Snowday Bites

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Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you guys and gals had a pleasant Sunday Funday, and if you took part in any Superbowl festivities, hope it was better than the game itself! Obviously I’m a Patriots fan, but I was rooting for the Broncos and well… they disappointed. Oh well.

If I’m being perfectly honest, I’ve basically just started functioning as a human being not too long ago. I don’t have to work today, it’s snowing and looks like an Arctic Tundra outside, and as I mentioned Max and I went to a pretty stellar Superbowl Party last night, and I went into a fabulous food coma. If you’re looking to add a little envy to your day, this is what we munched on:

  • Fajitas with slow cooked chicken breast and all the mix-ins one can think of
  • Deep-fried chicken wings with a Frank’s concoction sauce
  • Short ribs with a Dr.Pepper and Bourbon rub topped with mushrooms
  • Buffalo chicken broccoli cheddar bites with dipping sauce
  • Beef and bean chili
  • Belgium waffles that were actually made from potato
  • Loaded potato skins
  • Pulled pork
  • Home-made chocolate chip cookies (2 varieties)
  • Cinnamon-Sugar coated sourdough pretzels
  • Chips, Veggies and assorted dips

Basically, I ate at least a little of everything, and it was all created to perfection — the benefit of going to a party where all the guests go to culinary school/work in restaurants. 🙂

My additions were the buffalo chicken broccoli cheddar bites with an avocado-lime sauce and the cinammon-sugar coated sourdough pretzels. The bites were a HIT and I couldn’t have been more pleased; I got a bunch of compliments and they were the first appetizers to disappear into belly’s. Since they were a smash, I thought I would share the wealth with all of you.

There she is YUM

There she is YUM

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Here’s what I did to create these puppies, and if you want the original click here.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes*           Cook Time: 18 Minutes             Total Time: 23 Minutes            Serves: ~2 dozen
*Prep Time is once all the ingredients are cooked, doesn’t include making the chicken, broccoli & rice.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1½ cups shredded cooked chicken
  • ½ cup cooked white rice (“sushi” rice is best)
  • ½ cup cooked, finely chopped broccoli florets
  • ¾ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour/meal
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • salt & pepper, to taste
For the dipping sauce
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (I used sour cream because I ran out of yogurt)
  • salt & pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini-muffin tin with baking spray.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together with a spatula until incorporated.
  3. Scoop out about 1½ – 2 tablespoons and roll into a ball. Place in mini-muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes until set and starting to brown on top.
  5. Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes before removing from the tray, using a knife or fork to help pop them out as some of the cheese may have stuck to the tin.
  6. Place individual bites into a Tostito Scoop – the extra crunch is phenomenal and keeps the bites intact.
  7. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.
For the dipping sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
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T-t-that’s all, folks! I was less impressed with the sourdough pretzels, so I won’t be sharing that recipe.. at least until I can perfect it a bit more. I may go continue to be a lard now, especially since The Bourne Legacy just got turned on!

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About azuremarie

Bonjour, I'm Azure; a healthy dose of eccentricity best taken with a grain of salt. Most people describe me as sassy, and I like that. I love words, and think that anyone who can twist them in their mouth and make something beautiful come out is sexy and someone with whom I want to spend my time. I read a lot (bordering on too much), and am baller at boggle. I happen to be addicted to concerts/live music, and will listen to anything that can carry a beat, and even those that don't. I believe that being normal is boring, and love bright colors. I have a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs and horses, but I am beginning to be a cat person as well. Sometimes, I will admit that I like some animals better than some people - they're great listeners and don't judge. J'adore voyager. Someday I want to be able to look at a map of the world and say "I have been there, there, and there... and there", and have a memory attached to them all. I've recently begun to work at an organic juice bar, and diet/holistic health is starting to become a main passion of mine. I want to be able to experience our world, as well as help save it. Oh, and unicorns exist.

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