Do you ever just crave a meatball? Do you ever just crave a meatball with peaches? How about bourbon? Yes I was craving all of these things at once. I promise you I am not a lush. I do not sip on tumblers of straight bourbon every night. Only days that end in “y.” Ha, no I am really kidding. I don’t drink the stuff t0o often, but bourbon is just one of those ingredients that brings a lot of flavor into the dishes you so love. I decided to go out on a limb today and make turkey meatballs with a bourbon, peach BBQ sauce. I threw it on a ciabatta slider bun and topped that bun with an Asian slaw. The result…oh…my…God. There were so many flavors going on, I don’t even know where to begin!
I like to think of these little sliders as a dish that brings Asia, Italy and the United States together. It’s like the United Nations of meatball sliders! The meatball is a combination of the great flavors of Italy with parmesan, parsley, bread crumbs and more. The slaw is totally Asian through and through. With a mixture of tamari, peanut butter, edamame, pine nuts and more. The BBQ. Well I’m not sure about that. I think it’s mostly a basic description of all of the ingredients I love and enjoy. BBQ is American. I’m an American, so let’s just call it an “American” sauce =). At first glance, the flavors don’t seem like they mesh, and seriously while I was making them, I was scared for the outcome. They ended up being one of the best meatball sliders I’ve ever had. I was so pleased…and so was Zach =).
This recipe is confusing, I’m not going to lie. There are a ton of ingredients (many of which I’m sure that you have in your pantry), and there are literally three recipes in one. I tried to make it as easy to follow as I could, so hopefully it works out for everyone!
I wanted to go with a beer that wasn’t going to take over this slider. I didn’t see how it really could happen because there are so many bold flavors going on I don’t think there is a beer out there that would take over. Except for maybe Green Flash’s Palate Wrecker. Although delicious, it literally wrecks your palate. You should try it though! I’m sure it will be the hoppiest beer you’ve ever had! Anyway, at first I was thinking an IPA. The dish is a bit spicy. Spicy and IPA go very well together, but there are too many other flavors going on. An IPA wasn’t enough. I decided to go with a simple porter, but a good one, and Founder’s Porter
I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. We have lots of fun recipes cooked up for the weekend and I can’t wait to share them with you! Have a great night!