Tuesday, February 14, 2012

[recipe] Very low carb Buffalo Balls

Meat is good! Spicy meat is better! Spicy meat in convenient balls is best!

I found a wonderful blog called I Breathe... I'm Hungry with several good keto recipes, one of them for Buffalo Balls. This is a very simple concept: you make turkey meatballs and cover them in buffalo sauce, and they are awesome! Her sauce is just butter and Frank's, so of course Dan had to improve on it.

1 lb ground turkey
2 oz cream cheese, softened (1/3 less fat)
2 eggs
2 TBSP finely minced celery
3 TBSP crumbled cheese (blue is requested, but I used parmesan)
1/2 tsp black pepper

Mix together, ball up, and bake at 350 F for 10 minutes (15 if you are paranoid with poultry like me). Makes two dozen.

3 oz super sharp cheddar, finely sliced
6 oz cream cheese
1 TBSP butter
3 TBSP minced garlic
1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot

Dip balls or spoon sauce on top, and bake for another 10 minutes.

If you are using the original Frank's + butter sauce, she recommends dipping the balls and letting the sauce caramelize on top. But since this version has so much cheese, it was more like a nice and thick frosting.

Turkey: 776 cal, 43g fat, 90g protein
Cream Cheese: 448 cal, 32g fat, 16g sugar, 16g protein
Cheddar: 339 cal, 27g fat, 21g protein
Parmesan: 66 cal, 3g fat, 6g protein
Eggs: 140 cal, 10g fat, 2g sugar, 12g protein
Butter: 100 cal, 11g fat
Garlic: 40 cal, 9g carb, 0g sugar, 3g protein
Frank's: salt!

Total: 1909 calories (80 each ball)
126 g fat (5.25 g each)
148 g protein (6.17 g each)
21 g absorbable carbs (0.875 g each)

I probably shouldn't have eaten eight in one breath.

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