Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Meat Balls with Blue Cheese Sauce

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...If your place is the spot folks gather to watch games or celebrate the holidays, I think you might want to have this recipe in your hopper. Those of you who enjoy Buffalo wings will quickly become fans of these easy to make meat balls that come from The Meatball Shop Cookbook. This is a really simple recipe and there is little that could be added to improve it. I do, however, have a caution to share with those of you who will plan to make these gems for the first time. The amount and type of hot sauce you use to make these is really important. If at all possible, use the Frank's Red Hot Sauce that is called for in this recipe. It adds flavor as well as heat. If you have to use a vinegar based hot sauce, watch the amount of it you use. I've made these meat balls using other sauces and found myself breathing fire. I don't mind heat, but I bristle when it kills my taste buds and the vinegar based sauces will do just that. I do hope you will try these. They are very very nice and I think you will enjoy them. Here's the recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Meat Balls with Blue Cheese Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite from the book, THE MEATBALL SHOP COOKBOOK by Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow

Meat Balls
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce or any other favorite hot sauce
1 pound ground chicken, preferably thigh meat
1 large egg
1/2 celery stalk, minced
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream
1/3 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
1/3 cup whole milk
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Drizzle vegetable oil into a 9 × 13-inch baking dish and use your hand to evenly coat bottom and sides of pan. Set aside.
2) Combine butter and hot sauce in a small saucepan, and cook over low heat, whisking until butter is melted and fully incorporated. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes.
3) Combine hot sauce mixture, ground chicken, egg, celery, bread crumbs, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated.
4) Roll mixture into round, 3/4-inch balls, making sure to pack meat firmly. Place balls in prepared baking dish, being careful to line them up snugly and in even rows vertically and horizontally to form a grid. The meatballs should be touching one another.
5) Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until meatballs are firm and cooked through. A meat thermometer inserted into center of a meatball should read 165 degrees F.
6) Allow meatballs to cool for 5 minutes in baking dish before serving.
7) Place sour cream, blue cheese, milk, mayonnaise, salt, and vinegar in a medium bowl and whisk thoroughly until completely combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if desired. Yield: 40 3/4-inch meatballs.

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Ana Regalado said...

Mary , these look very appetizing ! Great as an appetizer ! That blue cheese dressing sounds scrumptious as well ! :D

Alicia Foodycat said...

Oh wow - I love buffalo wings but this take on them looks SO much easier to eat!

Lenia said...

A delicious appetizer!I love this sauce!Have a lovely day,dear Mary!

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Priya Suresh said...

Feel like grabbing some balls and having rite now.

Lynn said...

Love wings, this sounds so good and not so messy! Sounds like a fun cookbook too:@)

Kim said...

I love it and I thin my man will do too!

David said...

Mary, These meatballs sound terrific...a nice change from the ordinary! Thanks for the recipe. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Big Dude said...

Sounds like a must try Mary and your hot sauce caution matches up with the recent taste comparison done by Cook's Illustrated.

Unknown said...

Buffalo wings in an even easier to eat way.. no bone mess? Sign me up!!

Martha said...

sounds delicious! My hot sauce preferance is also Frank's. Hard to beat. Have a wonderful day!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

These would make the perfect appetizer. How do you come up with so many wonderful recipes day after day Mary!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Mary, I know these would be popular with our friends. During the summer we have lots of visitors to our lake house in Maine. I could make these ahead of time and keep them in the freezer for when friends are visiting.

Jane said...

Yum, I do love meatballs, and buffalo meatballs sound wonderful!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

Yes this is a "must save" for future parties :) Nice one! You are a blogging rock star!!!

Suzie said...

Just printed this off. They sound awesome!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I think anything that comes with Blue Cheese sauce is a winner!

Anna C said...

My Gosh! You had me at the mention of blue cheese and buffalo wings...a marriage made in heaven. I really must try your chicken meat ball appetizers.

A Sunflower Life said...

Mary, what a great idea. I make hot wings all of the time, but I've never considered something like this. I'll be printing this recipe to add to my test recipe file. And thanks for the tip about the hot sauce. I've had the same issue with different brands when I make the sauce for my wings.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Phil would love this, he adores buffalo wings. And this looks like the same taste without all the mess! He also loves hot sauce, particularly Texas Pete.

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, These Buffalo Chicken meatballs are something I would love. I adore blue cheese and love the spicy chicken meatballs.
Hope all is well dear friend. Blessings, Catherine xo

JasmyneTea said...

These look sooooo good, I'll definitely be trying these next time I have a party! said...

Another great idea...Brava!

Sprigs of Rosemary said...

Filed away! Actually, I'd like to make these now, pop 'em in the freezer and be ready for any occasion. Great idea. Frank's is a must.

Chris said...

Made the meatballs 3 times now, they are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Suzannah said...

These are so amazing! I have never made something so easy and had it be such a hit! These are definitely in my repeat book!

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