I have a really stressful habit of volunteering to bring a dish to pass to a party, and then totally experimenting in the kitchen with a made up recipe… without leaving myself enough time to make something else if it’s a total failure. Luckily, this has not backfired on me very often (and the one time I remember it going badly, I just bought a tray of caprese salad and brought that and no one said anything!).
A while back, I was going to a Super Bowl party, and I said I’d bring something. I thought I’d try out an idea I had in my head for buffalo chicken wing dip. I’m practically from Buffalo, so I should be able to throw that together, right? I took a leap, and the results…
I brought my crockpot of dip to the party, set it down on the kitchen island, and plugged it in. Over the next few minutes, the men all descended upon the crockpot with their tortilla chips in hand, stood there huddled around it like it was a campfire, and mowed every single bit of the dip. I swear I thought they were going to lick the crockpot.
Anyway, I considered that a win, and it has become my number one dish to pass when there will be men around (women like it too, but they don’t drool as much over it!).
Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip
2lb chicken, cooked and shredded with a fork
8oz cream cheese
5oz (or more) hot sauce – you’ll probably want to use more, men like things spicy and the cheese tones down the hotness
4oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp parsley
Directions: Add the chicken, 5oz of hot sauce, seasonings, and the cream cheese to the crockpot and turn it on to Low. Stir everything together and let it get really hot. After an hour or so, turn it to Warm, taste it, and add more hot sauce. Stir it and taste again. Add cheddar cheese and yogurt. If you make it too spicy–add more cheese or yogurt!
Serve this warm with tortilla chips or chopped veggies (men prefer the chips but it’s awesome with celery, carrots, or peppers too!).
I usually end up using 1.5 bottles of hot sauce (depending on the brand), which is about 7.5-8oz.
Note: If you have ranch seasoning, you can replace the onion powder, garlic powder, and parsley with that!
What’s your most scarfed-down appetizer?