Bacon Wrapped Wild Game Meatballs

We generally have a freezer full of wild game.  My husband was not a hunter when we married but over the years as his passion for this manly sport grew, my passion to figure out ways to cook what he brings home grew too.  The thing with wild game {or lean ground meat of any kind} is that it has a tendency to dry out.  

Enter, BACON.  The bacon gives this meatball recipe a boost so that it stays super moist & the combo of the two are glorious.   I have some people in my house who don't like meatballs without some type of sauce, so I created this Spicy Mint Chutney to go with these meatballs.  

These meatballs make a great meal or serve them as an appetizer.  Just know there will not be any leftovers!

Check out these directions for prepping this meal ahead of time.



Bacon Wrapped Wild Game Meatballs


 1.5 pounds ground game or bison

1 shallot, finely diced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1tablespoon dried basil

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

12 slices bacon



preheat oven to 425.

in a large bowl mix together ground meat, shallot, tomato paste & spices.  form into 12 equally sized balls {about the size of a golfball}.

wrap bacon slices around each meatball, fully covering meat.

cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper & bake 25-27 minutes*.  serve immediately with spicy mint chutney.

*tip ~ the amount of fat in cuts of bacon varies, so if yours does not begin to brown towards the end of baking, place under broiler for about 2 minutes before removing the meatballs from the oven.

Love, Cara