Monday, April 15, 2013

Meatball Monday: Chicken Bacon Artichoke Meatballs

Last week I professed my love for pizza with Pizza Meatballs for Meatball Monday. This week, my love for pizza is shining through with these meatballs that were inspired by one of my favorite pizzas - Papa Murphy's Chicken Bacon Artichoke deLITE.

Although we make our own pizzas nowadays, that was not always the case. We had a Papa Murphy's in the shopping center across from our apartment complex and on nights when we didn't want to cook, we ordered some good ol' take-n-bake. I loved the flavors of the Chicken Bacon Artichoke pizza - in fact just thinking about it makes me want a slice!

I took all the ingredients that are on the delicious Chicken Bacon Artichoke pizza and rolled them into these lovelies! Chicken, bacon, artichoke hearts, spinach, parmesan cheese and garlic.

The outcome was divine! We enjoyed the Chicken Bacon Artichoke Meatballs with pasta and marinara sauce, but I imagine they would also be good with alfredo sauce. They are wonderful on their own as well - nothing is needed to complete the flavor of these little bad boys!

Chicken Bacon Artichoke Meatballs
1 pound ground chicken
1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
1/2 cup bacon, cooked and chopped
1/4 cup frozen spinach, thawed
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon garlic
1. Mix all ingredients together until fully incorporated.
2. Roll into 1.5” balls
3. If using meatball bbq rack – cook for 15-20 minutes on medium-high heat, flipping every 5 minutes. If cooking in oven – bake for 25-30 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown.


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