Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Surprise, surprise.

My first post after engagement/wedding extravaganza just has to be a buffalo chicken something, doesn’t it?

To tell you the truth, I don’t really like lasagna. But, if you throw some buffalo wing sauce in there, I’ll buy anything. (Well, almost anything anyway…)

It was quite delicious! It’s got some punch from that wing sauce, but the blue cheese really tones it down. My suggestion would be to do most of the work the night before and just throw it in the oven the next day. I bet this would make a great freezer meal!

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna (adapted from Taste of Home magazine)

1 Tbsp canola oil
1-1/2 lbs. shredded, cooked chicken
1 small onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 large carrot, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1-12 oz bottle buffalo wing sauce
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
9 lasagna noodles
1-15 oz carton ricotta cheese
1-3/4 cups crumbled blue cheese, divided
1/2 cup minced parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 cups mozzarella cheese
2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese

1.) Heat oil on stove over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, celery and carrot and cook and stir until vegetables are tender.
2.) Add garlic and cook 2 minutes.
3.) Stir in the tomatoes, wing sauce, water, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
4.) Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
5.) Cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions.
6.) In a bowl, mix ricotta cheese, 3/4 cup blue cheese, parsley and egg.
7.) Pre-heat the oven to 350°.  Spread 1-1/2 cups sauce into a greased 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Layer with three noodles, 1-1/2 cups sauce, 2/3 cup ricotta mixture, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 2/3 cup cheddar cheese and 1/3 cup blue cheese. Repeat layers twice.
4.) Bake covered for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 20-25 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.





This is a little awkward, huh?

I’m still alive. That’s a bonus.

This, however, is not…

Now that my life has slowed down slightly, I’ve got some plans to cook some more food, ya know? So I don’t starve. And so my man, doesn’t tell me he knows I haven’t posted on my blog lately, solely because I haven’t invited him over for dinner in a long time…

So, this happened on a random Tuesday night about a month ago…

I said yes and suddenly, it’s November 8th!
Anyways, I swear I’ll do a real post soon. Pinky swear. In the meantime, be awesome. Have a good night, etc. etc.

Hot Corn Dip, I’m 2 for 2.

What do you think of using the term “hot corn dip” as a form of expression? The thought just occurred to me as I typed that title. It could take on a similar meaning as “hot diggity,” although I’m not sure people actually say that anymore. Ok. Random thought of today is over and now we’re back to our football food.

This week’s tailgate food is much easier. I’m talking minimal chopping, open the can, mix it up, stick it in the oven, easier. And again, I got rave reviews! It’s what I’d call a very heavy food because there’s so much cheese, but who doesn’t love cheese! Just don’t eat too much of it, or you may get a stomach ache. (I may or may not be speaking from experience.)

Here’s my dip. Don’t those tomatoes look juicy! I saw this dip several places, but I’m giving most of my credit to Gina Marie’s Kitchen. As you can see, I left out the cilantro again, but it still tasted great.

Hot Corn Dip

2 cu shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
2 Tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo suace, diced
4 oz. can of diced green chiles (undrained)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 tsp garlic powder
11 oz. can corn, drained
1 small tomato, diced
2 Tbsp green onions, sliced thin
1.) Pre-heat your oven to 350°.
2.) Mix cheeses, peppers, chiles, mayo, garlic powder and corn in a large bowl.
3.) Pour into an oven-safe bowl and bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
4.) Top with tomatoes and green onions. Serve immediately with tortilla chips or crackers.

Note: I’m doing a 2012 Tailgate Challenge. Every Friday I’ll be posting a new recipe I think would be great for a tailgate or football viewing party. Don’t forget to come back next week!

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls for the win!

Eeeek! It’s almost game day!

If you know me at all, you probably could have guessed that I would start my tailgate chalenge with a buffalo chicken-something. So here we have it…buffalo chicken cheese balls.

I will be the first to admit that this was a lot more work than I usually spend on tailgate food.

I specifically remember thinking, while i was balling these things, “I really hope this turns out perfect the first time because I do not want to do these again this week.”

Now that I’ve scared you away from making them, I’ll tell you, not only did they turn out perfect, but they tasted AH-mazing!

I borrowed most of the recipe from the Food Network website, but didnt want to fry them in oil, so I tossed them on a pan and baked them. I didn’t try out the blue cheese dip. I’m more of a ranch fan, myself.

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls

1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
1-3/4 cups sharp Cheddar
1/4 cup freshly sliced scallions
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs

1.) Preheat oven to 450°.
2.) Pick the meat from the chicken and throw out the gross skin.
3.) Mix the chicken with Franks, pepper, cheese and scallions.
4.) Roll the chicken into balls. The FN site says about the size of golf balls, but I made mine a little bigger and they turned out just fine.
5.) Place the flour, eggs and bread crumbs in three separate bowls in that order and roll each chicken ball in the flour, then the eggs, then the bread crumbs.
6.) Place on a baking sheet. (Spray or don’t spray the baking sheet at your own discretion.)
7.) Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and eat them all!

Let me know what recipes you’re trying out for your first game day!

Have fun and go big red!

Note: I’m doing a 2012 Tailgate Challenge. Every Friday I’ll be posting a new recipe I think would be great for a tailgate or football viewing party. Don’t forget to come back next week!

It’s time!!

Did everyone have a great weekend? Oh yeaaah! I did. We celebrated birthdays and had family time and whatnot, so it was real nice.

Anyone looking forward to next weekend? I am.

Friday marks the beginning of…(drumroll please).

Yep. I’m going to provide you with a plethora of food suggestions by the end of this football season. Every Friday, I’m going to try my darndest to give you a new recipe to try out for your football parties.

Saturday marks the first Husker game of the season (yippeeeeee!) and the first tailgate of the year.

And Sunday, I’m hoping to persuade the boyfriend into going to the Nebraska State Fair. Who doesn’t love a good fair?

Don’t forget that Monday is Labor Day! I’m going to need a day of relaxing after that weekend.

Hope you all have a great week!

Easy as Tortilla Pie

Note: I take no credit for the amazingness of this blog title or recipe name. I’ll credit the smart people at Good Housekeeping for that one.

Easy as Tortilla Pie

I’m happy to announce that I’ve added a new recipe to my “must have” list…that’s short for “must have ingredients on hand list.” You’re right, that is a lame name, but I’m not kidding. I had all these ingredients either in my freezer or pantry when I ran across this recipe and that just made my day. (No, I didn’t have cilantro, but I’m definitely, 100% okay with that. Don’t get me started on cilantro…)

I made this one exactly as the recipe told me to and next time, I’ll do the same, so I’ll just lead you back to their website. No sense me trying to take any credit for this fast and delicious meal.

Scarves for Grandma

Want to know where I’ll be tonight?

Here’s your hint.

It’s my Grandma Jensen wearing a scarf I made for her! Isn’t she cute?!?

And a thank you card she sent me for the scarf after my parents delivered it.

“Thanks Sarah, for the scarf, it will go with anything. I’d like one with purple and a green in it…”

And there’s the fabric my mom delivered a week or so ago to make more scarves for Grandma!

Did you catch on? Yep, I’ll be at the scarf sweatshop for a while. Luckily the Olympics are on the TV by my sewing machine. Gotta go before the night really gets away from me!