I would be lying if I told you I love watching the Superbowl. Sports have never been my thing. However, I am actually a fan of Superbowl Sunday. Growing up, my aunt would host a big party. Nowadays, my brother typically throws some sort of get-together. Because of this, the Superbowl has always been an occasion to hang out with family and friends (some of whom I haven’t seen since the holidays). Plus, there is the added benefit of tons of delicious food.

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

Over the years, I’ve come to love the game-day staples such as wings, potato chips, dips of every kind, and of course, Lit’l Smokies. To me, those bites of goodness are essential to complete the party food round-up. In the past, I’ve wrapped them in bacon and simmered them in a delicious sauce in a slow cooker, but this year I wanted to try something a little different.

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

So, I decided to combine them with two of my favorite things: buffalo sauce and blue cheese.

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

Let me tell you, it’s a winning combination!

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

If you’re anything like me and like blue cheese and buffalo sauce together, these are going to be magic in your mouth. I also love how easy these are to prepare. It will certainly make your game day entertaining a breeze.

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

Does melted cheese make anyone else instantly start salivating?

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

Okay, okay. Enough, teasing. Let me show you how to make them.

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies

Here's what you'll need:
1 package Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies
1 can (8 oz.) crescent rolls
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Buffalo Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
6 tablespoons buffalo wing sauce
4 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.

Open the can of crescent rolls. Using the perforations on the dough, divide into 8 triangles. Cut each triangle, lengthwise, into three pieces.

On the larger end of the triangle place a Lit'l Smokie and add a little of the blue cheese crumbles to either side. Carefully roll up the dough around the Lit'l Smokie and the blue cheese crumbles. Then, place them on a cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.

Bake 15 -18 minutes until golden brown.

For the Buffalo Dipping Sauce, combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Whisk until smooth and well blended.

Print

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

Delicious, right? I told you!

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

Okay, now I’m warning you. This is where things are going to get a little weird. A really good weird, though. Remember how our parents told us not to play with our food? Well, today I’m throwing that advice right out of the window.

As you probably figured out, I don’t actually watch the Superbowl, except for the halftime show. (And the commercials, you gotta love the commercials!) Anyway, this year Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be taking the stage (a far cry from last year’s Beyonce, but I’ll take it).

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

Over in my humble kitchen, however, IBC and the Lit’l Smokies will be taking the stage.

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

Yes, I created this adorable mini-band out of Lit’l Smokies and crescent rolls.

I’m all about the finishing details when it comes to entertaining and I’m pretty sure my little edible band will make quite the impression. What do you think?

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

As you can see, I made a tiny microphone out of sliced carrots and toothpicks. I even crafted a guitar. Plus, some paper straws, bakers twine, and washi tape make a banner for the stage. Too cute, right? I should point out that one of the band members is none other than Jabba the Hutt. He plays a mean guitar.

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

It’s all about the presentation, isn’t it?

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Lit'l Smokies | Inspired by Charm

All right folks, I think that’s it for today. For more game day recipes and entertaining ideas check out my “I Entertain for the Big Game” board on Pinterest!

What’s your favorite game day snack?

This post was created as part of my collaboration with Hillshire Farm. As always, the thoughts and ideas are my own.

I would be lying if I told you I love watching the Superbowl. Sports have never been my thing. However, I am actually a fan of Superbowl Sunday. Growing up, my aunt would host a big party. Nowadays, my brother typically throws some sort of get-together. Because of this, the Superbowl has always been an […]




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First things first. My sincere apologies for disappearing from IBC this week. As you may or may not know, I’ve been on the road for the past nine days. Last Wednesday I was in NYC for three days with my friends from Better Homes and Gardens (more on that tomorrow). Then, from Saturday through Thursday I was in Las Vegas for a family vacation (more on that next week). While I managed to keep things moving for Fall Cookie Week, I clearly dropped the ball while in Las Vegas. Anyway, I’m back. And, as I mentioned, I will fill you in on all of that stuff soon plus share some exciting news about the month of October.

In the meantime, I’ve been dying to tell you about this recipe for Blue Cheese-Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs. They are insanely delicious. I actually made them a few weeks ago and knew I had to put the recipe on IBC.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

The inspiration for this recipe comes from the always fabulous, drool-worthy Iowa Girl Eats. She created a recipe for Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. Since buffalo sauce and blue cheese are like peanut butter and jelly to me, I decided to give her recipe a little twist.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

I also couldn’t find ground chicken at my grocery store (Limited shopping is a disadvantage of living in a small town.), so I substituted turkey. To be honest, when it’s ground up and covered in buffalo sauce, I’m not sure I could tell the difference.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

I doubled this recipe and I’m so glad I did. These are incredibly delicious meat balls They have a nice spicy-kick to them as well, so be warned. This recipe may also be somewhat healthier due to the lean meat and egg white instead of a whole egg. (To cut even more calories and fat, you could use less butter in the final steps.)

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Okay, let me tell you how to whip these up.

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs

Here’s what you will need:
1 lb. ground turkey
1/4 small red onion, grated
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 egg white
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon powdered Ranch Dip mix
4 ounce block blue cheese cheese, cut into 1/2” cubes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup buffalo wing sauce

Let’s get cooking:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. With a fork, stir together turkey, onion, garlic, egg white, bread crumbs, and ranch dip mix in a large bowl. Mix until just combined. This recipe will make 16 meatballs. Divide mixture into quarters, then make each quarter into 4 balls.

Press a cube of blue cheese into the center of each ball then form the mixture around cheese to seal. Roll into a ball.

Place meatballs on a non-stick sprayed cooling rack set on top of a baking sheet and then bake for 16-18 minutes or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Then add buffalo wing sauce and stir to combine. Add cooked meatballs to skillet using a spoon to coat them with sauce. Place a lid on the skillet and turn heat to low to keep the meatballs warm.

Alternatively. you can finish the meatballs in a slow cooker like I did. Simply put the butter, buffalo wing sauce, and meatballs into a slow cooker and set on high for about 20 minutes or until warm.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Let me tell you these are amazing.

If you are a blue cheese lover like I am, that little pocket of cheese goodness is kind of magical.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Thanks again to Iowa Girl Eats for the incredible inspiration. I’m off to unpack and catch up on some work. What do you have planned for the weekend?

First things first. My sincere apologies for disappearing from IBC this week. As you may or may not know, I’ve been on the road for the past nine days. Last Wednesday I was in NYC for three days with my friends from Better Homes and Gardens (more on that tomorrow). Then, from Saturday through Thursday […]




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