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Cheese Stuffed BBQ Buffalo Meatballs

D'Artagnan | Yield: makes about 18 meatballs
Tasty buffalo meatballs are made even better when stuffed with cheddar cheese and topped with smoky barbecue sauce. These are super easy to prepare and make a great appetizer for parties.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup whole milk
  • 1 pound Ground Buffalo
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 18 small (1/2-inch cubes) cheddar cheese
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce

Preparation

  1. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs and milk. Let mixture sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. To a mixing bowl, add breadcrumb mixture, buffalo, parmesan cheese, oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and the egg. Mix until evenly combined, being careful not to overmix.
  4. Divide meatball mixture into 1-ounce portions (a 1-ounce cookie scoop makes quick work of this). Press 1 cheese cube into each portion, wrap the meat around it and roll into a ball. Make sure each piece of cheese is completely encased in the meatball.
  5. Place meatballs on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let meatballs rest for a few minutes then top with BBQ sauce and serve.