New Year, New Recipe

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:

Ingredients –

  • 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:

Ingredients on deck. (Missing from photo: egg, garlic powder and salt).
Ingredients on deck. (Missing from photo: egg, garlic powder and salt).
Buffalo Turkey Meatball ingredients ready to be hand mixed.
Buffalo Turkey Meatball ingredients ready to be hand mixed.
“They see me rollin’….”
A healthy version of a classic dip! Sprinkle some extra blue cheese on top and serve with carrots, celery and ranch dip on the side!

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!


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