Barbecue Chicken Meatball Sliders

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion (we used yellow onion)
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • ¼ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons koser salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • Slider buns (we used Pepperidge Farm Golden Potato Slider Buns), pickles (we used dill pickle slices), and White Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows), to serve

Directions

  1. Take a small skillet out and pour 1 tablespoon of the oil into it, placing the skillet over medium heat. Once the oil’s hot, toss in the onion, cooking it for 6 minutes or until it’s softened. Transfer the softened onions to a large mixing bowl, letting them cool before adding the following ingredients to the bowl as well: chicken, bread crumbs, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir well to combine, putting a lid on the bowl afterwards and placing it in the fridge for one hour. Take the  bowl out of the fridge and roll the chicken mixture into 32 balls (about 4 teaspoons of the mixture per meatball).
  2. Preheat your  oven to 350 degrees. Take a rimmed baking sheet out and spray it with cooking spray (we lined our baking sheet with aluminum foil and then sprayed the foil with cooking spray).
  3. Take a large skillet out and pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into it, placing the skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil’s hot, add a portion of the meatballs in, gently turning them now and then for 3 minutes or until they get browned all over (we had to turn them frequently so they wouldn’t get burnt). Transfer the browned meatballs to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining meatballs, adding in the last tablespoon of oil if necessary.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are fully cooked. Serve the meatballs on the buns, topping the meatballs with the pickles and White Barbecue Sauce.

White Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl, stirring until combined and smooth. You can serve this right away or cover and stick it in the fridge for up to a week.

We love Alabama barbecue so when we saw a meatball slider version, we had to try it out ! You get a little bit of smokiness in the meatballs and while the meatballs taste good on their own, these sliders taste fantastic once the White Barbecue Sauce is added on. The sauce was creamy and tangy and paired wonderfully with the meatball. The pickle slices only add more flavor as well as some crunchiness to the dish that’d be missing otherwise. Hope you enjoy these as much as we did !

We got this recipe from Taste Of The South.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Pepperidge Farm or Taste Of The South.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns (we used tellicherry black peppercorns)
  • 2 lb. ground chicken
  • ½ cup firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ small sweet onion, grated
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (5-oz.) bottle Buffalo-style hot sauce (we used Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce)
  • 32 small rolls or buns, split (we used slider buns)
  • Blue Cheese Sauce
    • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
    • ½ cup heavy cream
    • ¼ cup sour cream
    • ½ shallot, minced
    • ½ tsp. firmly packed lemon zest
    • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish topping mixture
    • Thinly sliced celery
    • Fresh parsley leaves
    • Splash of Champagne vinegar
    • Drizzle of olive oil (we used extra-virgin olive oil)
    • Table salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Make the blue cheese sauce by adding the following ingredients to a food processor or blender*: blue cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, shallot, lemon zest and lemon juice. Process the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. For the garnish mixture, take a small mixing bowl and add the celery, parsley, vinegar and oil to it, tossing to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the first 3 ingredients to a mortar bowl or spice grinder, grinding them into a fine powder using either the pestle (if you’re using a mortar) or the grinder. Add the following ingredients into a large mixing bowl: ground chicken, chopped parsley, Parmesan, grated onion, eggs, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and the crushed spices. Use your hands to combine the ingredients just until it’s blended and smooth (they suggest this will take 2 minutes). Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Take a jelly-roll pan and line it with aluminum foil, spraying the foil lightly with nonstick cooking spray afterwards. Drop the chicken mixture down by the rounded spoonfuls using a medium-size cookie scoop (about 1 ½-inches) onto the lined pan, keeping the meatballs 1 ½-inches apart.
  4. Stick the meatballs in the oven to cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the meatballs are fully cooked. In a large bowl, toss the meatballs with the hot sauce. Place them on the split buns, topping them with the blue cheese sauce and the garnish.

*We decided to just combine the mixture in a bowl instead of making it smooth.

