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Fantastic and Fun Football Fiesta with Southern Homes & Gardens

My family was invited to watch the LSU/Georgia game at a friend’s house last weekend.  It was our first time over to this particular family’s house, and I had heard the husband liked ANYTHING Buffalo, so I knew it would be very easy and satisfying to whip up a Buffalo Chicken Dip!

I also found it the perfect opportunity to try out the beautiful football bowl and spreader I received from Southern Homes & Gardens!

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Southern Homes & Gardens is an online store that offers a wide variety of gifts and decor with a southern inspired style.  You can see why this Louisiana girl was all too happy to try out a product for them 😉

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So, onto my Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.  I didn’t take a pic of EVERY single step, but here are the basics.

Ingredient lineup:

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This is the cheese I had on hand, but you can use whatever you happen to have! I’ve made this dip with sharp cheddar, mozzarella,  anything.

Soften your cream cheese and put it in a medium mixing bowl.  Add the can of chicken and break it up. Add shredded cheese.

The next part is up to you, and how hot you want your dip!  Since we were partying with people I knew could handle spice, I added the entire 5 ounce bottle to the mix.  But how much you want to add is up to you! Add your desired amount of hot sauce, the ranch, and here I add in garlic powder too, but that is optional.

Spread the dip in a glass pan that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray, and sprinkle the top with more shredded cheese.  Put it in a oven that’s been pre-heated to 350.

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When it’s done, it will be lightly browned on top and bubbly throughout!

I allowed mine to cool and set up a bit, then transferred the dip to my football bowl.

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The little spreader was just perfect for taking a small amount to top off our Tostitos Scoops!

The Buffalo Chicken Dip was a hit but a bit too hot for me.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

1 can chicken, 5 oz

1 cup shredded cheese, divided into (2) 1/2 cups

1/2 cup ranch dressing

1/4 to 3/4 cup hot sauce

1/2 block, or 4 oz cream cheese, softened

garlic powder, optional

Preheat oven to 350, and spray 8 x 8 pan with non stick spray.  Put softened cream cheese and can of chicken in medium mixing bowl and break up.  Add ranch dressing and desired amount of hot sauce, along with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.  Add garlic powder if desired.  Mix until smooth and all cream cheese is broken up.

Bake until cheese is lightly browned and dip is bubbly throughout.  Allow to sit for at least ten minutes to thicken.

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**DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post in the form of free products.  Nevertheless, my thoughts and opinions are my own and I would not endorse a product I wouldn’t use myself.

Easy Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes & Ham

Have I told you how much we’re loving our slow cooker lately?  The funny thing is, it’s gotten more use in the past few weeks than it has in the past few years.  One of the best things about making food in the slow cooker, is that many of the recipes are so easy, they will even make your husband like to cook!  My husband made this recipe recently, and he also took the pictures–so forgive us if they’re not perfect 🙂

Only a few ingredients!

 

Seriously, you only need to go to the store for 3 things…which you may have already.  Two boxes of Au Gratin potatoes mix, an 8 ounce package of diced or cubed ham, and a can of condensed cheddar cheese soup.

Spray the inside of your slow cooker pot with non-stick spray.  Put both packs of dried potatoes and both seasoning packets into the slow cooker.

 

 

Then add the ham on top of that.

 

 

In a large bowl, mix the can of cheddar soup with 3 cups of water.  Add about 3/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and any other spices you may want to throw in.  I added a dash of Italian seasoning.  You could also add garlic, red pepper flakes, parsley….

Stir until the soup thins out.

 

Then pour the mixture on top of the contents of the slow cooker.  Do not mix!

You can then cook on low heat for approximately 7 hours, or cook on high for about 3 1/2 hours.  I think our slow cooker runs a little hotter, as ours was cooked and golden brown on top after only 2 1/2 hours on high.  You want the potatoes to be soft and the top to be golden brown and crispy 🙂

 

Hubs didn’t take a pic of the entire completed pot, but he did take one of his bowl…

 

The pic doesn’t make it look too appetizing, but it was!  Serve with a side of green beans 🙂

As with most slow cooker recipes, this was a little high in sodium, so if you can find the ingredients in low sodium varieties, I would definitely recommend getting those.  Our whole pot got eaten!

 

Easy Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

2 packages au gratin potato mix

8 ounce package diced or cubed ham

1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup

3 cups water

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

Any other seasonings, to taste (Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic, etc.)

 

Coat slow cooker pot with non-stick spray.  Place dry au gratin potato mixes and seasoning packets into pot.  Add ham on top of potatoes.  In large bowl, stir 3 cups water with cheddar soup until soup is thinned out.  Add black pepper, and other seasonings as desired.  Pour soup mixture over other ingredients in crock pot.  DO NOT STIR.

Place lid on and cook on low approximately 7 hours, or on high approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours, until potatoes are soft and top is golden brown and crispy.