Bacon Stuffed Potato Balls

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You can’t really go wrong with bacon, cheese and potatoes. Thrown these Bacon Stuffed Potato Balls in a deep fryer, and you’ve got an addictive appetizer that is perfect for your next football party. Double this recipe to feed a hungry crowd. Substitute your favorite cheese if you’re not a pepper jack fan. These taste fantastic on their own, or spice it up with the addition of your favorite hot sauce or spicy seasonings. Mmm!

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1/4 lb ground pork
5 slices of hickory-smoked bacon, chopped
4 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded
Instant mashed potatoes (6-7 servings worth)
2 eggs
1 cup flour
Hamburger seasoning to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
Garlic powder (optional)
Extra handful of shredded pepper jack cheese (optional)

Make 6-7 servings of mashed potatoes by following the directions on the box. If you like lots of flavor, add some garlic powder and a small handful of shredded cheese to the mashed potatoes. Then chill the potatoes for 1 hour in the fridge. May substitute cooked, fresh potatoes.

While the potatoes are chilling cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat then place on a plate with paper towels to absorb the extra grease, then chop into bits.

Brown the ground pork over medium heat and season the pork with hamburger seasoning. Once browned, drain the grease and put pork into a medium-sized bowl. Add the bacon bits and toss pork and bacon to mix well. Cover bowl with foil to keep warm and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 eggs. In another small bowl, combine the flour with some hamburger seasoning and mix well.

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When ready to make your potato balls, toss in the shredded cheese with the pork mixture.

Pull out the chilled potatoes and form palm-sized patties. Spoon in a pile of pork and cheese mixture. Fold the edges over the filling to form a ball.

Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat and pour in vegetable oil so that there is about 2 inches of oil in the pan.

Dip the ball in the egg wash until completely covered, then roll in the seasoned flour.

Place balls in the pan and cook until the outsides are golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove balls from oil and serve immediately. Makes about one dozen large Bacon Stuffed Potato Balls.

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The Top 10 Bacon Photos of 2012

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The title says it all.

You guys clicked away and these photos were the most “liked” of 2012. You guys just kept liking and liking. And you know what? You’re awesome for it! What other blog site can boast that we engage with our readers? (Probably quite a few.) But none as cool as ours! C’mon, it’s BACON!

Ready for the greatness according to you? Here we go!

1. Not surprisingly, this giant pile of bacon.

Giant Pile of Bacon

2. This cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalapeno. Guess people like it cheesy and spicy!

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3. This Some e-card that YES, Bacon Today created. (Well, let’s give the author [ME] some credit. Yep, I made this baby. And I’m proud.)

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4. A bunch of bacon frying in a pan. Simple yet beautiful.

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5. This big bacon cheeseburger. Wow, you guys really like cheese!

Big Bacon Cheeseburger

6. Again with the cheese! A cheesy bacon wrapped avocado.

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7. People would rather vote for bacon!

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8. A wise observation.

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9. This awesome Bacon-Cabin-Gingerbread-Meat-House… thing!

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10. And more true words of wisdom.

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There you have it readers and fans! Your favorites! And for those of you that didn’t know we had a Facebook page… for shame! Go and “Like” it now!