We think this was a delicious slider ! For ourselves, we didn’t think the topping tasted bad but it didn’t make the slider taste better, it did add a nice crunch that was missing otherwise. Your taste buds may be different from ours though so it’s worth trying out yourself. This is another way to use the classic combination of chicken, buffalo sauce and blue cheese. It’s classic for a reason, this was a damn delicious slider that ‘s great to have for a game day snack or anytime really ! These are kind of addictive, so depending on how many people you plan on serving, you may want to double the recipe !

We got this recipe from Southern Living.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Frank’s or Southern Living.

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Grilled Pork Meatball Kebabs

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 4 Tbsp. gochujang sauce (such as Bibigo Gochujang Hot & Sweet Sauce), divided (we used Annie Chun’s gochujang sauce)
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • ½ cup panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)
  • 6 scallions, cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce (we used reduced-sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 8 Little Gem lettuce leaves or romaine lettuce heart leaves (we used romaine lettuce heart leaves)
  • ¼ cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Directions

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high (between 400 to 450 degrees) or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and lightly grease it. In a large mixing bowl, stir the egg, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of the gochujang sauce together. Add the pork and panko into the bowl and gently mix everything using your hands until just combined. Divide the meat mixture into 24 (1 ¼-inch) meatballs (weighing roughly 1 ounce each). Thread the meatballs, alternating with the green onion pieces, onto 8 (8-inch) skewers (we used wooden skewers that we had soaked for at least 30 minutes).
  2. Place the kebabs on the lightly greased grill grate or grill pan (we used a grill and lightly greased the grate with vegetable oil). Grill uncovered for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly charred and fully cooked, turning occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, vinegar, oil, sugar and remaining gochujang together until combined. Lay one skewer on each of the leaves, spooning 2 teaspoons of the sauce over each kebab, followed by sprinkling on the peanuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and the remaining sauce.

You don’t have to but for ourselves, we slid the meatballs and green onions off the skewer and wrapped them in the lettuce leaves before eating.

We got this recipe from Southern Living.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Bibigo, Annie Chun’s, or Southern Living.

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Gingery Meatball Soup with Bok Choy

Ingredients

  • Meatballs
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 Tbsp. water
    • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
    • ½ tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • ¼ cup bread crumbs (we used panko)
    • 1 lb. ground chicken
    • 2 scallions, finely chopped
    • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 red chili (we used a Fresno chile), thinly sliced (we left the seeds and ribs in)
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced (we sliced ours on the bias)
  • 4 heads baby bok choy (about 12 oz.) (we used 12 oz. worth of baby bok choy), trimmed, washed and leaves separated

Directions

  1. Start by making the meatballs:
    1. Preheat the broiler. Take a rimmed baking sheet and line it with nonstick foil (we used aluminum foil and sprayed it with cooking spray).
    2. Take a large mixing bowl out and whisk the egg, water, salt and pepper together. Mix in the garlic and cilantro, followed by the bread crumbs. Let the bread crumb mixture rest for 2 minutes. Add in the chicken and mix everything together.
    3. Shape the chicken mixture into 1 ½-in. balls* (roughly 20 total) and place them on the lined baking sheet. Broil for 6 to 8 minutes or until the meatballs are fully cooked (we cooked ours for 8 minutes, flipping the meatballs over halfway through the cooking time).
  2. Take a large pout out and add the chicken broth, ginger, and red chili to it, turning the heat up high enough for boiling to occur. Add the sliced carrot to the pot, turning the heat down if necessary so that it’s simmering for 1 minute. Add the baby bok choy in, continuing to let it simmer for 2 minutes or until the bok choy just gets tender. Gently stir in the meatballs (so they don’t get broken up) and serve once the meatballs are heated through (only took us a minute or two).

*We filled an 1/8 cup with the meat mixture and got 19 meatballs.

