Buffalo Chicken Pizza Appetizer

buffalo chicken pizza

Buffalo wing sauce is such a huge flavor in our house. We try to limited processed snack food around the house, but every time a new chip, pretzel, or any snack comes out flavored buffalo wings we have to buy them all. This Buffalo Chicken Pizza could definitely be a meal, but I think it is such a great appetizer. Something quick and easy to throw together for unexpected guests or super hungry kids.

buffalo chicken pizza

If you have been following my recipes for a while you already know I am a huge believer in the chicken thigh. I usually buy them in bulk and freeze small portions for the week. The meat to me just has so much flavor and stays juicy. I personally feel like they fill me up quicker than the chicken breast. If you love the flavors of buffalo chicken, but not the calories definitely try using a little sauce over grilled or baked chicken thighs.

I used my go to pizza dough for this recipe because it comes together very quickly. I wanted something that would pair well with garlic and buffalo flavors. I topped the pizza with monterey jack  cheese for a really melty bite.

buffalo chicken pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Appetizer
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Sweet garlic dough covered in buffalo chicken, melted cheese, and creamy ranch.
Ingredients
  • For the dough:
  • 1 packet of active yeast
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • For the toppings.
  • Chopped chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup of hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder, divided
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups of grated monterey jack
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • ½ tsp dill
  • ⅛ tsp of salt (just a pinch)
Instructions
  1. Mix the yeast, honey and water together and let sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast bubbles
  2. Add in the flour and salt
  3. Mix with a dough hook for about 5 minutes until a ball forms
  4. Cover and set to the side for 30 minutes to rise
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  6. In a saute pan toss the chicken with 1 tbsp of butter until cooked through
  7. Add the remaining butter, hot sauce, chopped garlic
  8. Heat sauce through and toss the chicken to coat
  9. Roll out the dough on a floured surface then transfer to a large pan
  10. Sprinkle the dough with 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  11. Top with the hot sauce and chicken mixture
  12. Crack a little black pepper over the top
  13. Cover with the cheese
  14. Bake for 15 -20 minutes until cheese is bubbling and crust is golden
  15. Mix the sour cream, milk, dill, salt and remaining garlic powder
  16. Drizzle over the pizza
  17. Add a little more hot sauce if you want!

buffalo chicken pizza

You can garnish with fresh parsley or dill if you are feeling fancy! This recipe is the perfect combo of my two favorite foods! Don’t forget to #kelliericecakes if you try this recipe!

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Buttery Soft Pretzels – Perfect For Superbowl!

Buttery Soft Pretzels

Buttery Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzel are one of my favorite go to appetizers. These come together so quickly! They are easy to freeze for later and you can customize them with all your favorite add ins! Bacon cheese pretzel anyone? Today I am sharing my super good buttery soft pretzel recipe. The simplest version perfect for any dips you might be whipping up for Super Bowl!

Buttery Soft Pretzels

Do you ever watch them make pretzels at the mall? I am always memorized by how fast they roll the dough. I know if I trying to make my pretzels that quickly I would end up smacking myself in the fast with dough! While I do not know the exact magic that goes into making those beautiful extra large mall pretzels I do know how to get pretty darn close.

Buttery Soft PretzelsThese are so easy to make then freeze before baking. Then you have all the hard work finished. You can just pop them in the oven before your event … or snack!

 

Buttery Soft Pretzels - Perfect For Superbowl!
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Bread
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Serves: 6-8
 
Soft Buttery Pretzels
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of Bread Flour
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter melted, divided
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 packet of dry yeast
  • 1 cup of warm milk
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of kosher salt for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 6 cups of water for boiling
Instructions
  1. In a standing mixer with a dough hook add the yeast, sugar, and warm milk.
  2. Let sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly.
  3. Add in the salt, eggs, and half of the butter.
  4. Stir on the lowest setting.
  5. Add in the flour.
  6. Turn to medium setting until dough forms into a ball.
  7. Cover in the bowl for at least 1 hour while dough rises.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  9. Cut dough into 6 sections for large pretzels or 8 sections for medium pretzels.
  10. Beginning boiling water over high heat.
  11. Add in the baking soda.
  12. Roll each dough section into a long snake like shape.
  13. Tie into a knot or twist into a pretzel shape.
  14. Pinch the dough in the sections where ends meet or sections are touching so they don't come apart while boiling.
  15. Drop the pretzels into the boiling water for about 30 seconds.
  16. Pat dry and brush with melted butter.
  17. Sprinkle on the salt.
  18. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  19. Brush on more butter after baking if you want super rich pretzels.

These would be delish with some cheese dip! We like ours with a little warmed honey mustard.

How do you eat your soft pretzels?

Buttery Soft Pretzels

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(Easy) Holiday Appetizer Platter

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holiday platter

I love when we go to parties and they have platters of meats, cheeses and crackers. Holiday appetizer platters are so beautiful and universal. Actually, I attended a friend’s wedding and she had piles of different meats, fruits, cheeses, crackers, and breads. It was absolutely a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Patrick and I like to invite our friends over for game nights and this is one of my easy go to appetizers. Bonus- it won’t break the bank.

cheesy bacon dip

This bacon dip is the star of the show. I have to confess- I’m pretty sure I have already posted this dip recipe on the blog. I have now made it so many times that I believe I have perfected the recipe. I still remember the first time I tried this dip. We went to a friend’s house for dinner and her mother in law pulled this dish out. I usually avoid creamy dips. There are just so many others I prefer, but this one had such an awesome bacon fragrance. Who says no to bacon? It is so cheesy, sweet, and a little spicy. Perfect with this bread!

holiday platter

Since I made a lot of bacon for the dip and the tray I had a pan filled with bacon grease left over. I decided to take a spoonful of the grease and heat it with some roasted garlic. I flash fried my butterflied shrimp then seasoned them with salt and pepper. Super easy and delicious!

holiday entertaining

You can definitely pick up some baguettes or crackers for the tray, but I used my favorite bread recipe. You can find it here. I love boars head sausage so I picked up a roll along side some briny marinated olives.

The best part about these platters is how easy to customize they are.  You can just buy whatever is on sale or whatever you are feeling that day.

(Easy) Holiday Appetizer Platter
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: Party
 
A holiday platter filled with tasty goodies!
Ingredients
  • For the Dip:
  • ½ pound of thick sliced bacon, cooked and chopped ( cook a few extra pieces to add on the board if you want)
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • ½ cup of pepper jelly
  • 1 cup of mozzarella (smoked mozz is also awesome)
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • For the shrimp:
  • 1 tbsp of bacon grease
  • 1 pound of shrimp
  • fresh garlic or roasted garlic chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • For the platter:
  • 1 cup of peppers
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 1 cup of marinated olives
  • 1 head of garlic roasted
  • bread or crackers
  • salami or sausage sliced
  • For the honey mustard:
  • ¼ cup of boards head honey mustard
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 2 tbsp of grainy mustard
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix the cream cheese and jelly.
  3. Add in the bacon, garlic and pepper.
  4. Add half a cup of cheese and mix throughout.
  5. In a baking dish pour the cream cheese mixture and top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes until brown and bubbling.
  7. In a frying pan heat the bacon grease and garlic.
  8. Flash fry the shrimp until pink.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. In a bowl mix the mustard, honey, and honey mustard. (SO easy!)
  11. Arrange everything on a platter or large baking sheet.
  12. Enjoy!

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I hope I was able to make your holiday a little easier!

 

 

 

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