Comfort Meatballs

Ingredients

  • Meatballs
    • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
    • 3/4 cup quick oats
    • 1 cup milk (used whole milk)
    • 3 tablespoons very finely minced onion (used yellow onion)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (used table salt)
    • Plenty of ground black pepper (used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Sauce
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 4 to 6 tablespoons minced onion (used 6 tablespoons of minced yellow onion)
    • Dash of Tabasco

Directions

  1. Take a large mixing bowl and mix the beef and oats together in it.
  2. Pour in the milk, adding in the onion and salt next.
  3. Toss the black pepper into the bowl and mix everything together just until combined.
  4. Take tablespoon-sized amounts of the meat mixture and roll them into meatballs. Place them in the fridge for 30 to 45 minutes so they can firm up.
  5. Turn your oven on and preheat it to 350 degrees. Pour the canola oil into a large skillet, setting the skillet over medium heat.
  6. Roll the meatballs in the flour until completely covered, shaking off any excess flour.
  7. Once the oil’s hot, add the meatballs to the skillet (in batches), cooking them just long enough to lightly brown them.
  8. Once browned, take them out of the skillet and place them in a rectangular baking dish (I used a 13 x 9 baking dish). Repeat the browning process until all of the meatballs have been browned and are in the baking dish.
  9. Stir all the sauce ingredients* together in a large bowl, drizzling the sauce evenly over all of the meatballs.
  10. Place the baking dish in the oven for 45 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and hot.
  11. Serve immediately (I served this with PW’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes).

*I added more than just a dash of Tabasco, I added enough to start tasting it in the sauce (without it overwhelming the other flavors though).

Even though the sauce got reduced down more than it should, this still tasted delicious ! Eating these meatballs is like getting to eat meatloaf in a meatball form. If you want, you could skip the mashed potatoes and just put a toothpick into these meatballs, making them a tasty snack !

This recipe came from “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” by Ree Drummond.

I wasn’t paid in any form to promote Tabasco or “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” by Ree Drummond.

Take care everybody !

Salt And Vinegar Wings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • Water
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 to 4 1/2 pounds split chicken wings (we bought whole chicken wings that we broke down into wingettes and drumettes, throwing the tips away)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cornstarch
  • Assorted sauces, for dipping (they suggested 3 different sauces and for this first time, we decided to make their Sriracha-Honey Soy Sauce, recipe follows)

Directions

  1. Take a medium-sized bowl out and stir the vinegar, 1 cup water, 3 tablespoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper together until the salt has mostly dissolved. Place the wings in a nonreactive bowl or baking dish (we put them in a ziploc bag which we then placed in a baking dish) and pour the liquid  mixture over the chicken wings, making sure the wings are as submerged in the liquid as possible (we sealed the bag up at this point). Place the wings in the refrigerator for 2 hours, stirring the wings around now and then so you know that all the wings are coated in the liquid.
  2. Drain the liquid, pat the wings dry and let them come to room temperature (this can take a while*). Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Take a baking sheet out and place a rack on it (we lined our sheet with aluminum foil first before placing the rack on the sheet). Take a large heavy pot (we used our Dutch oven) and pour enough vegetable oil in so the pot is half way full. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring the oil temperature up to 375 degrees.
  3. Take a large bowl out and whisk the following ingredients together in it: flour, cornstarch, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Slowly whisk in 2 cups of very cold water to make a light batter. Add all of the wings to a bowl, tossing to coat.
  4. Using tongs, grab one wing at a time, letting any excess batter drip back into the bowl before lowering the wing completely into the oil, holding it there for a few seconds before releasing it (this helps seal the coating). Fry for 8 to 9 minutes or until the coating is golden and crispy (we found that we could fry around 5 or so wings at a time without the temperature dropping too much). Take the wings and place them on the rack-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle a little bit of salt over the wings and place the sheet in the oven so the wings stay warm as you cook up future batches of the wings. Once the wings are all cooked, serve immediately with the sauce.

Sriracha-Honey Soy Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Sriracha
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (we used reduced-sodium soy sauce)
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (we used toasted sesame oil)

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan, whisking to combine. Set the saucepan over medium heat, whisking until it’s simmering and the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes**. Let cool before serving with the chicken wings.

*We didn’t know that it would take hours for the wings to come to room temperature so next time we make this, we’ll probably get started in the morning so we don’t have to worry about the time it’ll take for the chicken wings to reach room temperature.

**It took us longer than 5 minutes to get the sauce thickened so we were happy that we thought to make this while the chicken was sitting in the fridge.

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To be honest, we’ve been afraid to fry chicken wings but we’re so glad that we overcame that fear ’cause we never would’ve know otherwise just how freaking awesome fried chicken wings can be ! The coating on these wings have the most wonderful crispy crunchy texture to them. We weren’t sure if getting the nice crispy coating on the chicken wings might result in dried out meat but thankfully the meat was juicy and tender. We think the wings sitting in that vinegar mixture is what prevented the meat from drying out. We never did taste the vinegar in the chicken wings but that’s okay, they were still delicious plain and tasted even better when we tried them with the dipping sauce. The sauce starts off tasting kinda sweet but then the heat from the Sriacha kicks in and you definitely end on a spicy note, it just makes you want to keep on coming back for more ! If all fried chicken wings taste as good as this one did, then we can’t wait to make more fried chicken wings in the future !

This recipe came from Food Network.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Ziploc or Food Network.

Take care everybody !

