Thursday, January 31, 2013

Buffalo Beer Chicken Meatballs

Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! A nice spin off buffalo chicken wings. Everyone will love these hot little bites.Use a full bodied beer like an IPA for this recipe. Pair with the same beer. Heat and hops go great together.



Ingredients:
1lb ground chicken
1/4 of red onion, small dice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg white
1/4 panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp IPA (I used Great Divide Brewing "Titan" IPA)
1 tsp dried parsely
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
4-6 oz sharp cheddar, cut into 1/2in cubes (blue cheese would be a good idea as well)
4 tbsp butter
3/4 cup buffalo wing sauce (I used Franks)

Yield: 16 meatballs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a rack with cooking spray and set on a baking sheet and set aside.

Mix onion, garlic, egg white, panko, parm, 2 tbsp of beer, and next 6 ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Add chicken into bowl and gently mix by hand, but not too much, or the meatballs will be tough.

Divide into 16 pieces. Place a cub of the sharp cheddar in each piece and roll into balls around the cheese. Place meatballs onto rack and put in oven. Bake for 20-25min.

While meatballs are cooking add butter to a pan over medium heat and melt. Then add beer. Let mingle and reduce a bit for a few minutes, then add the hot sauce. Once meatballs are done, add meatballs into the the pan. Spoon and baste sauce over the meatballs. Add toothpicks and serve in the pan or on a plate.

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