I think this time of year, is when we begin to break those New Year’s resolutions. Or we use our cheat days more often. Its the time of year football fans look forward too, it’s the Big Game time. I can safely say that I have not seen our favorite team in the Big Game in my life time and I am not sure with their egos, and constant penalties that we ever will. But that doesn’t mean I can get behind at least one of the teams and root for them to win.
Aside from watching the game, and taking votes on the best commercial of the night, the things we look forward is the game day food. It’s a bit of a running competition on who can make the best appetizer on game day. We don’t really make a big meal, but we eat all throughout the day, lament the state of our team, and graze on the dishes we have prepared before hand. How do you spend the Big Game Day. We usually bring out the desserts along the way when we have had enough of the savory. Basically, its an all day veg fest. LOL.
This year I want to really knock it out of the park. I enjoy the savory quite a bit more than the sweet. I want something that will wow the tastebuds and keep my guests coming back for more. It’s no secret that we love Mexican food. Typically when we are doing appetizers for a big day we will have a Mexican leaning. Recently we have discovered Chorizo.
Chorizo is Mexican sausage that is oh so tasty. It can range from being very spicy hot to mildly spicy. But the flavor profile is amazing. Its a very intense kind of sausage that is very red in color. Each brand you buy can have a variation of flavor. The best chorizo I have found is by far Johnsonville. The flavor is very unctuous, and the sausage has the right amount of fat ratio to the sausage, making it the perfect meat for tacos or in this case meatballs.
Meatballs are a natural pairing for a day full of appetizers. I knew making these little morsels of goodness would please the crowd and keep everyone coming back for more. When creating any dish the key is to strike balance. I have found that mixing the Johnsonville chorizo with ground pork and few other spiced and aromatics creates the perfect bite. For me I love the spice level and flavor balance of Johnsonville chorizo. This sausage allows me to create a flavorful meatball that allows those beautiful spices to shine through. I will continue to choose Johnsonville chorizo.
Here’s how I made my Game Day Chorizo Meatballs:
- 1lb Johnsonville Chorizo
- 1lb Ground Pork
- ¼ onion, finely chopped
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg (optional)
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together until just combined, careful not to over mix.
- Roll into even ball shapes and bake at 350 for 20 min.
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