Anytime I'm invited to a party, my first thought is, I wonder what kind of food they'll serve? A good guest list is nice, a theme is fun, and hooray if it's a cool venue but if it's a party with drinks and a cheese plate, in the words of my favorite internet celebrity, "ain't nobody got time for that." Look, we can hug and air kiss and squeal at seeing each other at a party, but you should know I'm basically just zeroing in on the dessert table and on the folks passing the fancy apps around.
So when this month's Blogger CLUE theme was revealed as "celebrate," I thought it was perfect for the holiday season but even more perfect given my love of party food. I was super excited to be paired with Lea Ann again because her fantastic Baked Ziti is a regular in our dinner lineup! If you're not familiar with her blog, Cooking on the Ranch, it's the best combination of hearty meals and fun treats that are perfect for a party of 1 or 100.
Take a look at her Chocolate Tart! Can someone please invite me to a party and make this? Heck, we don't even need a party. Just make this, send it to me, and I'll eat it in my pajamas, in front of the tv and call it a party. Or her Creamy Banana Coffee Cake. If you make this for a party, please make two because I'm sure I can eat a whole one by myself.
As much as I wanted to make a party dessert from her blog, I've already eaten a year's worth of desserts this month so I wanted to do a savory party dish (who am I?!). I was scrolling on through when I happened on her Mexican Meatballs with Queso. Oh hello!
Now, I don't normally consider meatballs to be party food because my allegiance to spaghetti and meatballs is strong. But then I remembered that I was once invited to a party where the host served meatballs drenched in BBQ sauce in a crock-pot. I'd never seen meatballs in a party setting before, much less in a crock-pot, and I pretty much lost my mind. I spent the entire party parked squarely in front of the crock-pot, eating my weight in meatballs. I vaguely remember that at one point, the Hubster tried to grab my hand to force me to move. He lost because I'm a dead weight when meatballs are involved.
I made up a giant batch of Lea Ann's meatballs on a regular ol' weeknight. I served 'em with fancy little toothpicks, and we ate them standing around our kitchen counter, drinking water out of plastic toddler Ikea cups. We were celebrating just another week of food and family which is definitely worthy of celebration. And these meatballs were delicious! I can only assume they'd be even more perfect for a real party, drenched with some sauce and served in a grand ol' crock-pot.
20 oz. ground turkey
1 cup quick oats
1 cup milk
1/2 onion, diced finely
1 tablespoon oil
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
Extra oil for frying
Heat oil in skillet. Fry diced onion until translucent. Mix with remaining ingredients. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of meat, roll into ball. Repeat with remaining meat mixture. Heat additional oil in skillet and fry meatballs. Serve with BBQ sauce, marinara, or queso.
For more Blogger CLUE, take a look at:
- A Savory Cheesecake by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Almond Shortbread Cookies by Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Black Forest Trifle by Rebekah from Making Miracles
- Blueberry Lemon Bars by Anna from annaDishes
- Bourbon Apricot Meatballs by Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Cheesy Garlic Blooming Loaf by Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Cookie Dough Cheese Ball by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Handcrafted Baileys Irish Cream by Debra from Eliot's Eats
- Henri's Tastee Dressing by Kate from Kate's Kitchen
- Homemade Onion Rosemary Bread by Kim from Liv Life
- Italian Anisette Cookies by Sue from A Palatable Pastime
- Party Meatballs by Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- San Permis Sparkling Cocktail by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Tartiflette by Kate from Kate's Kitchen
- The Randy Reindeer by Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
- White Chocolate Chip Cookie Soufflés by Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook