Dill Pickle Chips

It’s that time again! Super Bowl Sunday is almost hear. The excitement in my house is palpable. Not only do the sons look forward to a good game, but they can’t wait to see what eats & treats Mom will make. I look forward to the commercials, they look forward to the food. A family favorite for game day, or really any gathering we have, is homemade dill pickle chips. I’ve never gone wrong serving them at a get-together whether it’s for a group of men sporting jerseys, high-fiving & belly-bumping in between plays, or even relatives visiting from out of town. My father loves these so much it’s the only thing he actually requests as part of his Father’s Day dinner. Best of all, these are sooo much cheaper than ordering them from a restaurant or buying them in the frozen food section and they taste better than both other options, too.

Dill Pickle Chips

4 Sons 'R' Us: Dill Pickle Chips

recipe originally from Paula Deen

1 24 oz jar Kosher dill pickle slices
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup Louisiana hot sauce
1/2 cup buttermilk
peanut oil, for frying
2 cups Fry Mix (recipe listed below)

Fry Mix

6 cups self-rising flour, or 6 cups all purpose flour + 3 tbsp baking powder + 1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup self-rising cornmeal, or 3/4 cup & 3 tbsp white cornmeal + 1 tbsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Add Fry Mix ingredients to a large bowl and stir until evenly combined.

Directions

1. Drain the juice from the pickle jar and refill the jar with the garlic powder, hot sauce, and buttermilk. Marinate the pickles for at least 30 minutes.
2. In a large pot or fryer over medium-high heat, heat the oil to 350 degrees. Drain the pickles. Put the fry mix in a large mixing bowl, and toss the pickles to coat thoroughly. Shake off the excess mix by tossing lightly in a strainer and deep fry the pickles in small batches for 3 to 5 minutes.
3. When golden brown, remove the pickles from the oil with a clean strainer or slotted metal spoon and place on paper towels to drain off any excess oil. Serve immediately.

Buffalo Chicken Bake

Being that we have all these boys and seeing as how I am cheap, I try to buy in bulk whenever possible. Notice I said cheap. I’m not even going to try and dress it up and label myself as frugal, thrifty, etc. I’m just cheap. As part of my cost-cutting, we have a membership to Costco and that’s where the majority of our groceries come from. That being said, almost every trip to Costco my kids manage to convince me to buy them lunch, a snack, an ‘I’m going to die right this very minute if I don’t eat’ something from the food court. Their favorite thing to order is the Chicken Bake. So when I came across this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread, I knew they would love it.

Buffalo Chicken Dump Bread

I altered the recipe to the satisfaction of my tastes and those of my cheese-aholics. Notice I also changed the name. I could just imagine if I answered their ‘what’s for dinner’ question with something that included ‘garbage’ in its name. So I didn’t.

Buffalo Chicken Bake

Buffalo Chicken Dump Bread 2

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
1 tsp. olive oil
1 pizza dough (we used homemade and let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight)
8 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of buffalo wing sauce, divided
1/4 cup of ranch

Directions

1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Toss chicken with 1/4 cup of your wing sauce. You can add more or less depending on your desired spiciness. Stir to combine, the ranch dressing and remaining 1/4 cup wing sauce.
2. On a floured surface, or counter top, roll out dough into a long rectangular shape. Spread buffalo ranch sauce evenly across the dough. Add chicken and then top with both cheeses.
3. Pick a side and roll the dough up to form a log. Seal both ends (prevents ‘oozing’ while baking) and place seam side down on a non-stick or greased baking sheet.
4. Bake for 30 minutes. Let sit and ‘rest’ for 5-10 minutes before cutting into slices, then serve!