Football Foods – Crock Pot Buffalo Wings

Football is here!!

This means it’s not only time to watch our favorite teams kick off, but also time for those special foods that we make specifically for football games.

But first… baby feet in football shoes!

Baby Football Feet

Now onto the food…

Buffalo Wings!!

Crock Pot/Baked Buffalo Wings

I’ve posted this recipe before, but it’s worth the share again.  Especially since my guy and I love these wings so much we’ve made them the past two weekends for Texas Tech football!

I first found this recipe via AllRecipes.com for the Super Bowl, and luckily my wings were a much bigger hit than the game itself this year…

My guy and I aren’t big on frying foods.  We’ll eat ‘em when we go out on occasion, but we tend to stay away from making fried foods in our house.  Which is why this recipe was very intriguing to us both.  It’s not fried AND it uses the crock pot!  I do love my crock pot…

First, what’s needed:

1 – 4 lb bag of frozen chicken wings, thawed
2 – 12 oz bottles of wing sauce (we used Frank’s Red Hot)
1 cup of melted butter
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
2 teaspoons of onion powder
2 teaspoons of garlic powder

Now let’s cook:

In a saucepan, combine one of the 12-oz bottles of wing sauce, ½ cup of melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Heat sauce over medium heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.

Place chicken wings in the crock pot and pour the sauce mixture over them.

Cook on high for two hours.

Reduce heat to low and cook for another two hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Grease a large baking sheet.  We sprayed with Olive Oil Cooking Spray.

Spread the wings onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven until the wings are crisp and brown (for about thirty minutes).

Meanwhile, melt the other ½ cup of butter with the other 12-oz bottle of wing sauce in a small saucepan and simmer until thickened (about twenty minutes).

Brush sauce onto wings before serving.

Also serve with ranch and/or blue cheese.

This is some serious yum here, folks.  The meat just falls off the bone.

My pan after ten minutes... all wings gone!

And before anyone says, “But I like crispy wings…”  These slow-cooked and baked wings are crispy!!  We don’t always have to fry for the crisp.  Just sayin’.

Enjoy!

What do you think?  Is this recipe worth a try?  Have any other easy wing recipes to share?  I’d love to hear from you!

Original recipe found on this site:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/awesome-slow-cooker-buffalo-wings/

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

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Fall Foods – Hot Dog Casserole

When I posted my Football Food recipes a few weeks ago, my dad thought I missed something.  And while I don’t consider today’s recipe a must have during our favorite pigskin games, it is the perfect fall food… Hot Dog Casserole.

Hot Dog Casserole
Hot Dog Casserole

Every time I post about having Hot Dog Casserole for dinner on Facebook (yes, food is very popular on social media), I have multiple people reach out wanting to know more.

So between my dad and everyone else intrigued by my mother’s recipe, today I am sharing it with the world.  Well, The Ooo Factor readers…

I have no idea where this recipe originated, but my mom has made it for as long as I can remember.  I wasn’t a HUGE fan of Hot Dog Casserole growing up; all I needed was a boiled hotdog on a mustard and ketchup covered bun.  What kid wants more than that?  But now as an adult, I find myself enjoying the White Family Classic at least three times a year—Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day—and the occasional fall evening.

So what is Hot Dog Casserole?

Boil however many hot dogs…
Heat chili with or without beans on the stove…
Meanwhile, pull out a large baking dish and prepare the buns with mustard, ketchup, and relish.

Getting the buns ready...
Gettin’ the buns ready…

Once the dogs are ready, place ‘em in the buns.

Ready for the fixin's...
Ready for the fixin’s…

Cover with chili, cheese, and chopped onion.

Ready for the oven...
Ready for the oven…

Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until the buns have reached your desired level of crunchiness.

The finished product... ready to eat!
The finished product… ready to eat!

Hot Dog Casserole is a Man’s Man Recipe. All the men in our family LOVE it.  I hope yours do too!

Do you make anything special once the weather cools down?  If so, please share!  I’d love to hear from you.

Football Foods!

Football is here!!

This means it’s not only time to watch our favorite teams kick off, but also time for those special foods that we make specifically for football games.  Today, I’ve decided to share three of our household’s must-haves!

But first, I thought I’d share what football season means to me—and that’s friends and family.  Enjoy!

Me and my girls…
Red Raiders who keep Austin, Texas in check…
Me and my guy… we’re not afraid to wear matching shirts.
Representing the Red Raiders in Dallas…

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Now, let’s talk food!

The first two recipes were passed on to me from my mother, and I have enjoyed them both since I was a little girl.  The last one comes courtesy of a former co-worker (thanks, Amy!), and it is now a household favorite.

