3/10/2014 12:37:00 PM
So HERE is something weird…you cannot find ground chicken anywhere. AND you cannot give the butcher at your store (or at least not at the store I went to) boneless, skinless chicken thighs and have them ground them! It’s against the rules!
Here’s why I bring this up. The recipe for Guy Fieri’s Buffalo Balls calls for Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs ground up to “chili grind.” I do not have a meat grinder, and I don’t really have plans to get one right now. So – I set off looking for how I could accomplish this – and had to settle on Ground Beef (it was chuck steak or something)
The main goal of this recipe is to make meatballs that kinda taste like buffalo wings and cover them in buffalo sauce. The meatballs are stuffed with blue cheese – which is a big plus.
So – this whole thing wasn’t actually too bad with the ground beef – but I think the taste could have been better accomplished with ground turkey. I wish I had bought that – but I was so obsessed with getting the meat done at a “chili grind” that I wasn’t thinking that it wasn’t the grind that would be the issue…but the meat.
In any case – this is a very good recipe to have on a buffet table to impress guests. Be sure you have toothpicks and napkins handy! I actually made it for dinner with a salad – that works too – but it is intended to be an appetizer. AND I froze the uncooked leftovers for another time.
My picture actually shows the meatballs without the sauce on them - the sauce was in the bowl behind...and my mouth is watering thinking about it!
Here's the recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/buffalo-balls-recipe.html