Our Pat's are in the SuperBowl this weekend, so we need some yummy treats to sustain us through all of our shouting at the T.V. screen! Enter one of my guilty pleasures when working from home...having The Martha Stewart Show on in the background. I was lucky enough to have it on recently when Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop were on with this recipe for Mini Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. Now to be clear, I LOVE buffalo chicken wings. Love them.
But, I almost never eat them since they're not exactly healthy...which is why I love these, now I can get that buffalo chicken wing experience I love more often! They're certainly a healthier take on buffalo chicken wings but still just as delicious and easier to eat. Don't get me wrong...they still have butter in the sauce and you want a good blue cheese dressing to dip them in but it's certainly an improvement! And most importantly, boy are they tasty! These will likely be my go to spicy buffalo dish for a while, which makes Christian happy since he loves them as well!
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup Frank's RedHot hot sauce, plus more for serving
2 pounds ground chicken, preferably thigh meat (I've also used ground turkey as a substitute)
2 large eggs
2 ribs celery, minced (about 1 cup)
1 2/3 cups dried breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons coarse salt
Blue Cheese Dressing (feel free to use a jarred Blue Cheese instead of making it, that's what I do)
Celery sticks, for serving
So when my Pats are in the Superbowl on February 5th, these will certainly be on the table. Likely along with the "Superbowl Guacamole" that I made last year (although I'll try to make it prettier for the Pats!), chips, maybe some slow-cooker short ribs and a veggie platter. Keeping it simple...because I'm a New Englander...which means I actually wants to drink some beer and watch the football game when my Pats are playing!