I love my slow cooker, but I might be in the minority of people who won’t leave it on while I’m away from home. On the off chance that a fire is sparked, I really can’t bring myself to setting and forgetting because we have a
baby dog who is home during the day and he doesn’t have opposable thumbs to help him escape a burning building.
This means my weeknight slow cooker recipes have to be relatively quick (~2-4 hours once I get home from work). Why even cook with a slow cooker then? I think you get better flavor from many dishes by using a slow cooking method….much like one pot pastas there’s something to be said for the whole meal simmering together with juices, seasonings, and fresh ingredients.
Enter these delicious slow cooker buffalo meatballs – only 2 hours on high, and tasty enough to serve as an entree! And speaking of tasty, that’s where I got the recipe – from Buzzfeed Tasty. Amazing creators of indulgent 1 minute recipe videos.
You can watch Tasty’s video here (I mean, really, how easy do they make cooking look?)
Or follow my slightly altered recipe below (including the omission of bleu cheese, because I’m not a fan, man):
- For the sauce:
- ½ stick of non-salted butter, cubed
- 2 cups Frank's Buffalo sauce
- For the meatballs:
- 3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
- ½ a medium white onion, very finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced (jarred is fine)
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
- Optional: Ranch for dipping/drizzling, and veggie sticks.
- Set slow cooker to low and melt together Frank’s Buffalo sauce and butter.
- In a large bowl combine all meatball ingredients and mix thoroughly with your hands.
- Pinch off golf ball sized portions and roll into a ball.
- Once all meatballs are formed, insert them into the Frank’s/butter mixture in your slow cooker, making sure that each ball is well coated in buffalo sauce.
- Turn your slow cooker to high and cook 1.5 - 2 hours or until meatballs are cooked through.
- Optional: serve (or drizzle) with ranch and veggie sticks.
- Serve as an appetizer or main dish, and enjoy!
Not only are these meatballs meaty and flavorful, but they are spiiiiicy! Though not unbearably hot, they did have a great kick that was settled satisfactorily with a side of ranch and veggies.