Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo chicken wings scream Super Bowl.  Mix it up a little this year with an epic dip.  Your guests will clean the dish before Madonna starts singing.  Prepare to develop an addiction!  -AF

Buffalo Chicken Dip

4 boneless chicken breast (about 2 lb.)

2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 (16 oz) bottle of ranch salad dressing (you can use blue cheese)

1 (12 oz) bottle Frank’s hot sauce

8 oz. shredded monterey jack or combination cheese

Boil the chicken in water until cooked through.  Drain and shred.

In a 9 X 13-inch baking pan, combine chicken with hot sauce, spreading to form an even layer.  In a large saucepan over medium heat combine cream cheese and ranch dressing.  Stir until smooth and hot.  Pour mixture over the chicken.

Cook, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Then sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with crackers, chips, and celery sticks.  If smaller crowd, divide recipe in half.

Stuffed Jalapeños

Jalapeños are a staple ingredient in my family.  We love to add spice to our lives and our food  This recipe comes directly from my mom.  Stuffed Jalapeños are always a hit in my mom’s kitchen.  Add this sidekick to your Super Bowl festivities.  Plus use it again during your cookouts this summer!  I feel it will be a GIANT Super Bowl! -AF

Stuffed Jalapeños

12 Jalapeños

8 oz cream cheese (light works great)

12 slices bacon (may substitute turkey bacon)

Toothpicks

Put the jalapeños in boiling water for about 5 minutes.  It makes the jalapeños softer and takes less time to cook.  This step can be left out if you want to punish yourself.

Cut the jalapeños in half and take the seeds out.  (Gloves are recommended for all the known reasons)  Fill each half with cream cheese.  Cut the bacon in half and wrap around the stuffed jalapeño.  Use a toothpick to keep together.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is cooked.  Or you can throw them on the grill.

My parents double the recipe and freeze half.  Easy to cook.  Take jalapeños directly out of the freezer and cook 40-45 minutes.

Tortilla Roll-ups

Just throwing out another classic nibble for your epic Super Bowl Party!  You can make these pinwheels the day before and cut them up right before the party.  I’m predicting a few tackles at the food table. -AF

Tortilla Roll-ups

2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup sour cream

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 (4.5 oz) can chopped green chilies, drained

1 (2 1/4 oz) can sliced ripe olives, drained

2/3 cup chopped green onions

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/4 t seasoned salt

6 (9-inch) flour tortillas

Combine all ingredients except tortillas.  Mix well.  Spread 1/2 cup mixture over each tortilla; roll up tortillas, jellyroll fashion.  Wrap each separately in plastic wrap.  Secure with toothpick if needed.  Chill for 3 to 24 hours.

Unwrap each roll.  Cut off and discard ends.  Cut each roll into 10 slices.
Feeling like avocado, add 1 ripe avocado, finely chopped to mixture.