Sunday, February 6, 2011
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY - Blue Cheese Chicken Meatballs with Buffalo Dipping Sauce
If there is one thing I love, above all other foods, it has to be some good, ol' BAR FOOD! Who doesn't enjoy some wings or pigs in a blanket? Don't even get me started on nachos - That is probably the first thing I learned how to make.
I love wings.
I got the idea for this recipe about a week ago and started to do research on "chicken meatballs." I saw some recipes that helped with the general idea. Anyway - I thought it would be amazing to take a dish like "buffalo wings with blue cheese dip" and transform it into a meatball appetizer!
Here's the list of ingredients I used:
1 lbs. Ground Chicken
3/4 cup Breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Celery (Leaves too)
1/4 cup Parsley Leaves
1/2 tbsp Celery Salt
1/4 tbsp Ground Pepper
1/2 tbsp Paprika
2/3 cup Crumbles Blue Cheese
Grape Seed Oil Spray
Preheat oven to 450
There's the 1 pound of ground chicken.
These are the celery leaves you want to chop up. (When you buy a stalk of celery - these are in the center of the stalk - great to use in soup too!) If you don't have enough leaves, finely chop the base parts too.
Throw everything in a bowl and mix it up... I started with that plastic spoon - and moved quickly to using my hands. It's just easier that way - and fun to get MESSY.
Once everything but the blue cheese is mixed together - add the blue cheese and mix it up some more.
On a baking sheet - spray a cooling rack with the grape seed oil. That way the meatballs will come off easily once cooked. Also spray the tops of each meatball with a tiny amount of oil.
The easiest buffalo sauce is: 1/3 cup Franks Red Hot + 3 tbsp Butter (melt it together). Amazing wing sauce and super easy.
Awwwww look! Taz is gearing up for the big game with a pre-dinner NAP (and leaving Daddy alone in the kitchen to cook).
Here is where you can add some of the celery sticks to the plate too! The sauce is probably "medium" - but if you want "HOT" use less butter and more Franks.
For this being the first time making these... they came out pretty damn good!
Happy Super Bowl Sunday!