Touchdown: Buffalo Meatballs!

Buffalo Meatballs

I spied the recipe for Buffalo Meatballs

in the January/February issue of

Food Network Magazine.

They sounded ideal for kick off in your line up

of game day or Super Bowl party snacks!


We enjoyed these meatballs this past Sunday while watching the Carolina Panthers play and lose to the San Francisco 49ers. . .*sniff*. . .but the Buffalo Meatballs are definitely Super Bowl worthy!


Buffalo Meatballs

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

The Food Network recipe calls for ground beef or bison for Buffalo-Buffalo Meatballs :) but I used a ‘meatloaf mix’ of pork, beef and veal.


Vegetable oil, for brushing

1 cup sour cream

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 large egg

3 carrots

3 stalks celery plus 1 tablespoon chopped celery leaves

1 pound ground bison or beef

4 scallions, finely chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 clove garlic, grated

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

3/4 cup Buffalo hot sauce (I used Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce)

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (2 ounces)



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly brush a baking sheet with vegetable oil (I used a parchment lined baking sheet instead). Mix 2 tablespoons sour cream, the panko and egg in a large bowl; let sit 5 minutes.


Grate 1 carrot and 1 celery stalk into the bowl with the panko mixture. Add the meat, celery leaves, half of the scallions, the parsley, garlic, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix with your hands until combined. Dampen your hands and shape the mixture into 36 mini meatballs (about 1 inch each); arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until browned and cooked through, about 12 minutes.


Meanwhile, melt the butter in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add the remaining scallions and cook until wilted, 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, hot sauce and ketchup; bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 8 minutes. Add the meatballs; simmer until tender, about 8 more minutes.


Mix the blue cheese and 3/4 cup sour cream in a medium bowl. Cut the remaining 2 carrots and 2 celery stalks into sticks. Transfer the meatballs to a bowl and serve with the vegetable sticks and blue cheese dip.


Quick and easy, you can make these meatballs in advance and reheat in the buffalo sauce for kick off or a half time snack!

You can a printable recipe from Food Network, here.

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  28 comments for “Touchdown: Buffalo Meatballs!

  1. January 15, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Hey, these sound really good…even at 6 am in the morning! LOL
    They even have veggies in them, so can we call them healthy? *wink*
    My gang would love them…thanks for sharing how you made them.

    I’m sorry your team lost. I was rooting for the 49’s though…I knew the former owner, Eddie D. YEARS ago!!!

  2. January 15, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Perfect football food Mary! I love the idea of bison for “real” Buffalo Meatballs, not that I’d use it though… You have lots of good company sitting with you on the sidelines rooting for teams other than our own this year:@)

  3. January 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I’m sad….the Saints got slaughtered by the Seahawks last week….Boo!

  4. January 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I’m with Rettabug…. your meatballs sound good even early in the morning. I’ve bought bison one time and plan to buy some more. I will be glad when grass fed beef goes down in price. It is catching on.
    Have a great day.

  5. paula
    January 15, 2014 at 8:15 am

    These look wonderful, and would have helped with the pain last week when the Indianapolis Colts were slaughtered too :(

  6. Bonbongirl
    January 15, 2014 at 8:34 am

    This recipe sounds like a Super Bowl winner! I can’t help but wonder if it’s the good luck charm the Browns need for a winning season next year (or is that called a miracle?), and can’t wait to try this!

  7. Peggy Thal
    January 15, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Looks delicious! Great for the Super Bowl. Thank you for sharing.

  8. January 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Right now my tummy isn’t feeling so good, but on another day I’m sure these would be a big hit at our house.

  9. January 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

    When I read the title I feared chicken balls. I know it’s probably just me, but I can’t wrap my head around ground chicken in any type of shaped form. These I will definitely try! I’ll have to digitally check out the latest issue of this magazine from the library and see what else is in store.

  10. January 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Mary, I’m on a diet and right now I want to reach into the screen and eat the entire bowl of these meatballs! We’re doing low carb so I think I can modify this recipe so we can eat some. Perfect football food. My cousin is the punter for SF (Andy Lee) so we were pulling for the 49ers! (Don’t hate me!)

  11. Carolyn
    January 15, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Really nice recipe and just in time for Super Bowl coming up. Beautiful photos to. Thanks for sharing.

  12. January 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Mary,

    These meatballs look and sound delicious! Definitely some good, hearty fare for Superbowl night! That Panthers/49ers game just made me sick; I so wanted the Panthers to win. :( But my other team, the Denver Broncos won, and I just hope they beat the Pats this coming weekend. Peyton Manning is my favorite quarterback ever.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and have a wonderful week!



  13. January 16, 2014 at 7:45 am

    My group would love these! I like the meat mix you used, I don’t think I could do buffalo buffalo! Sorry the Panthers lost~

  14. January 16, 2014 at 9:34 am

    This recipe is perfect for this household!..I am always on the lookout for appetizers that do not require bread or crackers as my hubby does not eat bread (yes, I know, he has great will power)…so this is fantastic as I love anything that has the word “buffalo” in it!…Hate that the Panthers lost…oh well, there is always next year…Thanks Mary!!

  15. January 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Oh, I love the sound and looks of these meatballs, Mary! I like Frank’s Hot sauce, too. Thanks for giving us ideas for Super Bowl parties. My family will love these!! Sorry about your team losing. xo

  16. January 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I feel your pain! San Francisco beat our Green Bay Packers in the first round of the play offs too :( Your meatballs sound spicy and so delicious!

  17. January 16, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I think I want to try these… Yum…

  18. susie
    January 17, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Mary between all the beautiful tablescapes you create and setting up your shed so delightfully when do you have time to do all these recipes too? I love your blogs so much especially when the girls are involved.thank you so much .susie

  19. Rattlebridge Farm
    January 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

    You have created the perfect appetizer. FFers will love this recipe, especially with the Super Bowl coming up. Have a great weekend. I still haven’t started on nb, and I’m in a panic. No sun, yet we still have patches of snow on the hill. xxoo

  20. January 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    My brother would love these. I think i’ll take these to his super bowl party. I’m stopping by from the Monday blog hop. I hope you had a great weekend.

  21. January 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  22. January 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I like this idea…something a little different. Looks good! I will be trying this soon.

  23. Stef
    January 22, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Our team (the Redskins) never seems to make it to the Super Bowl, but we like to take the excuse to have friends and their dogs over to share halftime critiques and fun finger foods. These will fit right in. Thank you for sharing this idea! We’ll be cheering for the Broncos. My husband likes football and I love to watch Peyton Manning at work. It’s just fun to watch the great QB’s!

  24. Sony
    January 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I just made these meatballs for dinner. They were excellent!! I wanted to do a trial run before the Super Bowl. I will definitely be making these for the game!!

    • January 24, 2014 at 4:47 am

      So glad you liked them! :)

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