Game Day Recipe Compilation

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, and here are all the recipes we think would be great to enjoy that day:

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Egg Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

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Mini Ham Sandwiches

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Pork Chorizo Burger

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Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

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Thai Chicken Tacos

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Spicy Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

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Spicy Mushroom Sloppy Joes

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Restaurant-Style Salsa

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Sriracha Buffalo Chicken Wings with Lemon Dijonnaise Dip

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Spicy Shredded Beef Sandwiches

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Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

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Thai Coconut Chicken Meatballs

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Smokin’ Hot Baked Wings

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Pork & Scallion Wontons

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Smoky Pork BBQ Sandwiches

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Whiskey-Mustard Meatballs

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Football Fudge Brownies

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Salami Snack

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Southwestern Nachos Potato Skins

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Pizza-Stuffed Mushrooms

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Mexican Brownies

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Hot Wing Dip

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Smoky Ranch Dip

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Southwest-Style Egg Rolls with Southwest Sour Cream Dip

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Roasted Salsa Roja

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No-Frills Guacamole

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

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Tequila Sunrise

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Salty Chihuahua

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Pineapple Rum Slush

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Chicken Enchilada Dip

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Sticky Habanero Glazed Chicken Wings

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Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders

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Alabama White Sauce

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Blue Cheese Ranch Dip

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Buttery Nashville Hot Sauce Chicken Wings

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Sweet Chile Hot Wings

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Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Southern Fried Pickles with Creamy Rémoulade

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The nacho cheese

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Chicken Parm Sliders

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Barbecue Chicken Meatball Sliders

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Vietnamese Peanut Sauce Chicken Wings

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Sweet, Hot, and Sour Tennessee Whiskey Meatballs

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Korean Meatballs

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Fiery Hot Wings

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Tomatillo Salsa

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Peanut Butter and Pepper Jelly Bars

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Pizza Fries with pepperoni

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Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

Take care everybody !

Pizza Fries with pepperoni

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. frozen skin-on french fries (30 oz.)
  • 1 pkg. pepperoni slices, divided (3.5 oz.)
  • 1 cup jarred marinara sauce (we used Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce)
  • 2 cups shredded Italian or pizza blend cheese (8 oz.) (we used Sargento 6 cheese Italian)
  • 2 Tbsp. each sliced ripe black olives and sliced banana pepper rings (we used sliced black olives and Mt. Olive Hot Banana pepper rings)
  • Chopped fresh parsley (we used Italian parsley)
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Take a baking sheet and spray it with nonstick spray (we lined our sheet with aluminum foil and place them in the oven to cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until the fries have become crisp and golden.
  2. Take half of the pepperoni slices and dice them. Place the diced pepperoni in a skillet that’s set over medium-high heat. Stir the pepperoni for 3 to 5 minutes or until it looks crispy. Pour the marinara in and let it simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until it looks thick.
  3. Preheat your broiler to high with a rack set 6 inches from the broiler element.
  4. Pour the marinara mixture over the fries, tossing to coat. Top the coated fries with the shredded cheese, remaining pepperoni, olives, and the pepper rings.
  5. Place the sheet under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese has melted and looks browned (we broiled ours for 5 minutes).

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This really does taste like pizza but with fries ! The fries did get soft after getting tossed in the pizza sauce mixture so we’d suggest just serving the pepperoni pizza sauce on the side as a dipping sauce. This way you still get all the flavors minus the soggy fry experience. Trying to get the cheese browned caused it to get a little dried out so we’ll probably just pull the fries out next time at the 3 minute mark where it looked nice and melted (just not browned). The banana pepper rings got a little dried out and lost some of their acidity when they got put under the broiler so we’d suggest keeping some extra slices on hand to add on after if you love the zippiness that banana peppers bring. Even though there’s a few tweaks to make, we’d gladly make this again. You get to enjoy all the flavors of a pizza but on fries instead of a pizza crust, makes it a fun snack to enjoy !

Recipe source unknown.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Classico, Sargento, or Mt. Olive.

Take care everybody !

Vietnamese Peanut Sauce Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. of chicken wings, tips removed, wingettes and drumettes separated
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 finely chopped large garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 to 3 tsp. Asian chili-garlic sauce (we used 3 tsp. of sambal oelek)
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped toasted peanuts (we used dry-roasted peanuts)
  • ¼ cup torn cilantro and mint leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Take two baking sheets and line them with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with the cooking spray. Divide the chicken wings between the two sheets, seasoning the top of the chicken with salt and pepper. Stick one sheet on the middle rack and the other on the bottom rack. Cook for 30 minutes, switching the sheets (middle rack sheet going on the bottom rack and vice versa)  and letting the wings cook for another 30 minutes.
  2. While the chicken wings are cooking, take a small saucepan and set it over medium heat. Pour the oil into the saucepan, letting it get hot. Now add in the garlic, stirring constantly for a minute or two or until the garlic looks golden. Mix in the fish sauce, brown sugar, and chili-garlic sauce, bringing the sauce to a simmer. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened and reduced down to about ½ cup (they said this could take between 4 to 5 minutes but it took longer than that for us). Mix in the peanuts.
  3. Take the cooked wings and place them in a large mixing bowl. Pour the the sauce over the wings, tossing the wings to coat. Sprinkle the cilantro and mint over the wings and enjoy !
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We tried the wings with cilantro and mint but we didn’t think the cilantro brought anything to the dish. The mint though tasted really good with the flavors from the sauce.

This sauce recipe came from Southern Living.

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

Take care everybody !