and are the perfect bite size for little mouths. There is also the added bonus that the mince mix can be made into sausage rolls and we know everyone loves sausage rolls.
These are perfect for the school lunchbox, a easy dinner or take on a picnic.
I am using D’Orsogna Streaky Bacon in this recipe. The streaky bacon gives the mix it’s flavour and who doesn’t love bacon – bacon makes everything taste good! You will find the D’Orsogna Streaky Bacon in the fridge section of Woolworths.
1 Pkt D’Orsgona Streaky Bacon, diced
500gm Chicken Mince
1 Onion, peeled
2 Medium Carrots, peeled and sliced
1 Medium Zucchini, sliced (you can peel if your little to disguise it even more)
1 Tbs Minced Garlic
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Dipping sauces to serve
Plain flour for coating
LETS PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
1. Using a food processor, a thermo mixer or a grater, process the onion, carrot and zucchini until broken down.
2. Place the streaky bacon into a frypan and cook until lightly browned and the flavour is released. Add to the vegetable mix and process for 10 seconds.
3. Add the chicken mince, minced garlic and salt and pepper. Process on low speed to just combine the mince with the other ingredients. Be careful not to over process it. Alternatively, if not using a food processor use your hands to mix through.
4. Pour some flour onto a plate and then take tablespoon size amounts of the mix and roll with flour on your hands to form a ball shape. Place into a greased baking dish. Repeat until all the mix is done. Spray the balls with cooking sprays and then bake in a 200 degree celcius oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden and they bounce back when touched.
Freezer friendly: after cooking allow to cool and then place into zip lock bags and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat place on a lined baking tray while still frozen and reheat in the oven – 180 degree celcius for 15 minutes or until heated through.
Alternatively, make half the mix into balls and the remainder into sausage rolls.
Simply make a line of the mix on defrosted puff pastry, wrap and cut into bite sized rolls. Brush with egg and bake in a 220 degree celcius oven for 20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden.
Serve with dipping sauce.