This was a delicious soup. Having the chili boil in the beginning allowed you to get the heat from the pepper even if you didn’t get an actual slice of the pepper. The meatballs on their own are flavorful but with the rest of the soup, it’s a winning combo. The Fresno chili packed a lot more heat than we thought it would, we loved it ! If you don’t like things to be too spicy, then cut out the seeds and ribs before adding it into the broth. Overall, this was a filling dish that was really tasty.

This recipe came from Woman’s Day.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Woman’s Day.

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Whiskey-Mustard Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (80% lean)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and black pepper to taste (we used 1 teaspoon each of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper)
  • ½ cup spicy mustard (we used French’s Spicy Brown)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup whiskey (we used Jack Daniels)
  • 3 cups beef broth (we used Swanson 100% Natural Beef Broth)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the following ingredients: the beef, pork, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper, and ¼ cup of the spicy mustard.
  2. Using your hands like we did (or a large spoon if you don’t want to get your hands dirty), mix the ingredients together until they’re fully combined.
  3. Using a teaspoon measuring spoon, form the meatballs, rolling the meatballs in your hands if you need to. We actually shaped our individual meatballs using a heaping teaspoon (possibly closer to 1 ½ teaspoons) but what truly matters is that your meatballs are all equally sized. Divide the meatballs as equally as you can into 3 batches. Stick the first batch in for 10 minutes so the meatballs have a chance to firm up. The original recipe said you could stick the meatballs in for 10-15 minutes but we tried sticking a batch in for 15 minutes one time and the meatballs came out like meat ice cubes !
  4. Take a large skillet out and pour the oil in, setting the heat to medium-high. Wait for the oil to get hot before adding the first batch of meatballs to the skillet. (Stick the second batch of meatballs in the freezer after you put the first batch in the skillet.) Our oil actually got hot quicker than we planned so our meatballs only had 5 minutes to be in the freezer before getting put in the skillet. The meatballs actually held their shape so if you’re in a rush, you only need to keep your meatballs in the freezer for 5-6 minutes. Once your meatballs are in the skillet though, allow them to cook for somewhere between 5 to 7 minutes (5 minutes worked for us), turning them as they’re cooking so you can ensure they’re getting cooked equally all over (a nice crust on the meatballs is a bonus to the stirring of the meatballs). After the 5-7 minutes has passed, scoop the meatballs out and put them on a plate afterwards. Wait for the oil to get hot again before adding the second batch into the skillet. Stick the third batch in the freezer afterwards. Cook the meatballs, take them out, wait for the oil to get hot again and add the last batch in, cooking it and adding it to the pile of cooked meatballs after its 5 minutes of cooking is over with.
  5. Now that all the meatballs are cooked and out of the skillet, drain the oil from the skillet (the recipe never says to drain but there was just so much oil in the skillet, it only felt right to drain it). Pour the whiskey and beef broth in (to play it safe, we took the skillet over to the sink when pouring the whiskey in). Wait for the mixture to come to a boil* and then allow it to reduce for 5 minutes or so, just long enough to get the mixture a little bit thicker.
  6. Pour the Worcestershire sauce and the other ¼ cup of spicy mustard into the skillet, stirring to combine as well as you can. This should take a couple of minutes to achieve.
  7. Pour the heavy cream into the skillet, stirring as you do so until everything looks blended together.
  8. Now take all those meatballs you cooked earlier and add them back into the skillet.
  9. Bring the heat down to a simmer and allow everything to cook for 5-7 minutes or however long it takes for the meatballs to get cooked through completely. Honestly our meatballs were fully cooked during step 4 so we just let the dish simmer for the minimum time.
  10. Serve right away !

*When the whiskey starts getting heated up, all of its wonderfully sweet aromas start blooming and it’s just awesome. There’s no mistaking that sweet whiskey aroma !

