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Buffalo Turkey Pretzel Bites CARLA HALL

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The ultimate party snack!

ingredients
BUFFALO TURKEY PRETZEL BITES
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion (peeled, finely diced)
1 carrot (peeled, finely diced)
1 rib celery (peeled, finely diced)
1/2 pound ground turkey (50% white meat, 50% dark meat)
1/3 cup hot sauce
1 (9-ounce) bag store-bought soft pretzel bites (thawed)
1 cup mozzarella (cut into 1/4-inch cubes)
1/2 cup blue cheese (crumbled)
1/4 cup scallions (sliced thinly on a bias)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

directions
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the carrot and celery, cooking for another 2 minutes. Stir in the ground turkey, breaking up the meat into small pieces with potato masher or wooden spoon. Continue browning until turkey is cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the hot sauce, stirring together until mixture is thoroughly coated. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Meanwhile, cut a slit down the middle of each pretzel bite. Using a wooden skewer or the end of a spoon, create a hole in the center of the cut side, and press the insides down, forming a pocket of space. The pretzel, cut side up should resemble an empty boat. Place 1 mozzarella square into the bottom of each pretzel bite, then fill 3/4 full with the turkey mixture. Top each bite with blue cheese crumbles. Remove the filled bites to prepared sheet tray and place on the center rack in the preheated oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5-6 minutes.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, garnish with scallions and serve.
Tip: Hollow out a jalapeno, fill with any leftover turkey and cheese and bake in the oven at 400ºF for 5-6 minutes for a second party appetizer!

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