Brighton + Brinley

OFFICE POTLUCK: BOURBON MEATBALLS

food and beverageGrace SorianoComment

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Hope everyone is going to have a BOOtiful day. Unfortunately, I'm working tonight, but will still get to have a ton of Halloween festivities this weekend.

I did get a bit of a pre-Halloween party yesterday though at our office Halloween potluck! There's really no better way to get over the dreaded Wednesday then a fun break from work with food, drinks, and decorations!

I was really indecisive on what I wanted to bring. A ton of  people were bringing sweet treats so I definitely wanted to bring more of an appetizer type dish. The only caveat was that I only have microwave access in my building so my dish had to be able to be microwaved. So, I went with a pretty solid staple of a potluck: meatballs.

I decided to base my recipe on the following

"Bourbon Meatballs" from Sunflower Supper Club

:

I made a shortcut with the meatballs and used frozen instead (don't judge!), but I followed the recipe for their bourbon sauce:

Ingredients:

1  cup ketchup

1  cup brown sugar, packed

1/4  cup finely minced onion

1/3  cup Bourbon Whiskey

1  tablespoon lemon juice

1  tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2  teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions:

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Add the meatballs and continue heating until meatballs are heated through.

A few items I added/changed:

- I cooked the onions with some crushed garlic before adding the rest of the wet ingredients

- I added salt and pepper to taste

- I eyed in some chili powder (just for a little kick!)

For the Bourbon Whiskey, I used Woodford Reserve which I was hesitant on since I would rather save that for drinking! Unfortunately, I didn't have time to run to the liquor store before it closed so I had to make due with what was already in the liquor cabinet.

And as far as I'm concerned, the results looked/tasted great:

They were a hit in the office and were the first dish to go (not to toot my own horn or anything)! I'll probably be keeping this recipe handy for future parties or events. I'm thinking it would go great for a Super Bowl party or our Annual Fantasy Football Draft Party!

I also decided to bring a six-pack of one of my favorite beers:

Bell's Brewery Two Hearted Ale

. I was pleasantly surprised at how many of my colleagues knew about it/enjoyed it! I'm definitely loving the craft beer love.

So, other than doing a bunch of cleaning at the house, that was the extent of my

Mischief Night

(yes, I was born and raised in Jersey). Tonight and the rest of the weekend should be just as exciting!