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Football season is here! For many of you that might mean Sunday or Monday night football on TV and hanging out with friends. For us that means Friday night football games at the high school watching our daughter perform on color guard with the band (not rotc). It means bringing tailgating food to share with friends before the game. One of those is my recipe for Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs have to me one of my easiest recipes I serve. The sauce is super simple to make. You can also use turkey if you’re not into ground chicken. Sometimes, we use frozen meatballs if we don’t have the time to make our own. Schedules get busy and it’s nice to have a recipe that is versatile.
Whether I am tailgating or home-gating I like to make serving up drinks simple. I usually stop by my local Tom Thumb across the street or one of the four in my area to grab food and drinks. They are local and easy to get to without the crowd of people which helps with my busy schedule. I found the new COCA-COLA® ZERO SUGAR has more real Coca-Cola® flavor, still without any sugar on the aisle but other stores might have it on a fall end cap. I love it for my football parties. It’s perfect for my Football party drink station with cute striped paper straws in black. Currently, you can save on many products at Albertsons, Tom Thumb and Randalls with the Stock Up Sale starting in-store on 10/4; my birthday.
How To Set Up A Football Party Drink Station:
Here are a few tips on how I set up a football party drink station.
- Pick up your cans in advance and place them in the fridge. This way you can pull a few at a time without having to deal with an ice chest.
- Straws are very important. This will help you with little kids. Also you won’t have to buy as many cups to serve drinks up in. Just put the straws right next to the cans.
- Small cans are wonderful for all ages. But especially the little ones that don’t ever seem to drink it all.
- If you do offer cup use make sure to set out a bowl of ice with tongs. Keep it refreshed through out the game so it’s not melted ice that just waters down their drinks.
- Don’t forget to serve up some appetizers with your drink station.
Party Tips and Tricks:
- Place trash bags in good locations so you’re not picking up tons after the party. You can always politely remind your guest by pointing out where they are.
- Always have plenty of food. You can prep food early or keep some on food hand in the freeze to make in case extra people show up.
- Paper plates and plastic wear will save you on tons of dishes.
- Slow cooker and instant pot meals will help too. You can keep things warm in them even if you didn’t cook in them in the first place.
- Old fish bowl is good to throw keys in. We always want to make sure everyone gets home safely.
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Before football season is over you have to try these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. Pair them with ranch or blue cheese dressings for tasty dipping sauces. I’d love to hear how you set up your football parties or what recipe you love to make for tailgating or home-gating below!
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Yield 4 to 6 Servings
- ½ cup melted butter
- ½ cup Louisiana hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
For Frozen Meatballs:
- frozen meatballs (chicken or turkey)
For Baked Meatballs:
- 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
- ⅓ cup bread crumbs (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic; grated
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, add in bread crumbs, meat, garlic, milk, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- Drizzle olive oil into the bottom of a baking dish. Roll meat in balls and place in baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes until meat is done.
- Or bake the frozen meatballs to warm them up.
- Heat butter in microwave.
- In a large bowl, add vinegar, hot sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and butter. Whisk.
- Stir in meatballs.
- Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
To keep warm put on warm setting in a slow cooker.
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