So this weekend is the Super Bowl. Not that this is a huge deal for us because the Patriots blew it this year and won’t be in the big game, but it’s still a really good excuse to have a party and cook up some foods that we wouldn’t normally eat.
Sure, we’ll put out veggies, hummus and other lighter fare but let’s be honest, the hearty appetizers are the first to be scarfed down.
People like the melty stuff like hot dips, calzones, baked brie and anything else that has cheese in it. At least that’s the way it works around here. This is one of the few times of year that I really throw all caution to the wind and pretend that calories don’t exist. Wouldn’t that be wonderful if they didn’t?
This Buffalo Chicken Pull Apart Bread has about a gajillion calories. A gajillion delicious calories which comes from the monterey jack and blue cheeses that it’s stuffed with. That and the butter hot sauce that it’s brushed with. All baked until it forms one crusty cheesy mass of appetizer happiness.
Buffalo chicken, cheese and pizza dough. A winning combination if I’ve ever heard of one. Let me show you how ridiculously easy this is to make…
To keep things simple, I bought pizza dough from the store. But if you have a favorite recipe for dough, by all means knock your socks off. To make this we start with a small circle of dough which we top with some shredded chicken that’s been mixed with buffalo sauce and the blue cheese monterey jack cheese combo. Once sealed shut, the balls are placed in a bundt pan…
And then smothered with more cheese and buffalo sauce. It really doesn’t get much easier than that. After two or three layers of balls (depending on size), you top it off with more cheese because who cares? It’s the Super Bowl. Go big or go home, as they say.
Then place that bad boy in the oven and bake. The smells that will come forth from your even will be like the best Yankee Candle scent to the men in the house. And women too of course, but this recipe really seems to speak to the guys. I’m not sure if it’s the spiciness or the fact that you can tear the thing apart with your fingers and devour it with unabashed glee which is sort of primal, but guys really seem to dig this recipe.
Just make sure that you have plenty of napkins around because you are going to need them. Serve this with carrot and celery sticks because it looks super cool when you place them in the center hole. It’s what Martha Stewart would do if she had thought of it first. Which she didn’t, ahem. (pats self on back) And of course you want to have a dish of blue cheese dressing on the side because more blue cheese is always better.
- 2 batches of pizza dough
- 4 cups chicken meat, cooked and shredded
- 5 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
- ½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
- 6 Tbsp hot sauce
- 6 Tbsp butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375º.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine hot sauce and butter. Brush 1 Tbsp of this mixture all over the interior of a bundt pan.
- In another bowl, combine cheeses and sprinkle a small handful on the bottom of the bundt pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine chicken, 3 cups of cheese mixture and 3 Tbsp of hot sauce mixture. Stir to combine.
- Pinch off a golf ball sized hunk of dough and flatten it into a circle. Place a heaping spoonful of the chicken/cheese mixture into the center and pinch the dough shut around it forming a ball.
- Place the ball into the bottom of the bundt pan. Continue doing this until you cover the bottom of the pan. Brush balls with hot sauce mixture and sprinkle some of the remaining cheese on top.
- Repeat this step twice.Once the pan is full, brush more of the hot sauce mixture on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. (if you use all the cheese up in the layers and have none leftover to sprinkle on top, no worries because the top is actually the bottom of the appetizer and it won’t be missed if there isn’t any cheese on it)
- Place in a 375º oven and bake for 50 minutes to an hour. The best way to test for doneness is to carefully slide a knife in the center of the bundt and pull it away from the core. If it looks doughy still, pop it back in until it’s done. Mine took a solid hour.
- If it starts to get too brown, place a piece of tin foil over top.
- Serve with carrot and celery sticks and blue cheese dressing.