This recipe was initially made as an appetizer (each one is only 1 ¼ inch in diameter) and you could eat them that way, but we eat this as an actual meal because they’re too delicious to eat just as a snack ! The meatballs themselves have a nice crust on the outside but the meat is still soft and tender on the inside and the sauce, man that’s where the flavor’s really at ! The tanginess of the mustard really comes through but there’s just a little bit of sweetness from the whiskey and the heavy cream just makes the sauce have a silky consistency. The sauce is so delicious that you’ll want to consume it like a soup instead !

We got this recipe from a Ree Drummond cookbook.

We weren’t paid in any way to mention French’s, Jack Daniels, Swanson, or Ree Drummond.

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Smoky Pork BBQ Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp. white distilled vinegar
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • ¼  cup plus 2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce (we used Jack Daniel’s Honey Smokehouse)
  • 4 hoagie rolls, split and toasted* (we used Cobblestone Bread Co. Philly Steak bread) (We spread Hellmann’s Real mayonnaise over the inside of the roll before toasting them and we loved the effect it had.)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (we didn’t measure how much mayonnaise we used) (we used Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise)
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves (we used one bunch of cilantro)
  • 1 jalapeño chile, thinly sliced (we used 2)

Directions

  1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven (we put our rack up in the top slot) and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl (a bowl with a 2-cup capacity will be big enough) add the radishes in, along with the vinegar, sugar and ¼ tsp. of salt, stirring to toss the radishes in the pickling mixture. Let the radishes marinate, tossing them around periodically so the slices get evenly pickled (the radishes turn this beautiful shade of pink when they get pickled, it really pops when it’s in the sandwich).
  2. Take a baking sheet out and line it with aluminum foil** and place a rack on top of the lined baking sheet, spraying the rack with nonstick cooking spray*** afterwards. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the pork together with the two tablespoons of barbecue sauce along with the pepper and remaining salt. Form 16 balls from the ground pork mixture, placing them on the rack-lined baking sheet afterwards. Brush some of the remaining barbecue sauce over the top of the meatballs, sticking the meatballs in the oven for 10 minutes afterwards. Pull the meatballs out long enough to flip them over, brushing them with more barbecue sauce and sticking them back in the oven for an additional 10 to 12 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through (it took us longer than 12 minutes to reach 160 degrees).
  3. Spread mayonnaise over the cut sides of the toasted bread before adding the following ingredients in layers: pickled radish slices, meatballs (4 per sandwich), cilantro leaves, jalapeño slices, and roll tops. (We’d suggest adding cilantro on first so it gets stuck to the mayonnaise and doesn’t fall off the sandwich as easily, but it’s up to you to you really on how you choose to add the components to the sandwich.)

Serves 4.

*We suggest toasting right near the end of the cooking time so there’ll still be some crispiness or crunch to your toasted bread. Do it too early and the bread may get soft on you all over again before you even have a chance to enjoy the sandwich.

**The original recipe never mentions lining the baking sheet with aluminum foil but doing so will save you a ton of clean up since the sauce will drip some during the process of applying it and during the cooking of the meatballs.

***The original recipe also never mentions spraying the rack with nonstick cooking spray but we REALLY recommend doing it. The first time we cooked these and didn’t apply the nonstick spray, the meat really stuck to the rack when we went to flip the meatballs and it was a pain getting the rack cleaned afterwards. Applied the spray and the meatballs flipped so much easier, had barely any meat stick to the rack and cleaning was a lot easier.

These sandwiches are so freaking scrumptious ! The meatballs are tender, the barbecue adds a little bit of smoky sweetness, the jalapeño slices bring heat, pickled radishes bring a little bit of tang, and the cilantro brings its own signature taste that works perfectly with the other components. The bread, jalapeño slices and pickled radish slices bring some crunch and texture that contrasts against the tender meatballs, creamy mayonnaise, and cilantro leaves. It’s a sandwich we would love eating while watching the Super Bowl or as an everyday dish. You could also slice up the sandwich and serve it as a snack !

Recipe source unknown.

We weren’t paid in any way to mention Jack Daniel’s, Cobblestone Bread Co., or Hellmann’s.

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