I've been thinking a lot about the holidays and entertaining. We always have friends over - planned and impromptu. It's great to have the ingredients on hand to whip together snacks. I've been experimenting a little. It seems like I always make the same things over and over so I wanted to come up with new ideas for recipes that include tastes my friends like.
This time I took the flavors of 'Buffalo Wings' and put it in a cup. The cup is so easy to find and use because it's just a wonton skin. It crisps up real easy. The texture is great with a crisp exterior and a soft yummy filling! Buffalo Chicken Cups 2 boneless chicken breasts 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp soy sauce 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing (I prefer Marzetti's brand in the refrigerator section) 3 ounces of cream cheese softened 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Place tin foil on a sheet pan. Drizzle the olive oil on the pan. Place the chicken on the pan and drizzle with the soy sauce. Flip the chicken to coat. Cook in a 400 degree oven for about 12 minutes. Allow the chicken to cool for a few minutes so that you can handle it. Chop the chicken into small dices.
Lightly oil a 24 cup mini muffin pan. Place a wonton skin in each cup. Delicately push the wonton skin in the cup, careful not create a hole in the skin. With the back of a teaspoon place a little dollop of cream cheese on the bottom. Sprinkle with Red Hot sauce. Place a teaspoon (approximate) of chicken in each cup. Top with a 1/2 teaspoon of blue cheese dressing. Sprinkle with Red Hot sauce. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
Once all the cups are filled, bake for about 6-7 minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time watch closely because they will turn darker quickly.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.