Spicy Buffalo Chicken Cannoli Recipe

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Stop!  Don’t touch that back button!  A chicken cannoli is not as crazy as it sounds.  It’s a make ahead, Southwest version of Buffalo chicken wings that frees me up to enjoy the football game and not miss all the fun.

My name is Sandy and I love football.  There.  I said it.  I know it’s not the trendy thing to say, or the girlie thing to say, but I can’t keep it a secret any longer.  Some people may blame my childhood; growing up between two brothers, playing touch football in the street, listening to my parents bet lobster dinners on playoff games and negotiate the point spread for the best advantage.  Others may blame the fact that I have lived most of my life in a house with a sports loving husband and two athletic sons.  What’s the word for it? Stockholm Syndrome?

What ever the reason, on Super Bowl Sunday, you will find me right there in the middle of things, cheering, arguing calls from the referees and yelling, “Rip their filthy ears off…”  Never mind.

Needless to say, the Super Bowl is a pretty big deal at my house.  I love to have a big selection of appetizers made ahead and ready to go so that I don’t miss a minute of the action.  First, I clear the sofa table and remove all knickknacks, tchotchkes and other feminine breakables to a safer location making room for the parade of chips, dips, popcorn and even a puff pastry delight or two.  Mind you, the puff pastry must be filled with hearty meats like pastrami or be sidelined until Valentine’s Day , Oscar night or some such girlie holiday.  No brie or sushi allowed….

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Retro Southwest-Warm Bacon and Green Chile Dip, Groovy Baby!

If you’re looking for a last minute recipe for your Super Bowl party (or any party for that matter), dust off your fondue pot and get ready for the perfect retro dip.  Warm bacon, gooey cheese, green chiles and it’s easy to put together… what could be better than that?

Our mom served this dip at parties when we were kids.  When the party started and the guests arrived, we skipped off to bed with fingers crossed, hoping that some of the dip would be left for us to eat in the morning.

A chafing dish or fondue pot is important for keeping this dip warm.  Look for one in an antique or thrift shop.  If you are lucky, you might find one in burnt orange or avocado green.

Make sure you have a enough sternos to last the whole night! Oh, behave!

I haven’t tried this recipe with fake bacon.  In fact, I don’t know anything about fake bacon.  I just spotted Lolo’s post of a delicious looking salad using Tempeh on Vegan Yum Yum that made me think of trying it.  If any of you have tried it, I’d love to hear your suggestions and tips on how to cook it.

Warm Southwest Bacon and Green Chile Dip

1 pound bacon, diced, cooked and drained

1 can diced green chiles

1 can stewed tomatoes (14 oz)

1 pound cheddar cheese, grated

2 tablespoons diced, fresh tomatoes (optional)

1 tablespoon diced green chile or jalapeno (optional)

Dice the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and fry until crispy.  Be sure to separate the bacon with a wooden spoon while it is frying.

You can use the microwave, but be sure cook in small batches and cover with paper towels.

Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

In a sauce pan, simmer the green chiles and tomatoes together on medium high for three or four minutes.

Stir in the bacon and return to a simmer.

Reduce the heat to very low.  Stir in the cheese until melted.  Be careful to keep the heat on low or the cheese will curdle.

Transfer the dip to a fondue pot or chafing dish.  Garnish with fresh diced tomatoes and green chiles if desired.

Serve with tortilla chips or stay retro with my favorite, Fritos.

I found these fondue pots and chafing dishes online, the vendors have both online stores as well as actual retail stores so you can pick one up easily.  Valentine’s Day is coming up and they are great for serving a romantic meal or chocolate dessert!

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