Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza

Football season is back in full swing and so are the finger foods, dips and game day snacks! One of my husband’s favorite football snacks is Buffalo Chicken Dip (BCD). He loves anything buffalo flavored and all things spicy. This dish makes him one happy camper.

I made a huge batch of BCD this weekend and we munched on it during the Georgia game (Go Dawgs!). The next day this huge bowl of orange colored dip starred me in the face all while taunting me. I thought about taking out a spoon and diving in but instead I thought about how we could turn this dip into lunch! Eureka, we did!

Below you will discover my easy-peezy recipe for BCD and then the additional ingredients and instructions needed to turn your dip into a pizza! Good luck and game on!

What You’ll Need:

Buffalo Chicken Dip Essentials:

  • 1 lb. chicken tenders
  • 1 bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or equivalent hot/wing sauce
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 oz monterey jack, shredded (or your choice of cheese)
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 cup ranch dressing

Pizza Essentials:

  • Prepackaged pizza crust
  • olive oil
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion

To prepare the Buffalo Chicken Dip, lightly coat the chicken tenders in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Prepare a non stick skillet with a light coat of olive oil as well and place on medium heat. Add the chicken tenders and cook throughly on both sides until lightly browned. Cut up the chicken with kitchen scissors or shred the meat on a cutting board and add back to the skillet. If there are any pieces that need to continue cooking, do so. Once cooked throughly, add about a 1/2 cup of the hot sauce to the skillet and let the chicken marinate for about five minutes while on a low simmer. Stir occasionally.

Meanwhile in a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, jalapeño, remainder of hot sauce and ranch dressing. Mix well. You will notice it is a chunky soup consistency which is fine. Add the chicken and mix. Pour into a casserole dish or baking dish and cover the top with the cheese you shredded. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 – 25 minutes or until all the cheese has melted and it is bubbling.

Serve immediately with chips, celery sticks or tortilla shells. Enjoy!

Creating the Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza

Whenever you have had enough dip and you are ready to transform it into a pizza follow the instructions below.

Prepare your smoker grill for the pizza by prepping the coals in advance. You want the grill to be hot and ready! (For more detailed instructions on how to fire grill a pizza, click here.) In the kitchen start preparing the pizza by lightly brushing olive oil on both sides of the pizza crust. Once the grill is ready, place the crust directly on the rack for 3 minutes on each side.

While the crust is on the grill, prepare the dip by adding half of the mozzarella cheese and warming in the microwave for about 2 – 3 minutes. This will help thicken the dip into a nice base for the pizza. Stir to melt the cheese through the dip.

Once the crust has cooked for three minutes on each side, immediately bring inside and ladle on the warm BCD and then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Lightly pour ranch dressing over the top as well and garnish with fresh green onion if you like.

Smoke the pizza for 10 – 13 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and all the cheese has melted.

Slice and serve with extra ranch for dipping and as always enjoy!!

xo – M

 

 

Simply Southern Boiled Peanuts

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One of my all time favorite snacks are boiled peanuts! Whether you are Southern by birth or by palette, you can be sure to enjoy these salty morsels with an ice cold Coke!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb green peanuts
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • large pot
  • water

Rinse the peanuts to rid them of any dirt or other impurities.

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Pour the peanuts into a large pot and cover with 1/2 cup Kosher salt.

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Next, cover the peanuts with water. Fill the pot 3/4 full. Stir to mix the salt in with the water.

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Boil the peanuts for at least 1.5 hour and then open one of the larger peanuts to see if the inside meat is soft and tasty. If so, reduce to a low simmer and let the peanuts soak for 15 – 20 minutes. If the peanut was still crunchy or hard continue boiling for another 30 minutes. Be sure to check a few more in between to not over cook. You may also have to add some more water to the pot if you boil for more than an hour, just keep an eye on the water level. You can’t want to scorch the nuts.

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Once the peanuts are done, let them soak in the salt water for 10 – 15 minutes before draining. Keep some of the salt water to add to the storage container or bag with the peanuts to keep them from drying out. Keep in mind if you are boiling more than a pound you will need more salt as well as a longer boiling period.

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Once drained, serve immediately with an ice cold soda and enjoy! I also love boiled peanuts cold…so if you can’t finish them in one sitting (which I don’t recommend, ha!) you can always finish the the next day or throughout the week!

**I am dedicating this post to one of my best friends, Rachel. I was so blessed to have been able to call her my friend and sister in Christ for three years before she was called home by our heavenly Father. Some of my favorite memories of her are when she, her sister (my other best friend!) and myself camped out around their kitchen table with our college books and homework strewn around our laptops munching on boiled peanuts, peanut M&Ms and ice cold Coca-Colas. We were talking and laughing about everything but our homework and enjoying time together as best friends. I think of so many good memories when I munch on boiled peanuts and know that she is smiling down and remembering those sweet times as well. Until we meet again, I will always be thinking of her and her infectious smile and laugh… and love for boiled peanuts!**

Enjoy!

xo – M

Cooking for Independence…Day

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As Americans all around the world celebrate our independence today, we will be doing so by grilling, snacking, three-legged racing and shooting off beautiful firework displays. I want to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day but also a safe one. I have listed a few tips below to help prevent food borne illnesses during your celebration whether its a picnic, BBQ or snacking at your city’s center.

