New Year’s Eve ball < Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
New Year’s Eve has come and gone and as we look forward to the beginning of a new year, I can’t help but look back at this recipe.
What’s New Year’s Eve without a party? This year I wanted to bring an appetizer that first and foremost was quick and easy to make, made a big batch and was a crowd pleaser.
As I was racking my brain for ideas, I remembered an appetizer that I had tried at a Christmas party this year. So, I decided to tweak and recreate this recipe from Shrinking Kitchen.
With that being said, I present to you Buffalo Turkey Meatballs that both met and exceeded all three of these characteristics.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 egg
- At least 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 carrot
- 1 celery stalk
- 1/2 small yellow onion
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ounce crumbled blue cheese
- ½ cup hot sauce of your choosing, divided
- 1 tablespoon butter
How to make it
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Line a cookie sheet with foil and coat evenly with nonstick spray.
- Chop the celery, carrot and the yellow onion into chunks and toss it into the food processor.
- Pulse all three into small bits.
- In a bowl, combine the vegetable mixture, ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt and half of the hot sauce and the blue cheese.
- Gently mix together the ingredients. Be sure not to overmix!
- While mixing, if the mixture is too liquid-y, gradually add more breadcrumbs to absorb the moisture.
- Form the mixture into small, bite-sized meatballs – you should get at least 25 meatballs.
- Place the meatballs on your greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- While the meatballs are in the oven, use the other half of the hot sauce and mix with the tablespoon of butter. Heat both in a microwave safe dish for 30 seconds or until the butter melts.
- Stir well to evenly mix.
- Remove the meatballs from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Place the meatballs onto the serving dish of your choice and drizzle with your hot sauce mixture.
Of course, pictures speak a thousand words, here are some snapshot I took along the way:
Last but certainly not least, enjoy! Like I said, who cares about the New Year’s Eve ball when you can have Buffalo Turkey Meatballs?
Here’s to 2016!