I got a little behind in posting some of my Super Bowl appetizers for you guys with my site going down this past week. Yep, it was down three, agonizing days, but I’m back and here is one I wanted to get out before the big game day – My Crunchy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Bleu Cheese Drizzle and Hot Sauce! What’s really cool about this recipe is they come together, start to finish in 25 minutes.
I’ve made several ground turkey and chicken meatball recipes here, like my Roasted Garlic Turkey Meatballs and Lemon Cilantro Chicken Meatballs, or these Chicken Parm Meatballs with Pine Nuts, but for an appetizer I wanted something reminiscent of hot chicken wings, a crunchy exterior, but with out the frying, skin and bones.
Ground chicken to the rescue and I took these guys right into the oven to bake after rolling them around in some Panko breadcrumbs to give them that exterior crunch.
Who doesn’t love hot wings? Chicken wings are the best, but these days I’m trying my best to eat as clean as I can and pick and choose when I go all out. For these I felt I could bake them instead of deep frying, and to drizzle some bleu cheese salad dressing and hot wing sauce over the top of these bad boys. Super tender on the insides and crunchy on the outside. The kicker for me is using the usual side of celery as a skewer for easy hand munching and topping it all with chopped celery leaves. Highly underused, but full of flavor. I love adding them in salads, too.
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January 30th, 2015
I got a little behind in posting some of my Super Bowl appetizers for you guys with my site going down this past week. Yep, it was down three, agonizing days, but I'm back and here is one I wanted to get out before the big game day - My Crunchy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Bleu Cheese Drizzle and Hot Sauce! What's rea... Read More
January 30th, 2015
A perfect dish to serve up on the big Super Bowl Sunday game day this weekend. Imagine the aroma wafting in from the grill or kitchen oven as the game is playing. What a show stopper for everyone at half time to grab a pile or two up pulled pork and make sandwiches, right? This is one of those simple yet amazing, dow... Read More
January 28th, 2015
All right, after 3 days of my site being down due to high traffic and lack of bandwidth, I am happy to be up again and on a new server. It was a luxury problem, but a problem nonetheless. I was heartbroken not to be up and am so grateful things have been resolved. So, let's get back to it shall we? Winter is here and... Read More
January 26th, 2015
I recently made a large batch of these wonderfully tart and tangy cinnamon apricots that are glazed in an orange juice reduction. They are so good to have in the refrigerator for a quick sweet nibble and because apricots are high in fiber they have to be good for you too, right? Anyways it got me thinking of maybe doing... Read More
January 23rd, 2015
There is nothing quite like a slow roasted or simmered short rib. Years ago I just didn't see what all the fuss was about until I had them at a restaurant here in San Diego, California. The restaurant is now defunct, but the memory was lasting. It was fork tender, unctuous, savory beyond belief and melted on my tongu... Read More
January 21st, 2015
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January 19th, 2015
If you're looking for a quick and easy lunch or dinner, this is your ticket and boy does it come with flavor and texture! Great for the family, kids' lunch or afternoon snacks, these Chipotle Cheeseburger Flatbread Melts hit the mark. And don't let the chipotle scare you, feel free to use any chili powder or none at all... Read More
January 16th, 2015
The other day I was in the mood to slow cook a pork shoulder and as I sat in my office I decided a sweet and spicy version on Cochinita Pibil would do the trick. I had just picked up some fantastic Turkish dried apricots and thought with some chipotle peppers they would make for a wonderful base to cook and simmer with ... Read More
January 14th, 2015
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January 12th, 2015
Over the holidays I definitely got the baking bug. Big time. One thing I picked up over the years is that baking is a little less forgiving than cooking when it comes measuring ingredients. So I went and took the plunge and purchased a scale to weight dry ingredients that was on sale. Always love a good sale. A litt... Read More