November 6, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Dip

A big part of our Sunday afternoons in the Fall is spent watching NFL football.  We're proud members of the Steeler Nation (but we live smack dab in the middle of Ravens Country, literally just minutes from their practice facilities).  Quite often, when there's a good 4 o'clock game on, we replace our regular family dinner at the table for a bunch of appetizers in front of the TV.  ( I figure sometimes the bonding we do in support of our favorite team is just as valuable as the bonding we do at the dinner table.)


Anyway, here is one of my favorite appetizers to make.  While I personally don't like actual buffalo wings (there's something I don't like about meat on the bone), I LOVE anything with buffalo wing flavor.  This dip is easy to make and really yummy.

I adapted the recipe slightly from THIS one I found on allrecipes.com.

Here's what you need:
  • approx. 1+ lbs of cooked chicken, shredded or cubed ( I usually cook 3 fairly large boneless breasts in the crockpot, then cut them up)
  • 2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, softened (reduced fat works fine, but not fat free)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing (or blue cheese)
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce  (you can adjust up or down according to the amount of heat you like)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • celery sticks, chips or crackers for serving

Here's what you do:

1.  Heat the cooked chicken and hot sauce in a large skillet over medium heat until heated through.  I think this step is the key to a yummy dip since the chicken pieces absorb a lot of the hot sauce flavor!


2.  Add the two softened bricks of cream cheese and the cup of ranch dressing.  Then stir until combined.


3.  Add half of the shredded cheddar cheese and stir again until combined.


4.  At this point, I usually transfer the dip to my crockpot and top with the remaining shredded cheese.  I'll keep it on low or warm and just scoop out some as I want it.  I like how the crockpot will keep it nice and warm and ready to eat throughout the game.  However, you could also just transfer it to a baking dish, top with the extra cheese, pop it in the oven to melt and then serve it immediately.


Hope you enjoy!  


And for any other Steelers' fans out there, 
let's hope this year we can get our 7th Lombardi Trophy!

The Come Together Kids' crew at Heinz Field!

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14 comments:

  1. I just found your blog and enjoy very much. It has such great ideas for things to do with my little one.

    Also, I had to comment on the football thing. We too are transplants from Steelers’ Nation plopped down in Baltimore. The animosity is palpable at times. I love reading the newspaper articles and seeing how often the Steelers are mentioned every week. A few months ago an article claimed that Roethlisberger got married two weeks prior to Flacco just so he could try and steel some of his thunder. It is always amusing.

    I am always surprised that I do see my fair share of Steelers’ fans proudly out in their black and gold. In my opinion, this definitely seems like a rivalry brewed by the Ravens because in all my years of being a Steelers fan in Pittsburgh the Ravens never came up as “our rival”. It always used to be the Browns. Now we play the Ravens just about every year 3 times a year with the playoffs and generally nock them out of the running so maybe that has something to do with it. And now this year with practically a whole new team the sports broadcasters are really playing up the rivalry angle. It ought to be an interesting game tonight! ;) Here’s to number 7.

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  2. You can also make this is the crock pot!

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  3. This sounds so delicious! I can't wait to try it!

    I'd love for you to link up and share:
    http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/11/pinteresting-linky-party-week-twelve.html

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  4. I just got excited thinking you maybe lived in Pittsburgh. I am now snooping and seeing that I think you were just visiting. I am in Pittsburgh for 1.5 more years. If you do live here we should get together for a craft!!!

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  5. Hi Laura! What a gorgeous blog you have here....so many wonderful posts to read! I am still very new to the blogosphere and hope to join your holiday linky once I start posting some ideas. I am your newest follower! :)

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  6. For those that are dairy free...use soaked and pureed cashews! I've made a variation of this...and it's delicious.

    Thanks for sharing, Laura!

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  7. looks yummy! adding it to my recipe list of "must try"!

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  8. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing, found you from TT&J.~Merrilee

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  9. Hahaha we do the same Sunday night dinner ritual for good 4 o'clock games! It never fails to amaze me how big Steeler Nation is! No matter where in the world we go, my husband's Steeler cap is sure to draw fellow Steeler fans over for a conversation. Go Steelers :)

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