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Buffalo Meatball Subs

Buffalo Meatball Subs
Buffalo Meatball Subs

A day late & dollar short, that kinda sums up this here blog. Made this concoction for the playoffs & it turned out way better than expected (I’m not one for the buffalo sauce).

Surprised that I really couldn’t find a meatball recipe that didn’t involve frozen Italian meatballs from the store, so just somewhat had to wing it on that end. Really try to do mostly whole foods when making these crocks – sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.

Stuffs:

  • 2 lb ground chicken/turkey
  • 1.5 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 carrots – finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks – finely diced
  • 2 egg – beaten lightly
  • 2 cups buffalo sauce (Franks, is what I used)
  • 4 oz blue chess crumbles
  • 1 small container greek yogurt (4-6 oz?)
  • 6-8 hogie buns (from bakery not crappy off the shelf – you have more self respect than that, right?)

Make it happen:

  • Heat oven @ 450 degrees (sadly, you need to oven)
  • In large bowl combine chic/turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, carrots, celery
  • Form into 2 in. balls – yes, I said balls
  • Cook in baking dish for 15 mins (might need to do a couple batches)
  • Move the meatballs to crock pot & pour the buffalo sauce over
  • Crock on low for 6-8 hrs.
  • When ready to serve, put meatballs on hogie buns & broil for 1 min (for crisp buns, be careful!)
  • Top with yogurt/blue cheese mixture

Yep, this is one of those amazing sportball slow cooker dishes. Just enough bad crap with some good mixed in there for good measure. Not scientific, but I believe taking out the frozen meatballs helps somewhat.

These were amazing – you could eat w/o the buns – so that is something. Great tasting main dish with the yogurt/blue cheese topping – you can eliminate if need be, but I wouldn’t suggest doing so.

P.S. swear I’m going to learn how to take good photos of food – there is an art to it & obviously I don’t possess that skill.

Asian Sriracha Rubbed Turkey

brine
Breast/Legs in the Brine

Hope you all had a wonderful T-day. Saw a post a couple days before thanksgiving & got the bright idea that I needed to make it my own & try to do so in the crock. This recipe called for dish to be baked in the oven of course & so there is always the chance it just might not turn out as stellar in slow cooker.

First – needed to find a 8lb turkey…impossible. I forgot that these turkeys now are frakenturkeys & could wrestle Godzilla to the ground. So, went for a large breast & couple legs – thats right I sound like some kind of turkey perv. The whole point of the crock was that dinner would be asian themed (except for the stuffing) & turkey was rubbed w/ that fantastic Sriracha sauce. Quite a bit of work all in all, but well worth the trouble.

So here it goes:

  • 4lb. turkey breast & 2 1lb. turkey legs, thawed and brined (see below – is done before cooking!)
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Sriracha chile sauce
  • 2 tblsp ground ginger
  • 2 tblsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 3-4 stalks lemongrass (cut in matchsticks)
  • 1 bunch scallions (diced up)
  • 1 tblsp minced ginger
Pre-Cook in Crock

Dry the turkey w/ paper towels after pulling out of the brine.
Mix the mayonnaise, sriracha, ginger & garlic powder together & then rub the mixture all over the turkey.
Place the breast/legs in crock & sprinkle the meat w/ pepper, basil, lemongrass & scallions. Note: added some of the solid bits from the brine & added that on top also.
Set on LOW for 8hrs.

About the brine:

  • 4+ cups water
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 16 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 whole star anise pods
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 6 green onions, diced
  • 5 dried shitake mushrooms
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped up
cutting board
On the Cutting Board

Put all of the ingredient in a large pot & submerge the turkey in for about 10-12hrs. (When submerging, make sure you hold on tight to that great – otherwise you’ll get coated in brine juice)
I drained the brine, but saved some of the solid bits & put over the turkey along w/ other ingredients.

