Ok, it’s deep dark confession time. Yes, I’m a healthy eater but I love boneless buffalo wings, they’re definitely my favorite bar food and something I reserve as a rare and very special treat to myself. That being said, I have tried for quite awhile to come up with a healthy alternative to the boneless buffalo wing, one that is completely guilt-free. Here’s the result….
These meatballs are really delicious and definitely satisfy that craving for a buffalo wing. The sauce can be hot or mild, your choice. I will say though that I think a mild sauce allows for you to be able to actually taste the meatball itself and that’s important because this meatball is absolutely delicious. It is a light, summer-friendly meatball and I highly recommend eating them on their own without the sauce as a variation to this dish. You could also substitute beef for the turkey.
I’m used to hosting dinners and I have a certain calm confidence when I have to do so as I think it’s easier than hosting a lunch or brunch. I had the opportunity to host family and friends for a Fall lunch a few weeks ago. So, it took some planning for me. I try to plan my meal around the season when I entertain as it’s easier to cook with what’s in season and I think it’s another way to not only celebrate the season but to celebrate all the lovely foods that go along with it. Being that it’s Fall I wanted a light lunch filled with flavor that could be served in courses as I knew it would be a social meal filled with stories and memories. A meal served in courses gives your guests a chance to relax and have plenty of time for conversation.
I served these mini Panini sandwiches filled with roasted turkey, provolone cheese and garnished with fig preserves and fresh sage. I used turkey tenderloins because when sliced they fit perfectly onto the French baguette that I used. The fig preserves gave a subtle sweetness and that punch of fresh sage made it earthy and fresh. They were very well received! My guests commented that they loved the idea of having mini sandwichs as opposed to one big sandwich.
I served my roasted butternut squash soup as the first course followed by the mini Panini sandwiches with a simple cabbage slaw. Pumpkin cake was our delicious dessert. The best part was I got to relax and enjoy the meal as well. I prepared the soup, cabbage slaw and cake the night before. The only thing I had to do was roast the turkey, assemble the sandwiches, and place them into the Panini press. And I must say, roasting that turkey made the house smell sensational.
This sandwich is like Thanksgiving dinner contained in a delicious, melty package!
I enjoy finding new and unique food items and then creating recipes using those items. True story, I was shopping for a rug at Marshalls/TJ Maxx and of course, found myself perusing through the gourmet food aisle. Typically there’s the usual bottles of BBQ sauce and bags of dry pasta. But this particular day I happened across a jar of all natural fig preserves. I love fig products. Fig balsamic (my favorite flavor of vinegar), fig bars and don’t even get me thinking about fig newtons! Anyway, I digress…
This delicious sandwich is made with deli turkey, swiss cheese, a chiffonade of fresh sage leaves and fig preserves contained within two thick cut slices of sourdough bread. Wow, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I’ve served it here with a garden salad for a complete meal.