Friday, January 18, 2013

Creole Chicken Artichoke Balls


Sports Fanatic!

I have to admit everyone in my house is a sports fanatic. We love all sports, football, basketball, baseball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, you name it and we love it!

But you can't watch sports without something to eat!


It's football time and I am getting ready for my super bowl party. A little background on my super bowl parties. I have been having super bowl parties since I was about 13 years old.

I would plan a party invite all my older brothers friends, cook all the food and he would come home and say why did he find out I was having a party from his friends and not me?

My parties became so popular because the food was excellent and I was just as rowdy as the boys when it was game time.

I would make fried chicken, fried fish, dips, hot wings, you name it and I was cooking it. I happen to be the only girl in a party full of big boys but I held my own and I always picked the winning team.

When I met Big Goo he was lucky he loved sports because he would have gotten only one date. Anyone who was going to date me, must love sports.

The funny part is when Big Goo came to one of my sports parties and was trying to figure out why everyone there was a guy, except me!

I told him you  have to accept that all my sports buddies are guys and they have been coming to my parties for years.

Big Goo asked me was this even legal (yes, we were betting on sports, don't tell anyone) hey, I was a minor and I always won.

Big Goo has gotten over the initial shock 20 years later.  And we have turned my baby girl into the next generation of a party planning sports fanatic, without the betting of course.


I decided to have a cooking session to decide which appetizers I think would hold up to all the screaming and yelling that will take place super bowl day!

This is so simple, just take artichokes, pre-cooked chicken, cheese, onions, and a little seasonings and mix well.


Create a dredging station which includes panko bread crumbs, lightly seasoned, a flour station and an egg station.

 

Roll these babies into golf ball size balls and dredge them. This is what you will end up with. Look at them saying, fry me! You could bake them if you want, but it's the super bowl people, fry them!


These could be called golden nuggets, look at them. It just takes about 5 minutes of fry time.


After you fry all the balls, drain them on paper towels and allow them to cool slightly.


When you pop them open yell TOUCHDOWN!


I like to serve these with a side of minced red and green onions, lots of hot sauce and ranch dressing if you like.


Creole Chicken Artichoke Balls

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20 medium size balls

Ingredients:

1 c. chicken, precooked, chopped
2 14 oz cans of artichokes, drained
1 pack of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 c. gouda cheese, grated
1/2 c. jack cheese, grated
3/4 c. cheddar cheese, grated
2 eggs
1 c. dry Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. creole seasonings
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 c. red onion, minced
1/4 c. green onion, minced

For the Dredging Station:

2 c. panko
2 c. flour
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. creole seasoning
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:

In a food processor, blend all ingredients well. I did this in two batches then mixed everything together well in a bowl.

By rounded tablespoons shaped mixture into balls about the size of golf balls and set aside.

Prepare the dredging station. In three bowls create a dredging station. Put panko, black pepper and creole seasoning in bowl 1.

Place flour in bowl 2, place beaten eggs and cayenne pepper in bowl 3.

Take each ball in place in flour first, tap off excess flour in your hand like if the balls were marbles.
Step 2, drop floured ball in eggs and roll around removing excess egg from ball.
 
To cook, in a large pan heat oil to 350 degrees and fry balls for about 5 minutes or until golden brown turning regularly to make sure all sides brown evenly.

Drain and serve with a side of Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce.


2 comments:

  1. I've only been following your blog for a few weeks but I gotta say your recipes are AWESOME! Loving every bite! This one is amazing - what an idea! My mouth is watering right now, and don't you know I have all the ingredients! I think I have something I need to do! NOW! ;)

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    1. Thank you JJ,
      These are really good, they were even good the next day. I reheated them in the oven 350 degrees about 5-7 minutes and they were still crispy. I am making them again for the Superbowl. I can't wait.
      Thank You
      Lisa

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