I’m the kind of person that can eat the same thing over and over again without really getting tired of it but, every now and again, I do need to mix things up. Yesterday was one of those days. I had my usual ground turkey in the refrigerator and I was like “Um, what do I have in my kitchen that is awesome?” Answer: Buffalo sauce. Long story short, I came up with a quick and easy recipe for Buffalo Turkey “Meatballs” that will forever make it’s way into my food prep. I say “meatballs” because I didn’t actually roll them into balls, I baked the meat in mini-muffin tins which, technically, makes them Buffalo turkey meat cups…but meat cups sounds nasty so, “meatballs” it is.
Easy Buffalo Turkey “Meatballs”
Yield: 16 meatballs
Total time: 35 minutes
1 lb 93/7 ground turkey
1/4+ cup finely chopped bell pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp celery seeds ( I was planning on using regular chopped celery but didn’t have any and celery seeds sounded so fancy so…you can just sub 1/8-1/4 cup chopped celery)
3 TBSP buffalo sauce or hot sauce (I used Wing-Time Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce , pretty spicy so go with mild if you think you need to)
1. Preheat oven to 375º F and spray 2 mini-muffin trays with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, fold together all of the ingredients with your hands. Yep, suck it up, your hands will be nasty.
3. Using a tablespoon, scoop out 1 oz portions of the buffalo turkey meat, roll into a ball (don’t focus on the perfect sphere, y’all, it’s fine), and place in the mini muffin tins. Lightly press down on the top of the meat so that it’s packed into the tin.
4. Bake the turkey “meatballs” for 20-25 minutes until they have lightly browned on top and are fully cooked. There will be fat/moisture that bakes off of the meatballs and sits around them, this is normal. Once fully cooked, remove the meatballs from the tins and place them on a plate to cool. Don’t you overcook these meatballs, don’t do it! If you think they need more time after 25 minutes, take one out and cut it in half and see if it’s fully cooked, OR check the internal temperature and see that it is at 165ºF.
These spicy delights are delicious by themselves but would also be good with a healthified version of ranch dressing. Enjoy!