Prior to every Super Bowl Sunday, Ben sits me down and sketches an “X’s” and “O’s” football strategy refresh. Instead, all I see are toothpicks for “X’s” and Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs for “O’s.”
I’ve never claimed to be a football strategy whiz. At the beginning of the game, I mentally note my team’s uniform color and the direction they should be marching down the field, then hope the rest will be intuitive. I cheer when others cheer and scowl when others yell expletives. Occasionally, I forget which direction we are supposed to be going and clap at an inappropriate moment. With a plate of Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs at my disposal, however, I’m immediately forgiven by even the most fervent of fans.
To make Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs, we start with a tasty combination of tart shredded apple, spicy red onion, and healthy ground chicken. For extra warmth, we add a pinch of cinnamon, garlic for oomph, and panko breadcrumbs for their binder-prowess. It’s a yummy, meaty, tangy-sweet meatball mix.
I know what you are thinking—let’s stuff that juicy apple chicken meatball with extra sharp cheddar cheese. Good, I was thinking that too.
Each succulent chicken meatball is a mini package of decadent, gooey cheddar ooze. Sharp cheddar bursts in every bite, complementing the apple-y sweetness of the meatballs.
As with any self-respecting meatball, the crowing glory of our Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs is the sauce. Inspired by the flavors of my Apple Butter Cheddar and Turkey Grilled Cheese (a reader favorite recipe), I created a killer 10-second meatball sauce by stirring together two easy ingredients: Musselman’s Apple Butter and barbeque sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s to be specific). The mellow fruitiness of the apple butter enhances the fresh apple flavor in our meatball mix, and the barbeque sauce adds savoryness and sass. Stir in a pat of butter for richness, and we have a 5-star sauce for minimal effort. Touchdown!
If the prospect of juicy meatballs exploding with cheddar cheese hasn’t convinced you to add Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs to your Super Bowl menu, one final selling point: Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs are slow-cooker friendly. Place the baked meatballs in your slow cooker, pour the apple butter barbeque sauce over the top, and boom! Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs are ready to party.
Sassy apple chicken meatballs, bathed in a sweet-tangy sauce, exploding with cheddar cheese: whichever team wins on Sunday, Cheese Stuffed Chicken Apple Meatballs are a guaranteed victory. Vegas can keep its odds—my bets are on the balls!
More apple butter!
- As we discussed last week, I’m a total commitment phobe, and apple butter is one ingredient I keep in my fridge at all times. I’m love apple butter smeared with peanut butter on toast for breakfast, and I bake with apple butter to create lighter baked treats, like these Apple Butter Dill Biscuits. For more applicious recipes, check out Musselman’s free e-recipe book and YouTube videos.
Musselman’s compensated me for my time to create this post and recipe. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.