This is a happy time of year! Yep, now some are not going to agree but for me I`ve been waiting months. Yes, it`s that time again!! Are you ready for some football! Yes, it`s only preseason but that works for me, doing a total happy dance with the start of the regular season only a couple of short weeks away! Tailgating or Sunday with friends, wings, bbq, sliders or today`s feature & this simple man`s plan to better eating, Crowd Pleaser Jalapeño Popper Meatballs. Ok & yes, another meatball recipe. If you`ve been hanging around Chile and Salt you know my feelings about them, I LOVE them!! And these particular little balls of tender, juicy, meaty, cheesey, spicy goodness are nothing less than AMAZING! Seriously, let`s say 2 game day favorites, your basic meatball & the forever popular Jalapeño Popper got together & had a baby. Shazam!! Crowd Pleaser Jalapeño Popper Meatballs were born. You need these for your next get together. Better yet you can make a batch in a snap. These took about 15 minutes to throw together & 25 minutes to cook. They also freeze & reheat perfectly so double or triple the batch to have extra on hand for a no brainer, heat & eat appetizer.
Here`s what you`ll need for your Crowd Pleaser Jalapeño Popper Meatballs:
Makes about 32 Meatballs
Ground Turkey- 1 lb (or meat of your choice)
Jalapeño Peppers- 3-4, seeds & veins removed
Low Fat Cream Cheese- 3oz
Jack Cheese- 1/2 cup grated (Or cheese of your choice)
Panko Bread Crumbs- 1/2 cup
Garlic- 2-4 cloves minced
Onion- 1/4 cup finely chopped
Chili Powder- 2 teaspoons
Salt- 1 teaspoon
Ground Cumin- 1 teaspoon
The starting line up.Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Now start with your prep. Finely chop the onion, seed devein & finely chop the jalapeño`s & mince the garlic.Grate the cheese. I used Pepper Jack but use what you have or like.Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl & stir until evenly combined. Don`t over mix because this`ll lead to tougher meatballs. We want them nice & tender.Line a baking sheet with foil & give it a quick hit of cooking spray. About 1 Tablespoon at a time form the meatballs. Dampen your hands with a little water & the meat mixture won`t stick to your fingers. These are pretty much perfect bites. Feel free to make them bigger of you`d like, you`ll just need to increase the cooking time a bit. Place the baking tray in the oven & cook for about 25 minutes or until cooked through. That`s it! So easy right but trust me, these are going to fly of the plate!
Plate & enjoy your Crowd Pleaser Jalapeño Popper Meatballs! Feel free to serve with Ranch dressing on the side but you don`t really need it.
Take a look at a few of my other meatball recipes.
Albondigas en Salsa Chipotle (Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce) Healthed Up
Game Day Buffalo Turkey Meatballs
Thai Curry Coconut Chicken Meatballs
Albondigas de Camaron (Shrimp Meatballs) in Guajillo-Tomato Broth
Aunt Emma`s German Meatballs