Tailgating

by Jillian Schnaebele

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Buffalo Chicken Wings and Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Are there any game time or tailgate party snacks that remind you more of football than the crunchy, spicy, saucy chicken wing?

Every year when football season begins, I start to think about gathering all the essentials to keep myself prepared to make whatever type of chicken wing I desire throughout the whole season. The pantry stocked with all my favorite hot sauces, gigantic bags of frozen drumettes and wings piled in the freezer, blue cheese varieties stacked in the cheese drawer, and carrots and celery stalks nestled in the fridge crisper are a common site in my kitchen at this time of year.

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Omaha Steaks Hot & Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings

While I love to explore and test out new flavor combinations such as sesame chili, pineapple soy, and garlic lemon, I always end up craving and wanting the classic buffalo style with a great blue cheese dressing. Thawing, drying, and deep frying wings from scratch can be a bit of a chore sometimes, especially when entertaining.

To avoid the work and still enjoy the classic wing, Omaha Steaks Hot & Spicy Buffalo Wings are a great alternative. There’s no need to thaw or fry. All you do is pop them right in the oven from frozen and they’re done in about 30 minutes.

If that’s just way too easy and you’re still feeling in the mood for a little “DIY”, my recipe for homemade blue cheese dressing is easy to prepare and well worth the effort.

Avoid all the preservatives and unnecessary ingredients that come in the bottles on the store shelves and whip this up to dunk your next plate of wings in.

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Ingredients

– 1 egg yolk
– Juice from one lemon
– ½ cup oil (unflavored such as grapeseed or canola)
– ½ cup sour cream (extra as needed)
– 1 cup blue cheese crumbles
– ¾ cup buttermilk (extra as needed)
– 1 t Worcestershire sauce
– 2 T chopped parsley
– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Whisk the egg yolk and lemon together until combined.

2. Slowly drizzle in the oil while quickly whisking to create a mayonnaise.

3. Once all the oil has been used and an emulsion has been created, add the sour cream, blue cheese, buttermilk, Worcestershire sauce, and parsley.

4. Whisk the mixture until fully incorporated. To make the dressing to your desired consistency, add more sour cream to make thicker and more buttermilk to make looser.

5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.






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About the Author

Jillian believes her passion for cooking stems from the fact that she was born and raised in Southern California. The best climate conditions for growing the finest produce all year around and the diverse mix of cuisines have always been an inspiration to her. Her love and ability to make people happy by way of delicious food began at an early age and still grows today. She is the proud Chef and Owner of Jillian Fae Chef Services, a personal chef business specializing in private dinner parties, customized menus, and weekly meal preparation.



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