By Joe Drozda and Bob Bley
It seems like the younger crowd at tailgate parties like their buffalo wings, and the hotter the better. The problem is that most older guests aren’t into hot, spicy foods. So, here is a hot Buffalo chicken dish that you can make the night before and serve at your tailgate party to please all your guests.
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
The night before: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon into shallow 1-quart baking dish. Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through. Stir. Place the mixture into a heavy, disposable foil pan. Sprinkle with green onions, and allow the mixture to cool. Cover the pan and refrigerate overnight.
On game day: Place the covered foil pan into your food cooler for transport to the game. At the tailgate, place the foil pan onto your grill, and heat the mixture until it is hot and bubbly.
Serving tips: Have extra toppings like crispy jalapeño peppers for the younger set to top their dip and French-fried onions for the rest of your guests. These can be added to portions of the mixture as toppings when the mixture is heating on the grill. Serve with toast triangles, chips, crackers or veggies.