Mini bacon Cheese Burgers (meatballs)

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This started out by combining my 4 favourite foods Smoked bacon, meatballs, mozzarella and fresh bread.

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To start I followed the instructions on the Hovis bread mix until the bread has risen.

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Then after separating the bread into 12 pieces to make 12 mini bread rolls flatten the 12 meatballs and put them into the oven with the breadrolls for about 20 mins until cooked. Then just before the meatballs come out lightly cook the bacon

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Then once the bread has cooked put a piece of bacon (bacon rounds here) then 2 meatballs (as they shrink in the oven) and some cheese on each roll. If you want to make 12 burgers you will need 24 meatballs, but I found it nice to have 6 fresh rolls filled with melted mozzarella. Once the burgers have been prepared I put them back in the oven for 5 mins until the cheese has melted, then enjoy.

 

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Then after

Leftover chicken and cheese toasties

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These were made from the leftover chicken from the cheating Christmas dinner (or the chicken pies) they were made very easy by breaking down the leftover chicken into small bits and adding a medium covering of grated cheese (I prefer mozzarella but any cheese that melts easily can be used)

Then I use a small George foreman grill but any form of toastie maker can be used for this, you could add some butter to the outside and use a frying pan to toast the outside of the bread and melt the cheese that way but each gives a tasty lunchtime meal or small dinner that can be enjoyed as they are or as a main piece with chips (French/home fries)

Meatball Subs

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For the meatball subs I started off with a fresh baguette (2ft or large baguette) 700g of sausage meat, some tomato puree, mozzarella, a fresh chilli and a simple tomato pasta sauce (only half was used)

And a preheated oven at 180 Celcius (or 350 farenheight)

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To start using a pair of desert spoons I separated the sausage meat into equal balls (also using a little flour on my hands to help shape the balls – the flour is to stop the meat sticking to your hands) and placing them into the oven for around 15 mins on the middle shelf.

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Next is the sauce this is around half a jar of a simple tomato based pasta sauce (any can be used including ones with garlic or chilli in to give added flavors) and a whole tube of tomato puree with the optional extra of a fresh chilli to give a kick of flavor. You heat this slowly and evenly on a low heat for the last 5-10 mins of the cooking of the meatballs so you do not burn the sauce.

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once the meatballs are a golden colour and cooked all the way through (you can check this by cutting one in half and making sure that it is not pink inside then it you are ready for making the subs.

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I cut the baguette into 4 equal pieces and put 3 meatballs into each piece as I made large meatballs, if you made small meatballs then more may be needed to fill the sub fully.

once the meatballs are in pour some of the sauce over them but not too much so the bread dosent get to soggy. Also to add to the flavor I added mozzarella, then put the subs back into the oven until the cheese has melted then enjoy.

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Bacon Bread

This was done with very little ingredients and it is easy and fast to make. I ate it warm shortly after it came out of the oven with some fried eggs in it but the rolls (or loaf) could be  left to cool for eating later or rewarming then eating.

To start with I had a white bread mix, 1 pack of bacon and some warm water (also a large bowl a spatula and an amount of plain flour for the work surface and to counter the grease from the bacon when its added)

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The first thing I did was remove the fat from the bacon so in the bread it isn’t chewy and gristly in an unpleasant way.

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Next I cut up the bacon into 1-2cm squares (roughly 1/2 to 1 inch) and lightly fry it up so its soft and not crispy

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Then once the bacon is cooked follow the step by step on the bread mix until you get a dough and add the bacon a quarter at a time adding a small amount of flour each time while kneading in the bacon to mix it all through the dough as evenly as possible

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Once at this stage turn the oven on to about 180 celcius (or 350 farenhieght) then on the top of the oven on some foil or roasting wrap split the dough into 6 equal balls and cover with some more foil for about half and hour until the dough has risen to about double the size

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after rising

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Then bake for about 15mins or until golden brown and sound hollow when tapped

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Then separate and fill with fried eggs, bacon or other sandwich fillings

Other types of bread you can make could include cheese (use grated), chilli peppers, herbs (like parsley or basil) or Chilli flakes.