Spicy Buffalo Sausage Meatballs

Good Morning Everybody! I cannot believe today is Thursday. I am really looking forward to this weekend because Mother Nature is blessing us with cold weather here in NoVa, which is something I have been looking forward to since we moved back to the east coast. I mean, I’ve spent the last 12 months in sunny, hot {dry or humid} climates, but no cold, wintery or fall days.

More than a year ago Nick and I moved to the Mexican border where we experienced nothing but hot days, dry air, and a bright ball of sun beating down on us every single day. We had just missed the monsoon season in Arizona last September {I still have a hard time believing they have a monsoon season. I mean, randomly heavy rain showers every day does not equate to monsoon season}. Anyway, I saw one rainy day in Arizona and it was in late September or early October. I remember because we were still living in a hotel and I kept thinking this place may not be so bad if the chill that comes along with the rain is more frequent. That did not happen.

For eight months I lived in hot Arizona and then moved back to the east coast at the end of spring. Northern Virginia is borderline part of the south. I mean, some people talk with a southern accent that is unexplainable {unless they originate from the South} and the weather has mocked me all summer long. I don’t think that the D.C. area constitutes the South, but the weather here is incredibly similar – sticky, hot, humid and really no reprieve.

I grew up in Pennsylvania where summer days were long and hot, but we could always count on several cool, rainy days. With the rain, the temperature changed and those occasional unseasonably cool days made me happy and excited for transition to fall and winter.

It has been cool exactly one day this summer in Northern Virginia. Now that it is officially Fall, I have patiently waited for cool, crisp weather, while consistently complained when mother nature failed to deliver.

This weekend Mother Nature is going to pull through.

I am excited.

I am excited to cook ‘fall’ food and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream over flowing from the cup.

Did I seriously write an entire page about weather?! Really, what is my life coming to?

Let’s get to food. Last night I became a crazed foodie with ideas for dinner. Usually that means I have no idea what to make and am frantically trying to bring something together. I found this awesome recipe over on Rachael Ray's website for meatballs and wanted to make them. So that’s what I did. I paired them with this phenomenal pasta recipe, which I will share with you next week.

I adapted the meatballs a little bit to our tastes & what I had in our house. So today I give you Spicy Buffalo Sausage Meatballs. {Sounds weird, I know… I didn’t have ground chicken so I substituted spicy sausage}

Nutritional Information
Serving size: 4 meatballs
Calories: 100
Fat: 8.8 g
Carbohydrates: 1.6 g
Fiber: .4 g
Protein: 3.2 g
Points+: 3

 Here is what you will need:

  • Olive oil
  • 4 spicy sausage links, casings removed
  • ½ small onion, fine dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ cup hot sauce + a couple of tablespoons

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground sausage with the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and hot sauce
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet
  • Roll the mixture into about 20 meatballs and line them on the baking sheet

  • Drizzle the meatballs with more hot sauce and olive oil
  • Place in the oven and bake until the meatballs are cooked through and golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes

  • EAT!

They are super simple, deliciously spicy and would pair well with any pasta dish or be a great appetizer or snack. One of the best things about this recipe is it only includes a few ingredients and these are relatively healthy to eat! We were so impressed and LOVED them so much!

I hope you all give them a try. They are such a delicious twist on the regular meatball.

Until Next Time,

Happy Meatballin’

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