I worked in Pizza Hut long before wings were on any pizza parlor’s radar, but whoever invented not only Buffalo Wings but that they should be served with pizza deserves a medal or a parade. I mean, as long as I am getting all messy digging into pizza, I may as well add a few napkins to the party and eat some wings. I like my wings with celery to put out the fire and blue cheese dressing for some tang. My kids like ranch dressing. Sillies. What do they know?
This recipe was pretty simple to create since Buffalo Wings have one major flavor- Buffalo Wing Sauce. I tossed in Blue Cheese crumbles for some tang and chopped celery for crunch. Funny thing was, after I made them my friend Sheila reminded me that she had made them too and the recipe was on her blog, Alice and the Mock Turtle. Wish I had remembered that, I would have been able to go to bed much earlier. So now you get two versions! Go see her Buffalo Turkey Meatballs– she mixes the Buffalo Wing Sauce with butter. Swoon.
Buffalo Wing Meatballs
1 pound ground chicken
1/2 pound 80/20 ground beef- ground chicken needs a little fat (and flavor)
3 slices fresh bread, crumbled
3/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce, I used Texas Pete’s
3/4 cup celery, finely diced
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well. Form into 1 inch balls (these are a bit gooey) and bake in 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Makes about 30 meatballs. Remove from oven and brush with more sauce. Place three on a wooden skewer and freeze on a tray. Once frozen, wrap in waxed paper and store in zip topped bags with small cups of Buffalo Wing Sauce and ranch or blue cheese dressing. Pack 1-2 skewers and sauce containers in each lunchbox along with some fresh fruit and veggies and maybe a homemade cookie too. I tell my kids to reheat for about 30 seconds in the microwave since they are defrosted by lunchtime.
Yesturday’s Post- Pizza and Wings Part I: Pizza Meatballs
What other favorite foods would you like to see in meatball form?