Food-a-licious Friday: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Hello friends and welcome to Food-a-licious Friday, a “I hope I can add 2-3 recipes a month” kind of series :) Our food and recipes contributor, Erin, is back this month sharing a yummy side dish or appetizer that would be perfect to share this holiday season. It’s great if you are hosting or if you are in need of a dish to share at a party. Check out Erin’s recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip. 

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Even though the football season is about half over, I had to share this dip recipe that is a favorite when we gather with friends to watch the games. Without fail, I am asked to bring Buffalo Chicken Dip when we get together. I have been told that my version tastes better than any other they have had. My secret…sharp cheddar. Honest truth. I use sharp cheddar in almost everything the calls for cheese and it does make a big difference.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients:

4 boneless chicken breasts, about 2 to 3 pounds

12 ounce bottle of Franks Red Hot Sauce

8 oz of cream cheese

12 or 13 oz jar of Blue Cheese dressing, found in produce section

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Directions:

1. Boil or bake chicken. Cool until it can be handled and chop into bite sized pieces.

2. Place chicken in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Pour entire bottle of hot sauce over chicken and toss until chicken is completely coated

3. In a medium saucepan, melt cream cheese over medium heat. Once melted, add dressing and combine. Pour over chicken and spread to cover all of it.

4. Top with grated cheese.

5. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and it is bubbly.

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This dip goes wonderful with chips, crackers, carrots, or celery. My preference is Tostitos Scoops. They just hold so much dip!

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There are a few other ways you can make this. It goes great in a crock pot. Just dump everything in and turn in on low. Be sure your chicken is cooked first.

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You could also mix the chicken, hot sauce, and cream cheese mixture together. Fill the Tostitos Scoops with the mixture. Top with a little bit of cheese and pop them in the oven until the cheese is melted.

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I hope this recipe becomes a favorite with your friends and family. I promise you that if they love Buffalo Wings, they will love this dip. Enjoy!

Erin
{Crafty Auntie}

Food-a-licious Friday: 15 Gluten Free Appetizers

It’s about time we had another gluten free recipe round up here at Mine for the Making. How about some tasty Gluten Free Appetizers? Perfect for parties and for what our family likes to call a “snack dinner.” Kids always seem to like finger foods too, so having several appetizers for dinner is really a win-win in my book. Check out these 15 Gluten Free Appetizers that are sure to WOW you and your guests!

15 Gluten Free Appetizers

 

Now I’m STARVING! All of these recipes sound so amazing…I think it’s time to schedule a *snack dinner* on the menu! 

Happy Friday friends! Enjoy your first weekend of 2014!

Food-a-licious Friday {108} Seven Ingredient Guacamole Recipe

Hi there and HAPPY FRIDAY!!

We are spending the day swimming and eating yummy snacks by the pool. It’s the perfect way to spend a HOT summer day. One of my favorite summer snacks (okay let’s be honest…year round) is homemade guacamole!  Wait ’til you try this 7 ingredient guacamole recipe….it’s super tasty.

guacamole recipe

Ingredients:

Avocados

Chopped tomato

Chopped white onion

Chopped cilantro

Minced garlic

Lime juice

Salt

Directions:

I never measure anything out for this recipe…it’s all based on taste. I will give you approximates, but feel free to experiment and taste as you go!

Cut, pit, and scoop your 2 avocados in a mixing bowl.

Add a splash of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and a pinch or 2 of salt.

Use a fork and mash the avocado/lime/garlic/salt mixture.

Add in the chopped tomato, onion, and cilantro. I use about 1/4 cup tomato and onion and less than an 1/8 cup of cilantro. FOLD the ingredients together.

Serve with tortilla chips!

 

The first time I learned how to make guacamole, I was a waitress at On the Border (a Mexican food restaurant). I remember when they added the “Guacamole Live” appetizer to the menu and I was SO nervous to make guacamole in front of guests at their tables. Let’s just say, I’m the master of guacamole making and I can make it faster than your mouth can water :)

Thanks for stopping by today! I would love for you to PIN or SHARE this recipe if it’s something you plan to make.

Have a great weekend, friends.

 

Linking up to Tatertots and Jello

Food-a-licious Friday {104} Smoked Mozzarella Spinach Dip

It’s Friday, friends!! Woohoo! 
Any big plans for the weekend? Hopefully it involves entering the GINORMOUS giveaway we have going on right now. If you haven’t entered to win one of the Room Makeover Packages, click HERE to do so.
Speaking of room makeovers, I’ve been a busy working on my daughter’s bedroom and I can’t wait to show you when it’s all finished! 
Today I am stopping by to share a yummy dip that my husband made the other night to snack on before dinner. SO super yummy.

Ingredients:
1 cup ricotta 
2 cups mozzarella
1/2 cup Parmasan 
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups chopped spinach
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
pinch of black pepper
1 drop liquid smoke

How-To:
1. In a saucepan on the stove on med heat, reduce heavy cream (simmer)
2. In a separate bowl, mix all cheese and spinach and seasonings. Kneed by hand and make sure it is mixed well.
3. Add cheese/spinach mix to the heavy cream and turn up the heat a bit. 
4. Stir until cheese has melted and all ingredients are mixed with heavy cream. When dip starts to thicken, reduce heat. 
5. Serve with bread, pita, bagel chips, etc. 

I could have licked the bowl. Seriously. 
Go make it right now.
Have a great weekend! 
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