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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

My ultra-keen, super sleuthing skills (errr… google), have led me to discover that it is currently football season.

Football and I may be strangers, but tailgating-type munchies and I are the dearest of friends.

Chicken wings are always a popular pick when it comes to football-watching munchies. And people go wild for all sorts of chicken wing flavored goodies, like Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins and Chicken Wing Dip.

The next time you’re in charge of the snacks for a big game, try these spicy chicken wing meatballs. They’ve got the celery and blue cheese baked right into the chicken!! Definitely winning!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  •  1 egg
  •  1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  •  1/4 cup onion, finely diced
  •  1/2 cup celery, finely diced
  •  1/2 cup gorgonzola (or other bleu cheese) cheese, crumbled
  •  1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable or olive oil, to grease the baking dish

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub the bottom of a large baking dish with a bit of oil, to prevent the meatballs from sticking.

Combine all meatball ingredients until well-blended. (The mixture may feel a bit sticky.) Roll the mixture into one inch balls. Place in a single layer in the baking dish and bake for about 25 minutes.

Combine the Frank’s Red Hot with the melted butter. For a milder sauce, add more butter or decrease the hot sauce.

Pour the sauce over the meatballs and serve!

Makes about 2 dozen. You can easily double or triple this recipe for a big crowd!

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Chicken Wing Dip

You’re just gonna have to trust me on this one, because the pictures don’t do it justice. In fact, the appearance of the dip doesn’t do itself justice. Have you ever had the experience where your perception of a person’s physical appearance changes, for better or worse, once you get to know their personality a bit? You know, when Ms. Bombshell Blond or Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome suddenly doesn’t seem so hot after you discover their vapid interior? Or when average Joe or Jane suddenly take on a charming cuteness, which you hadn’t initially noticed, after you discover their crackpot sense of humor, quick whit, and kind soul? This dip is kind of like that. At first glance, you may overlook the sloppy pinkish-orange concoction. Then you catch a whiff, which is enough to lure you over for a little nibble. It’s love at first bite, and suddenly you’re gazing into that bowl with star-crossed love in your eyes. What this dish may lack in appetizing curb appeal, it more than makes up for it in flavor. Trust me.

I’ve been informed that it’s football season and tailgating events are in full swing. Football has never been a big part of my life. As a child, my family would throw a big superbowl party every year, which always struck me as odd, since my family didn’t watch football ever, except on Superbowl Sunday. But, those parties were always a blast. It was never really about the football.

Football and tailgating may be a non-existent part of our lives, but I know all about good food for gatherings. And this chicken wing dip would make a great addition to a tailgating party or any gathering of friends. It has all the taste of spicy Buffalo chicken wings, dipped in blue cheese dressing, without the inconvenience of bones or messy fingers. You can find a variety of recipes for chicken wing dip all over the internet. Here’s another version, for your tasting enjoyment.

This Chicken Wing Dip is best served hot out of the oven, so if you’ll be bringing it to a party, put it together ahead of time and pop it in your host’s oven to heat.

Chicken Wing Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 bar (8 ounce) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot*
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) Marie’s Super Bleu Cheese Dressing*
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 pound Chicken, cooked and shredded**

*You can substitute other hot sauce and bleu cheese dressing. These are my personal favorites. I recommend using them, if you can.

**Chicken tenders or chicken breasts, baked in the oven, work well.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend together the cream cheese and hot sauce until just about smooth. Stir in the bleu cheese dressing, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. Add the shredded chicken. Stir until combined. Place the dip in a baking dish. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Stir before serving.

Serve with tortilla chips and/or celery sticks

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