I love birthday parties, even if they aren’t my own. When my dear friend and interior designer extraordinaire Elle (check out her blog here) asked me to work with her on her husband’s birthday celebration, I was happy to be the chef and a guest. Elle styled the party in black and white using chalkboard paper as a table cover. If you use contact chalkboard paper don’t remove the paper on the back if you don’t want the contact paper to stick to your table.
For the menu we decided that sliders would be the main event. What goes better with beer than a hearty burger. In addition to traditional beef sliders I made crab cake sliders and little roasted veggie hoagies as well, something for all tastes. We did delicious snacks as well like sinful candied bacon and homemade soft pretzels with sea salt. The candied bacon was a big hit, and of course I used some of my own homemade house cured bacon coated with brown sugar, cayenne pepper and rosemary.
Buffalo chicken meatballs with hotwing sauce and bleu cheese was also on the menu. This is a tasty dish for a party, especially during football season. The birthday boy’s hand crafted beer was the perfect foil for the spicy sauce. The recipe is below
Buffalo chicken meatballs for a party
Makes about 32- 1.5 ounce meatballs
|1 small onion cut into fine dice (about ½ cup)1 garlic clove cut into fine dice2 tablespoons canola oil
3 pounds ground chicken (dark meat if possible)
3 egg whites
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup hot sauce
¼ cup butter
4 ounces of blue/bleu cheese
|Heat oven to 400°Coat 2 rimmed sheet pans with canola oil. Saute onions and garlic in canola oil until translucent. Cool to room temperature.Mix ground chicken, egg whites, bread crumbs, salt, paprika, sautéed onion and garlic. Form into meatballs about 1 ½ inches in diameter
Place on an oiled sheet pan and roast for about 20 minutes or until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 °
In a separate saucepan mix hot sauce and butter heat to boiling then remove from heat.
Pour sauce over meatballs and bake 5 minutes. Place on a serving tray with bamboo party forks and top with crumbled blue cheese