Buffalo Girls

By • June 7, 2011 • 34 Comments



Author Notes: A self-contained treat for a backyard hors d'oeuvre, and these girls love to come out at night.

I know, I know, Buffalo means Wings and they're traditionally made with, well, wings. Or drumettes. Work with me here; ground turkey is way more economical and available than ground chicken. Plus, it tends to come in a great blend of both light and dark meat for lots of flavor and good texture. The flavor of traditional wings is packed on the inside: bleu cheese, sour cream, Tabasco, celery. Best of all,these are missing those blasted bones, and your fingers aren't sliding around on that red, slippery skin.
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Serves 1 1/2 to 2 dozen miniature size 34a

  • 1 pound ground turkey, not low fat please
  • 1/2` cup sour cream
  • 4 stalks celery, washed, trimmed, fine dice
  • 4 ounces bleu cheese, crumbled or diced
  • 1 cup Panko, unseasoned
  • 2 tablespoons , or more, Tabasco because real girls embrace the heat
  • 2 teaspoons sea or kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Bowl of ice water for your scoop
  • 4 ounces butter, melted
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together turkey, Panko, sour cream, celery, bleu cheese, Tabasco, salt, and pepper. If you like your girls hotter, feel free to up the Tabasco. 2 tablespoons will leave you with a memorable glow. Glove up and use your hands to mix, or use a wooden spoon. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes so the Panko can adequately inflate.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter.
  3. Use whatever size ice cream scoop will best accommodate your girls. I use one that yields 2 or 3 dainty bites each. Dip it in ice water between every couple of scoops. Your girls want to have a perfect, rounded shape. Scoop and drop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. Leave an inch or so between each one so that your girls hold their shape and bake evenly. When all have been scooped, drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes depending on size. Girls should measure 165 degrees at their lovely centers on an instant-read thermometer, and they should be beautifully bronzed. Bleu cheese should be melty and celery crunchy.
  4. Note: if you wish to prepare and scoop your girls in advance, they can easily be frozen after the scooping step. Instead of leaving space between them, however, snuggle them up side by side. Be kind to your girls and wrap them snugly in plastic before freezing. Thaw overnight in the fridge, then separate the sisters by an inch or so on a baking sheet lined with parchment before baking.
  5. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes to cool to a temp that can be handled. Gently, of course. Serve on a platter or in a pointy parchment cone, and dance by the light of a winter's moon.

Tags: blue cheese, buffalo chicken, Tabasco

Comments (34) Questions (0)

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over 2 years ago Niknud

Great recipe. Love that you rolled all the wing accessories (blue cheese and celery) into your girls. And I'm all over the heavy-handed use of tobasco, cholula, sambel olek (or however you spell it), harissa and all things extremely spicy. There's a great hot sauce company in Boulder, CO that makes a smokey serano sauce that is to. die. for. Might sub here for the tobasco..... Saving the recipe!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oooh, the smokey serano sounds divine. And I could eat sambal olek on my toast! Sub away!

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over 2 years ago lorigoldsby

I remember these! ummm thank you for the reminder--I meant to save it then--

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

LOL! Gotta hang onto your girls!

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over 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Um, JUST MY SIZE! BWAhahahahaha! And yes, I will be using all of the tobasco. Missed these the first time around, LOVE them!!!!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You are too much! Gotta love the tabasco.

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

2 TABLESPOONS of Tabasco?! Girl, you must have asbestos on your digestive tract! I do love the line: real girls embrace the heat!

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

There was a time when that was a piece of cake!! aah the advantages of a cast iron stomach!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Yes, it's not a typing error. And I guess it's all relative. I honestly don't find these all that spicy - just the *glow*. And I do tend to have a pretty cast iron stomach. Maybe try them with less, and see what you think.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

That's what I thought!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

No mess!! YAY!!!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

That's the idea - the taste without the mess.

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about 3 years ago kdubu

the carnivore loves wings and I hate to fix them, so this definitely goes on the to do list!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

This satisfies the carnivore in my family as well. And I have a feeling he's much pickier than yours.

Dscn2212

about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

And dance by the light of the moon!

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about 3 years ago ChefMommy

I know a few girls who will enjoy these "girls". Guess we are having a party!!!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Dance by the light of the moon!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thanks for the no low fat affirmation.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Really? That's what I thought when I saw the package in the grocery store the other day. How much more low fat can it get than ground turkey?

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about 3 years ago lapadia

What a TASTY recipe and a FUN headnote, thanks for sharing!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you, it's been a pleasure!

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Mmm, mmm. These ladies look hot!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

I agree! I laughed when I read "miniature size 34A!" I've been buying ground bison lately -- do you think it would work here? And then they'd be the real-deal buffalo girls! : )

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Glad you're getting some good laughs. EmilyC, I love bison, and I think it would be great.

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

like the matter-of-fact 'no low fat please' instruction!

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

how could I have missed that miniature 34 A... OH LAWD!!! now I'm going to be giggling over this for the rest of the day!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Glad they made you giggle!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Love buffalo wings but I like this better, easier and less messy and sounds so tasty.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Maybe I've never had good ones, but un-crisp chicken skin gives me the willies. These get around that completely.

Hib_kitchen

about 3 years ago MyCommunalTable

I am so with you about un-crisp chicken skin. Love that this is easy. Sounds great.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I know, slimy chicken skin gives me the creeps. This recipe is brilliant.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Glad for your company, MCT and sd!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

LOL! Film at 11.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Love this!! You know I love the buffalo wing thing!