Ok, so how incredible was Beyonce’s halftime performance last night?! I’m pretty sure I’m the 1,237,912th person in the blogosphere to mention the stellar performance of Mrs. Jay Z, but I just had to mention it again. Honestly, I’m not even an obsessed fan of Beyonce’s like most people are, but after seeing her, I think maybe I am. She’s a goddess in every sense of the word and I’m going go out on a limb here and say that it was the best halftime show I’ve ever seen, possibly that anyone has ever seen. In the four hours and fourteen minutes that was the Super Bowl, the fifteen-minute show was the ONLY period where I kept my social mouth shut, didn’t say a word, and contently watched the TV.
If only I could dance and sing like her…..
So, because I’m talking about Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance, obviously you and I both know that the Super Bowl is over. And I’m pretty sure you’re tired of hearing about dips, cookies, cakes, pigs in a blanket, chili, and anything of that nature, but lucky for you I have one more little snack/appetizer that didn’t make it into last weeks post, but was just too scrumptious not to share.
Also, lucky for you (and me!) is the fact that these are super low in fat. This is partially due to the lovely fact that I weighed myself yesterday and realized that I have packed on quite a few pounds in the last four months. So, I immediately vowed to never ever eat another morsel of fattening food until after my wedding– that is of course with the exception of Valentine’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, bridal showers, baby showers, and birthdays – oh and Mexican nights.
These start out with my favorite low-fat Italian turkey sausage, for those of you that live in the KC area look for the Scimeca’s turkey Italian sausage, it’s the absolute best and nothing else that I’ve ever tried compares even a tiny little bit. For those of you that don’t live in the KC area, make sure to get an Italian turkey sausage that is breast meat only and doesn’t have a lot of extra additives that will basically counteract the whole reason we are using turkey sausage to begin with.
Ok, so the ground turkey Italian sausage is combined with a little bit of whole-wheat breadcrumbs (gotta stick with the “health” theme here!), egg white, and salt. Little meatballs are prepared from the mixture and enveloped around a little bit of blue cheese, popped in the oven to bake and because we all know that meatballs are ALWAYS better with sauce they are then coated in a sweet and spicy raspberry balsamic glaze.
Let’s sum up the way I feel about these…
Raspberry balsamic glaze + blue cheese + turkey Italian sausage +healthy = YES PLEASE!!
- Sausage Bites
- 3 oz creamy gorgonzola cheese
- 1 lb turkey Italian sausage (schmicas) with fennel seed
- ½ cup Italian style bread crumbs
- ½ onion grated
- 1 egg white
- Salt to taste
- Dipping Sauce:
- ½ cup raspberry preserves
- ⅛ cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Pinch of red pepper
- Pinch of Salt
- For the meatballs: Roll the blue cheese in small balls about the diameter of a dime. Freeze for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the remaining ingredients together, until just combined. Roll sausage mixture into small balls. Place the blue cheese in the middle, enclosing with meat. Bake on a silt pad until golden brown and cooked through, about 25 min, turning halfway through to ensure even browning.
- For the Dipping Sauce:
- Combine all ingredients together in small sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer about five minutes. Coat meatballs in sauce. Serve.