Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Vegetarian Buffalo Chicken Puffs Recipe

Day 89.

I love veggie buffalo wings; I never had a fondness for "real" buffalo wings in my pre-veg days and I'd never really made any Buffalo Chicken recipes (e.g. a recipe with buffalo chicken mixed in or used in it). I blame Tricia at Onceamonthmom.com for my newfound love of this type of recipe. So, when LightLife sent me a few of their products to sample, I squealed a little when I saw Buffalo "Chicken" Wings. And then I remembered a recipe I bookmarked at Stolen Moments Cooking. And I am so glad I did. This is so simple and it's just bound to be delicious. Big thanks to both those ladies for making this recipe happen.

Buffalo Chicken Puffs
Adapted from Buffalo Chicken Puffs.
Ingredients
3/4 C warm water
2 tsp. yeast
2 tsp. sugar
1/4 C oil
1/2 tsp. salt
2 – 3 C flour
About 2 C of "chicken," cubed (I substituted the LightLife Buffalo Wings and eliminated the buffalo sauce)
Salt and pepper
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C hot sauce or buffalo wing sauce, more or less to taste
2 Tbsp. butter
For serving: Celery sticks and Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressing, if desired

+ 1 hour rising time Pour the warm water into a large mixing bowl and stir in the yeast and sugar. Let sit until foamy, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the oil, salt and 1 cup flour until combined. Continue adding and mixing in the flour until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Knead (or beat with a dough hook in a mixer) for an additional minute. Cover and let rise for one hour.

+ 10 – 30 minutes cooking time Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Cook in the microwave until fully cooked, about 8-10 minutes. Or, bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, until fully cooked. Cool completely and refrigerate until using.

Beat together the softened cream cheese and hot sauce until smooth. Cube or shred the cooled chicken and stir in to the cream cheese mixture. Adjust the amount of hot sauce used per your tastes. Refrigerate until using.

Roll out the dough on a well floured surface. Cut into circles with a small biscuit cutter or juice glass. Place about a teaspoon of the buffalo chicken filling in the center of each circle and fold the dough over to close. Press to seal lightly. Place the finished puffs on a baking sheet.

Melt the butter and brush over each puff. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes, until lightly golden brown. If desired, serve with celery sticks and Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressing for dipping.

You can also substitute a can of crescents, pizza dough or biscuits for the homemade dough, if desired.

The Results
Oh wowza. I love the combination of the buffalo sauce and cream cheese. How did I not have this before? So incredibly delicious. If you love buffalo sauce, you really have to try these. Snacks, lunches, dinners--you could eat these anytime. Mmm....

What's your favorite sauce combination?

This post is shared with Real Food Wednesday, Recipes I Can't Wait to Try, What's Cooking Wednesday, What's on Your Plate?, What's on the Menu Wednesday, Let's Do Brunch, Works for me Wednesday, Gold Star Wednesday and No Whine Wednesday.


Note: I was not compensated for this post by LightLife nor was I asked to write this post in exchange for the product. The product was given to me as a sample and, as always, I am giving my honest opinion on that product.

1 comment:

  1. These sound SO good Kristi! I love the flavour of buffalo wings but I'm not so keen on the 'wings' part so this is perfect! Thank you for sharing your recipe with Let's Do Brunch. The linky is now up for this week, so hope you will come along and join in if you haven't already!

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