Saturday, January 16, 2010

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip & BBQ Pizza

As the Superbowl Season of party food favorites for rowdy and ravenous crowds continues, this post highlights what simple Philadelphia Cream Cheese-based dishes can be crowd pleasers for you and your party guests. Side dishes and finger food such as Salsa Rosemary Chevre Dip and Mexican Pizzas keep appetites (and hopefully also tempers) at bay while your main dish event perhaps of some slow-smoked ribs or burgers on the grill are getting ready to come in for some serious offensive eating. The key for the host or hostess with the mostess to churning out stellar side dishes and finger foods are one, ease of preparation and two, big flavor-boom. In a case of superb timing, recently contacted me about testing recipes of my choosing from the Kraft Philadelphia Holiday Desserts pamphlet. Thanks to that window of opportunity I am able to present Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip and BBQ Buffalo Chicken Pizzas.

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Adapted from the Kraft Philadelphia Holiday Desserts recipe "Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip"
  • 1 pkg. (8oz.) Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese.
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked chicken*if cooking chicken, see below.
  • 1/2 cup Blue Cheese Dressing**see homemade recipe below.
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce; 4 tblsp. butter melted and mixed with 1/4 cup hot sauce.
  • 3 green onion stems
  • Paprika & chili paste to increase heat.
*Optional. Cooking the chicken:1 1/2 cups of chicken = 6 raw tenderloins.
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder

Bomb Blue Cheese Dressing
Yield - about 1/2 cup
  • 2.2 oz. blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 tblspn. buttermilk
  • 3 tblspn. Kraft Breakstone's Reduced Fat Sour Cream
  • 2 tblspn. cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 shakes of sea salt

Dressing Instructions:
  1. In a small bowl using a fork, mix the blue cheese crumbles and buttermilk together.
  2. Stir in sour cream, vinegar, sugar, black pepper, and the sea salt.
  3. You can make and refrigerate this ahead of time.

Dip Instructions:
  1. Cut small rings of the green onions until the pale green becomes white. Stop there.
  2. In a medium microwave safe bowl, mix all the ingredients of the dip and microwave on high for 3-5 min.
  3. ***Optional: Taste the dip and if you want to increase the spiciness, add 1/4 tsp. paprika and 1-2 tblsp. of a chili paste or chili sauce like Sriarchi.
  4. Stir and serve with celery and carrot sticks and/or crackers.

BBQ Buffalo Cheesy Chicken Pizza
Serving Size: 2 individual 8" pizza crusts, or 12 mini-slices for appetizers.
  • 2 8 in. Boboli Pizza Crusts
  • 6 tblsp. Kraft Spicy Honey Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Cheddar Cheese Crumbles
  • 4-6 tblsp. Creamy Chicken Buffalo Dip
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup pre-cooked bacon pieces

Pizza Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Spread 2-3 tblsp. of Kraft Spicy Honey Barbecue Sauce on each crust.
  3. Spread 2-3 tblsp. of Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip over the bbq sauce.
  4. Sprinkle 1/4 of Kraft Cheddar Cheese Crumbles evenly over the dip and to the edge of the crust.
  5. Sprinkle pre-cooked bacon pieces evenly over the entire pizza.
  6. Place the pizza directly onto the top rack of the oven. Make sure a baking sheet or tinfoil is under the top rack to catch any debris.
  7. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is brown and the cheese is lightly browned.
  8. Let cool 5-7 minutes before cutting.
  9. Sprinkle with finely chopped celery and serve.


Mardi Michels said...

"BBQ Buffalo Cheesy Chicken Pizza" Are you kidding me????? Looks AMAZING!

Emily Malloy said...

Buffalo anything is a weakness of mine. This rocks the Casbah.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I make a version of buffalo chicken pizza...but I don't throw BBQ in there too. Wow, what a flavor punch! I was actually craving this kind of pizza last night. Now I think I need to make it.

Drick said...

wow - 3 great recipes - perfect for Mardi Gras eating ...yum yum

Kristin (KrisKishere) said...

Everything looks delicious. I've actually heard people calling the Buffalo Chicken Dip, Crack Dip because it's so addicting. I haven't tried it yet, but if anything gets a nickname like that it has to be good...right? :)

redkathy said...

The buffalo chicken dip, now that is my kind of dip. Gotta love that Philly! said...

My sister, who is culinarily handicapped, prides her skills on this one dish: the buffalo chicken dip. I'll have to try this recipe on the DL as to not steal her thunder. Lol :) Btw, I suggest you change the name of your dressing to "bomb diggity blue cheese dressing" because it rocks!!!

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This is a mouth watering dish. I cant wait to try this too. I hope it will be perfectly done.

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I followed your instructions and my Creamy Buffalo Chicken was so delicious, "real jam". I'll share this recipe with my friends! You may now browse around this resource! Thank you!

Katherine Thayer said...

Looks yummy and delicious!

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