Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo-Style Meatballs- A great Alternative to Wings!
I know, we all love our buffalo chicken wings, but if you just aren’t in the mood for wings, give these blue cheese buffalo-style meatballs a try! Many of you may have already had buffalo style meatballs before, but I thought this would be a clever way to change it up, plus, anything stuffed with cheese is all the more delicious. Consider even stuffing them with cheddar, jack, or your favorite cheese. These are great for a keto-friendly meal, or even as an appetizer. As a a fan of blue cheese, I recommend serving them with some veggies and my blue cheese dip.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 oz cream cheese
- 1 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tbsp crumbled blue cheese
- 1/4 C franks hot sauce
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: Red Pepper Flakes
First, preheat the oven to 350F.
Then, in a small mixing bowl mix cream cheese and mozzarella with blue cheese crumbles. On a medium sized baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat roll small balls of the cheese mixture, about 1 tsp in size. Once they are rolled out place in freezer to solidify for about 15-20 mins.
Next, mix ground beef, spices, and the optional red pepper flakes into a medium-sized mixing bowl. In other versions of this recipe I have also used Flavor God’s “spicy everything seasoning” which really gives it a nice flavor, but I am too cheap to ever buy those again, so we’ll make due. In all honesty, I tend to go to town on spices, so you can also add some garlic powder, italian seasoning (I add that shit to everything!) and even some dehydrated onions. At the very least, I recommend adding some red pepper flakes to the mixture as well for additional flavor.
Afterwards, stuff the meatballs. What is the easiest way to get the cheese in the meatballs? Take desired portion of meat and gently flatten it out, then add the frozen piece of cheese on the meat, and tightly roll the meatball to secure the cheese inside. Another method is to pre-roll the meatballs, and create a divot with your thumb, add the cheese and re-roll: Ultimately, do whatever works best for you.
Afterward, place meatballs on baking sheet and cook for about 20-30 minutes on 350F.
Finally, place the butter in a small bowl and microwave until liquified. Add the franks hot sauce, vinegar and mix well. Again, if you love heat I would consider adding a bit of cayenne pepper to this mixture for extra flavor. Place on top of meatballs after they’re cooking and enjoy!
NOTE: Depending on if you’re going to eat it alone or with a side dish I feel that the portion size will vary. So for math’s sake I said it serves 4, but you can double up the nutrition info if needed.