Meatballs for your hunting dogs

I don’t recall if it was Bill Tarrant or Delmar Smith who came up with the idea, but for the past few years we’ve made the honey-filled snacks to take out in the field with me.
This is the Parmesan version – we replaced bread crumbs with grated Parmesan cheese for the binder. The following recipe makes approximately 20 golf ball-size meatballs.

A batch of meatballs ready for baking

2 lbs hamburger
approximately 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
Mix the ingredients and then form the meatballs. We bake the meatballs on a cookie tray.

Parmesan meatballs hot out of the oven

Bake at 375 (f) for about 30 minutes, using a meat thermometer to test doneness.

00 gel capsules to be filled with honey

Using a medical dropper to fill the capsules

Using 00 size gel capsules, fill the capsule with honey using a syringe (eye dropper or medical dropper), poke a hole in the meatball, then insert the honey-filled capsule. Warm honey works better.

inserting a honey-filled capsule into a meatball

We make up a batch of the meatballs, package and freeze them, then I take one meatball per dog on our bird hunts. My hunts are often hunt from 4-6 hours in the field and usually in harsh terrain, so the guys love these little pick-me-ups.

A batch of meatballs ready for the freezer

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