What happens when you combine two popular tailgating foods? You end up with saucy, spicy and poppable Carrot Habanero Duck Meatballs.
It’s the classic story (or is it?) buffalo wings and meatballs line my plate at the party. I finish the wings but there is extra sauce on my plate, so I casually move a meatball or two over to swish it around into that buttery, spicy sauce for a quick coating on my beloved meatball.
Mmmm. . .that tastes good. . . it would taste even better if it was cooked this way from the start. This would certainly be a cleaner way to eat and enjoy the buffalo flavor not to mention a fun way to experiment. Think of all the meats you can meatball, beef, bison, turkey, chicken and duck.
Hold on duck? Uh yeah! What? You only though duck was sold whole or in the form of breast? You were wrong, if you have a meat grinder you turn anything into ground meat. Who has the time for that though? I don’t, so luckily the folks at Maple Leaf Duck Farm do and thought of our need for ground duck. Did you know this a cut that’s nearly impossible to find? I know because I’ve looked.
Seriously though the possibilities are endless once you start with a bit of ground duck, especially because it’s a meat that loves bold flavors. Think burgers, meatloaf, homemade sauce, chili.
I wanted meatballs though because it’s the perfect food to prepare in large amounts for a party or for tailgating. Make them golfball size or a smidge smaller for little one bite eats.
With my duck meatballs in hand the decision to “buffalo sauce” them, I had to figure out exactly what that sauce would be. Sure the traditional Franks and butter is delicious for a good reason. But it’s duck, shouldn’t we be doing something special? Now you know I’m not a hot food person but sauces at Intensity Academy are good, it’s run by an awesome saucy woman (yeah female entrepreneurs!).
Carrot + Habanero + Duck just screamed for the perfect saucy answer.
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