you may have a little left over
of garlic and herb cheese
boursin, alouette, or even herbed cream cheese works, any soft spreadable herbed cheese
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
cold unsalted butter
salt and pepper
for the crust:
crushed Ritz Crackers
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 2 mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
Begin by melting the
6 tbsp. of butter and then mixing in the crushed Ritz and the ½ cup
cheddar. Press about 1 tsp. of crumb mixture into the bottom of the mini
muffin tin. Press down until firmly packed. Crust should come up a
little on the sides.
noodles. Cook in boiling water until a few minutes shy of al dente. When
done, strain and then put into a large bowl. Add the herbed cheese,
cheddar, sour cream, milk, eggs, cold butter, and salt and pepper. Mix
thoroughly until cheese is starting to melt and no large clumps remain.
Spoon about 1-2 tsp. of mixture into each well over the prepared crust.
Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit at least 10
minutes. If you try to remove them before that, they will crumble as you
take them out. After 10 minutes, run a knife around the edges and then
gently remove each one. Serve warm. Enjoy!
¼-½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (depending on spice preference)
Position 2 racks near the
center of the oven and preheat the oven to 475ºF. Line 2 baking sheets
with parchment paper, set aside.
In a saucepan, combine the
ingredients of the firecracker sauce over medium high heat, allow to
come to a boil, reduce the heat so it simmers. Let simmer for 8-10
minutes. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool. The sauce will
thicken as it cools so don’t worry if it looks thin.
In a large
bowl, combine the ground chicken, garlic, salt pepper, eggs, panko,
paprika, and onion powder. Use your hands to mix all the ingredients
together. It’s easier to tell when he ingredients are combined when
using hands. DO NOT OVERMIX, it will result in drier meatballs.
the meat mixture into ball, about 3 tablespoons of meat per ball. You
can also do this with an ice cream scoop. Place shaped meatballs on
prepared baking sheet. bake for 11-13 minutes or until the meatballs are
Using 2 tablespoon, dip each individual
meatball into the sauce. Alternately, you can brush each meatball with
the sauce. Place back on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 1-2
minutes. Drizzle or brush with additional sauce as desired.
Panko is a Japanese style of breadcrumbs.
A combination of ground chicken and turkey can be used to make these meatballs.
you would like to serve your meatballs with sauce, I would double the
ingredients for the sauce portion as this recipe makes just enough for
The meatball mixture can be prepared the night before and baked the day of, if desired.
Thursday night is a very social night in my home, and for the occasion, I made a tray of loaded turkey nachos. Corn tortilla chips, ground turkey seasoned with many amazing spices (cumin, smoked paprika, hot paprika, garlic, onion, cilantro, etc), homemade queso, onions, tomatoes, and fresh pickled jalapeños.