Buffalo Chicken Balls

March Madness is screaming for its own version of tailgate food.  What a better answer then some balls!  Let’s face it; wings go with sports, all sports, they’re almost a food group.  It’s a rite of passage, watch a game and eat wings (and of course drink beer).  As with all superior food groups, chefs strive for reinterpretations and tributes to the pedestaled dish.

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These are surely a way to a man’s heart, and completely loved by the fussy woman that dislikes gnawing on bones.  I do have a few girl friends that hate wings because of the tiny veins found in bones and detest the dirty finger result of eating wings.  My answer- Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 ½ teaspoon buffalo wing seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles

 Seasoned Flour

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon buffalo wing seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  •  ¼ cup favorite buffalo sauce

*Beer

Directions

Open a beer.

Combine ground chicken, seasoning, salt, egg and breadcrumbs thoroughly.  Place the mixture in the freezer for a few minutes so the mix becomes easier to work with.  Use a small scoop to make between 14- 16 balls, the size of a ping pong ball and place on a cookie sheet.  With the back of the scoop or a tip of a spoon form a well in each ball.   Fill the wells with roughly a ¼ teaspoon of blue cheese.  Drink your beer. Gently reform the chicken into a rounded sphere, focusing on keeping the blue cheese in the center.   Return the balls to the freezer for about 15 minutes to set the shape.

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Preheat the oven to 350.  Combine the seasoned flour ingredients in a small bowl and place a sauté pan on the stove over medium high heat.  If you have an Aebleskiver pan use this- I love using mine for meatballs as it gives a beautiful sear all around the meatball. Take a sip of beer.  Add a tablespoon of oil to the sauté pan, or a few drops of oil to the Aebleskiver wells, while oil heats roll the meatballs in the seasoned flour coating them completely.  Place the balls in a hot pan and sear the meatballs evenly until the outside is well browned.

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Swig your beer.  In another small bowl put 2 tablespoons of buffalo sauce.  Remove the meatballs from the sauté pan and place into the buffalo sauce, rolling them around to coat evenly.  Place the balls on a baking sheet and pop into the oven for 10-12 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.  Remove from oven and serve.   This makes enough for 2-5 friends, depending upon the size of the appetite and the other dishes on the table!

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Serve with blue cheese dressing, ranch, celery, carrots or whatever you love with wings (beer).

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March Madness, Buffalo Chicken Balls, Clean Fingers, Happy Wife and Beer- Husbands delight!!

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Happy St. Patricks Day, and Happy Selection Sunday- GO ACC & SEC!!!!!!

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Buffalo and Blue Flat Breads- Game Day Fever!

Buffalo and Blue Flat Breads!

Sir Wes has huge affinity for wings…he loves them and would like to eat them every day if he could, especially during football season.  It’s not just NFL Days either, he is a HUGE Alabama fan too, so his appetite for wings is frequent….and it is our waistlines that pay the price.  To protect our waistlines I try to answer his thirst for wings in a healthier manner- as long as the flavors are there, he is satisfied.

Sir Wes and Sir Duke- Even Duke has Bama Fever, see his collar!

These flat breads are quick and easy, some days I make my own pizza dough, but I like the ease and low calories of “Flatouts”, most grocery’s have them close to the deli counter.  I grilled the chicken the night before while I was using the grill so it was even easier, just putting them together took me about 10 minute.  These can also be assembled at your tail gate parties and cooked on the grill, a great alternative to burgers and brats!

Mis en place, simple and easy!

Ingredients

  • 3- Flatouts
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2- 5oz chicken breasts, cooked and sliced
  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 3 tbsp blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 tbsp sliced green onions

Flat breads are ready for the oven!

Preheat the oven to 375.  Spread a teaspoon of olive oil on each flat bread and sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.  Gently spread 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese over each flat bread. In a bowl toss the slice chicken with the buffalo sauce and spread evenly over the flat breads.  Spread the blue cheese and green onions over the flat breads.  If you have a pizza stone, bake directly on them, other wise place flat breads on a cookie sheet and place in oven for about 10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cut, serve and enjoy!

Buffalo and Blue Flat Breads!!

Satisfying to the wing cravings and keeping your waistline in check!