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Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Peel hard-boiled eggs and cut in half (see my easy oven-baked hard-boiled egg trick)
Carefully remove egg yolk and place in a mixing bowl
Add 2 tablespoons of mayo
Add 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
Mix together with a fork
Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
Mix again until smooth
Add salt and pepper to taste
Scoop the yolk mixture back into the egg halves
Sprinkle with paprika

**These measurements work for six hard-boiled eggs…

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Mom’s Holiday Queso

Mom’s Holiday Queso

¾ cup of chopped onion
2 tablespoons of butter
1 can of diced tomatoes and green chilis
1 package of 8 oz. cream cheese, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup of milk

In a sauce pan, sauté onion in butter until soft.  Add tomatoes and chilies and cook over medium heat.  Gradually blend in the cubes of cream cheese, stirring until it is completely melted.  Slowly add milk.  Mix well, heat through, and serve.

**Brown hamburger meat with the onions if you want to add a little flare to the queso…

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Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls

1 package of hot, ground sausage (Jimmy Dean is great!)
1 cup of Heart Healthy Bisquick (or regular Bisquick, it really doesn’t matter; I just try to add little bits of “health” where I can)
1 cup of grated, sharp cheese

Mix all ingredients together.  Pinch off 1-2 inch sections of the meat mixture and roll into balls.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake for thirty minutes at 350.

**Once I have all of the mixture rolled into balls, I like to pat each of them in the extra Bisquick in the bowl before I throw it out.  This gives the outside a nice crispy texture after baking.

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Do you make anything special during football season?  If so, please share!  I’d love to hear from you.

And since it’s football season, remember to check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… available on Kindle and Nook!

Friday FabOoolousness – Football Foods

Football is here!!  That means it’s not only time to watch our favorite teams kick off, but also time for those special foods that we make specifically for football games.  Today, I’ve decided to share three of our household’s must-haves!

But first, I thought I’d share what football season means to me—and that’s friends and family.  Enjoy!

Me and my girls…
Red Raiders who keep Austin in check…
Me and my guy… we’re not afraid to wear matching shirts.
Representing the Red Raiders in Dallas…

*****

Now, let’s talk food!  The first two recipes were passed on to me from my mother, and I have enjoyed them both since I was a little girl.  The last one comes courtesy of a former co-worker (thanks, Amy!).

Deviled Eggs

Peel hard-boiled eggs and cut in half
Carefully remove yolk and place in mixing bowl
Add 2 tablespoons of mayo
Add 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
Mix together with a fork
Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
Mix
Add salt and pepper to taste
Scoop back into egg halves
Sprinkle with paprika

**For quantities of six hard-boiled eggs…

Mom’s Holiday Queso

¾ cup of chopped onion
2 tablespoons of butter
1 can of diced tomatoes and green chilis
1 package of 8 oz. cream cheese, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup of milk

In sauce pan, sauté onion in butter until soft.  Add tomatoes and chilies and cook over medium heat.  Gradually blend in cream cheese, stirring until it is completely melted.  Slowly add milk.  Mix well, heat through, and serve.

**Brown hamburger meat with the onions if you want to add a little flare to the queso…

Sausage Balls

1 package of hot, ground sausage (Jimmy Dean is great!)
1 cup of Heart Healthy Bisquick (or regular Bisquick, it really doesn’t matter; I just try to add little bits of “health” where I can)
1 cup of grated, sharp cheese

Mix all ingredients together.  Pinch off one to two inch sections of the meat mixture and roll into balls.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake for thirty minutes at 350.

**Once I have all of the mixture rolled into balls, I like to pat each of them in the extra Bisquick in the bowl before I throw it out.  This gives the outside a nice crispy texture after baking.

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Do you make anything special during football season?  If so, please share!  I’d love to hear from you.

And since it’s football season, remember to check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… now available on Kindle and Nook!

Here are a few of my latest reviews!

Football Sweetheart is a great read that brought back so many high school memories. The characters are relatable, and the story keeps you guessing until the very end. I can’t wait to read more about Aimee and her friends! I highly recommend this book. ~T. Hunt

I love the vivid descriptions of how important high school football is in West Texas and how it shapes every persons life in the small town. The fact that the book is a “murder mystery” is just a bonus….who doesn’t love a good “who done it” novel? ~ M. McWilliams

Football Sweetheart is a promising first from Tiffany A. White. The story contains all the required elements of a mystery, capturing your attention from Chapter One. High school innocence evaporates in a heartbeat when a popular girl disappears. Her best friend singles herself out to find the victim and stumbles onto more than she bargained for. There are no secrets in this small West Texas town, or are there? A brisk read full of twists and turns as each character carries you toward the conclusion. Looking forward to the next book in this series. ~ E. Meyer