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Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread

I’m a sucker for anything buffalo chicken, and this Food.com recipe doesn’t disappoint.

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pizza dough (store bought and let it sit out for 20 minutes)
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce, divided (or more to taste)
  • 1/3 cup Ranch dressing

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • Cut chicken into cubes and season with salt and pepper
  • Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat and add chicken when hot; cook completely then add 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • Stir to coat chicken and let simmer 1-2 minutes; take chicken off heat and let cool
  • On floured surface, spread pizza dough in long rectangle
  • Mix Ranch dressing with remaining hot sauce and spread across dough
  • Add chicken and top with cheeses
  • Roll up dough like a pinwheel and tuck ends
  • Place on greased baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes

Bacon-wrapped Chili Shrimp

This Pioneer Woman recipe, which my boyfriend has renamed “Shrimp-stuffed Bacon” is a tailgate favorite for us. Works best with thinly sliced bacon.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2.5 lbs peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 1 lb thin bacon, slices cut in half

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Line baking sheet with foil and place wire rack on top
  • Melt butter with chili powder in a small sauce pan
  • Wrap each piece of shrimp with half a slice of bacon and skewer with toothpick. Arrange shrimp on wire rack.
  • Brush half of chili butter over shrimp
  • Bake until bacon is cooked (10+ minutes). Brush remaining chili butter on shrimp upon removing from oven.
  • Enjoy!

Garlic Cheese Bread

Garlic Cheese Bread

I’ve made this Pioneer Woman recipe for Garlic Cheese Bread a couple of times, and it is as delicious as it looks – albeit admittedly not very healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup colby jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 mayonnaise
  • 4 whole green onions, white and light green parts minced
  • 1 loaf crusty French bread
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • Mix cheeses with mayonnaise and green onions. Set aside or keep in fridge until you need it (allowing the flavors to meld together)
  • Cut loaf in half, then each half into half again
  • Melt up to 2 Tbsp butter in a skillet over medium low heat and add 1/4 minced garlic. Place 1 piece of loaf facedown in the skillet and swirl to soak up garlic and butter. Allow bread to toast lightly in skillet but do not let garlic get too brown.
  • Repeat with remaining garlic, butter and bread.
  • Spread cheese mixture on warm loaves and bake about 10 minutes, until cheese is hot and bubbly
  • Slice and serve

Taco Dip

Taco Dip

This is an easy but delicious appetizer. Reminds me of a Mexican Parfait, which means it has to be good. As Donkey wisely says in Shrek, “Parfait’s gotta be the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet!”

Ingredients

  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 8 oz cheese, shredded (cheddar, colby jack or whatever you prefer)
  • Tomatoes and green onion for garnish

Directions

  • Stir together sour cream and taco seasoning
  • Spread the refried beans across the bottom of a casserole dish
  • Spread the sour cream mixture on top of the beans
  • Pour salsa on top of sour cream layer and spread to even
  • Top with cheese
  • Dice tomato and green onion; sprinkle over top as garnish
  • Serve with tortilla chips

Spicy Ranch Oyster Crackers

Spicy Ranch Oyster Crackers

This addictive snack is an amalgamation of several different oyster cracker recipes in an effort to spice things up.

Ingredients

  • 2 bags oyster crackers
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes*
  • 2 tsp chili powder*
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper*

*Adjust spices to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 225°
  • Pour oil into measuring cup. Add Ranch dressing mix and spices. Stir well.
  • Put oyster crackers in a bowl or large plastic bag. Pour oil mixture over the crackers; stir well or shake bag to mix until uniformly covered.
  • Spread oyster crackers on a baking sheet in an even layer.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.

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