Tips:

  • Make sure you keep hand sanitizer on hand and use before each meal or snack. Hand to mouth contact is one of the number one causes of germ transfers so be sure to keep those digits clean.
  • When grilling or preparing any meat be sure to cook it thoroughly to kill any bacteria that the meat may harbor.
  • If you take cold or hot dish to a picnic or party keep the dish cold or hot by insulated bags and ice packs. If you don’t have any insulation to help with this simply take the food inside if the whether starts to affect the food’s temperature.
  • Use a new plate or platter each time you pick up new food to help prevent cross contamination.
  • Keep in mind when you are celebrating today that not everyone takes precautions when preparing food and use your judgement on what you decide to eat, drink or snack on. It can be the difference in a HAPPY HEALTHY FOURTH or a sickly fourth.

Enjoy today wherever you may be and remember to thank those who so graciously and selflessly fight for our freedom and our country.

GOD BLESS AMERICA! 

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xo-M

Simple Homemade California Roll

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Making your own sushi at home can seem intimidating, but trust me – it’s not! This quick tutorial will show you how easy it is to create your own sushi masterpiece in your kitchen!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 sheet of Nori (dried seaweed sheet)
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 piece imitation crab
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled

Bring two cups of water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Add the cup of rice to the boiling water with a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. Transfer the cooked rice into a shallow pan to cool and add the rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix well and let cool.

Prepare the crab and cucumber by cutting into long strips, place to the side.

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You will need a sheet of wax paper to aid in the rolling process and a kitchen towel for any clean up.

Once the rice has cooled you are ready to begin. Remove a sheet of the Nori from the package and place smooth side down. Scoop some rice and spread evenly across one half of the Nori.

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This part may be a little messy and require you to rinse your fingers in cold water. It will help remove the excess rice from sticking and allow you to spread the rice out to cover all edges. Next add the cucumber and crab strips.

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Once you have all of the filler ingredients added, you will begin the rolling process. This will be really easy, but you must maintain a tight grip on the roll and continue stuffing the ingredients as you roll the Nori.

Place the kitchen towel on a solid surface and then the sheet of wax paper on top of the towel. Next place the Nori sheet on top of the wax paper and make sure the sheet is even with the end of the wax paper. Begin rolling the Nori over the rice, cucumber and crab slowly while keeping the wax paper on top of the Nori sheet. This will help keep all of the ingredients in the roll. Continue rolling and stuffing very slowly to keep the roll as tight as possible. You may have to adjust the wax paper to keep it from being a part of your roll. Once completely rolled up use the wax paper to go over the outside of the Nori to help shape it.

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It is recommended to use a sushi knife to cut the roll into bite size pieces, but honestly who has one of those lying around. I use a paring knife and it works perfectly! The blades are typically much thinner and sharper than larger knives, so it easily cuts through the seaweed without squishing or damaging. Cut the pieces in about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch pieces. You should be able to get at least eight pieces out of each roll you make.

You will probably have some leftover rice and my guess is extra sheets of Nori in the package, so now that you are a sushi expert, roll another!

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Use your creativity when it comes to arranging your sushi on the plate. Be sure to have some chopsticks handy along with ginger and wasabi!

Enjoy this delicious dish you created like a pro!

xo-M

Quick Cucumber and Onion Salad

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If you are looking for a quick chilled side dish for lunch or dinner this week, this one is a great addition. I also recommend this for anyone with too many cucumbers coming from their garden, like mine.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp dill
  • 1/8 tsp celery salt
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl add the cucumber and onion. Fold in the sour cream and then add the dill, celery salt, salt and pepper. Let chill for an hour or two before serving. This dish is also yummy after sitting over night in the fridge. The flavors really come alive! *This recipe makes two servings.

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Enjoy!

xo – M

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Double Berry Banana Smoothie – With a Surprise Ingredient!

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You will love this Double Berry Banana Smoothie this summer, or any time of year. It’s creamy, full of flavor and has a surprising ingredient that gives it an incredibly refreshing flavor!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large banana, peeled
  • 3 large strawberries, cut off the leaves
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 6 – 7 ice cubes
  • SURPRISE INGREDIENT: Orange Juice (1/4 cup)

Add the ice cubes to the blender first, followed by the yogurt, orange juice and then the fruit. Make sure you cut the banana into four or five pieces and cut the strawberries into halves.

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Once everything is in the blender, use the ice crush function for the first few seconds to grind up the cubes and then start blending. Blend until smooth and serve immediately. This recipe makes one delicious serving!!

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Enjoy!

xo-M

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Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Summer is here and it’s that time of the year – Smoothie Season! Who doesn’t love an ice cold, creamy smoothie on a hot summer day? Whether you are lounging by the pool or running a few errands, this smoothie is quick and simple to make.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large banana
  • 7 medium strawberries
  • 1/3 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt (if you aren’t a Greek yogurt fan, try nonfat vanilla yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk (or your preference: skim, whole, soy, or almond)
  • 6-7 ice cubes

Cut off the tops of the strawberries to get rid of the leaves and peel your banana. Cut the fruit in halves and add to the blender. Add the yogurt, milk and ice cubes. Blend for the first 10 seconds of so to mix the banana and strawberries and then pulse until the ice is chopped. Blend again until smooth and creamy.

This recipe make 1 serving and fits perfectly in a mason jar (16 oz). Garnish with fruit and add a straw. You are all set to enjoy a refreshing and hunger satisfying smoothie!

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Enjoy!

xo-M

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