I realize that Paula Dean makes sweet love to a jar of mayo, but I was a tad skeptical slow cooking dish coated in the mayo. The smell alone of this cooking was making me salivate halfway thru the day. Holy. Freakin’. Turkeybits. Crock way exceeded my expectations – the basic flavor of the meat was fantastic & not very spicy at all (was expecting a a bit more kick).

The white meat turned out quite moist & stayed for quite some time w/o drying out. Leg meat, as my son put it – this borders on weird sounding coming from your kid – “orgasmic”. I guess this kinda sums the review of the meat.

The Plate of Goodness

Oh yeah, the sides – did asian themed mashed potatoes & classic stuffing.

Lao Nai Yang Yu (Chinese Spicy Mashed Potatoes) – these were super good, I’d make these again even not on T-day. Potatoes were quite spicy, so next time making them I’d pull back on the chili paste a bit.

Classic Stuffing – this is always my fav side dish on t-day, loves me some stuffing. Had never made stuffing from scratch & this really couldn’t have been easier & I have to say, gives my folks oyster stuffing a run for best in class. Made a bit of turkey gravy to drizzle (ok, drown) over stuffing – you can’t have stuffing w/o gravy on top dammit!

This whole meal was amazing & I wish I could have shared w/ few more people to confirm how damn tasty meat was. Will need something pretty spectacular for Xmas to kick this holiday feast off the pedestal.

Until next time…

Turkey Breast Post T-Day

turkey cutting board
Turkey Cutting Board

So, didn’t get to spend T-Day w/ my kid – thought I would do so tonite. Wasn’t going to go all out, but wanted to do turkey, taters & stuffing.

Got the turkey breast (4.5 lbs) super cheap of course cause everyone had already picked thru them & holiday was over. Bought this premium one for 12 bucks! Could have got a full one, but thought I would keep in pretty simple.

What its all about:

  • 4.5 lb turkey breast
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup chardonnay
  • 1/2 onion – diced
  • lots of pepper
  • you can add salt, but I didn’t
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • 4-5 tblsp of butter
Turkey Plate
Turkey Plate

Cook that bird:

  • Washed the turkey off & then removed the skin (since I wasn’t baking it wasn’t going to get crispy – this just would have created a bunch of fatty fat fat) – then patted dry w/ paper towels
  • Coated outside w/ pepper, then put in crock breast side down
  • Poured the broth & chardonnay over turkey
  • Threw the parsley, onion  & butter on top of this
  • Set to HI for 10 hrs

Have to say, this was the moistest turkey I’ve ever had (even the oil cooked one wasn’t this good). I do like the crispy skin & all that & this isn’t traditional – but found it superior to other cooking methods. Hell, even after sitting for 30 mins on cutting board – came back for a nibble – still as succulent.

Served w/ mashed potatoes & cornbread stuffing w/ oysters. Of course gravy drizzled over absolutely everything! Got lazy & did bottled gravy, but if you were to make your own the liquid from the crock after cooking is plentiful & would have worked amazingly.

Eating this while watching The Walking Dead & w/ my kid made this even more delicious.

What to do with leftovers…

Pre-TDay Turkey Legs

crockOutTShirt
Crock Out T-Shirt Idea...

Ok, so this one won’t be amusing for the most part, but thought I’d share anywho. I purchased the turkey leg drumettes (is that like a turkey drumline?) in that shameful area called “meat done gone bad” section of the grocery store. I know, I know – only trailer trash, old folks & cat ladies get their edible flesh from there – I saw & I bought.

On Mon. nite I saw them in freezer & threw in fridge to thaw. Tues. morn (still frozen, what the hell):

  • threw the C-Pot
  • 4 carrots, sliced thick
  • 1 tblsp pepper
  • 2 tblsp herbs de provence (fancy huh!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • set to 10hrs

Holy mother of turkey drumette chorus line – these were amazing w/ pretty much zero effort.

There you have it – simple turkey legs.

Check out t-shirt idea to the right if you didn’t notice.