Buffalo Ranch Chicken Loaf

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buffalo ranch chicken loaf

 

This was good and so easy to make! It would be a great make a head meal too! by that I mean the day before you could cook the chicken and the bacon and the day of all you would have to do is assemble the loaf.

Now, normally I don’t share big long stories before I share a recipe, it’s just not my style, I like to get straight to the point. But today I am going to share a short, funny story with you. While I was at the grocery store picking up the ingredients to make this, along with some other things I needed, I did the most embarrassing thing! I was walking around the store listening to the Christmas music the store plays or so I thought. Well, when I was almost finished and turned the corner to the butter aisle (the last things on my list, thank God!) I realized that the store was not playing Christmas music at all… It was me!! Here I found out that somehow my itunes radio was on and I was the one blaring Christmas music all through out the store! And if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, when I found out I quickly turned my phone off and grabbed my butter, when I did a whole stack of butter fell on the floor! All I could think of was, I gotta get out of here! And of course when I got to the register the lines were long. SO now I’m pretty sure everyone that was in that store thinks I’m a fruit cake! … why??! LOL Have you ever had this type of thing happen to you??

 

Now that you know all about my embarrassing trip to the store, lets get to the recipe.

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Buffalo Ranch Loaf

Ingredients:

3 skinless boneless chicken breasts

1 ranch packet

1/2 C. oil ( you may need a little more depending on the size of the chicken breasts)

1 loaf of Italian bread

1/2 pounds bacon (fried and crumbled)

2 cups shredded  Mozzarella cheese

1/2 stick of butter

1 cup of buffalo sauce

ranch dressing for dipping

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whisk oil and ranch packet seasoning together. In a deep skillet over medium high heat add chicken breasts and pour the oil ranch mixture over them. Fry until chicken is fully cooked, let chicken cool and cut it into bite size chunks, set aside.  Fry bacon, drain on a plate lined with paper towel and crumble, set aside. In a microwave safe bowl combine buffalo sauce and butter, microwave till butter is melted (about 1 minute) then whisk. Slice loaf of Italian bread in half , like you would for a hoagie except cut it completely through so you have 2 pieces. Lay the bread crust down on a greased cookie sheet. Next you will divide the chicken, sauce, bacon and cheese evenly among the two halves of bread. Start with the chicken then pour the sauce evenly over the chicken, next sprinkle on the bacon and finally sprinkle on the cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes then broil the top till the cheese browns.

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Pre-Thanksgiving Day Party! ~ Stuffing Recipe

stuffing

 

So I have decided to kick things of with my stuffing recipe. Every year that’s the one thing people say they crave the most. Once I show you this recipe you will be shocked by the simplicity of it! The question I get asked the most is how I achieve the flavor without sauteing onions and chopping celery? Well I’m about to let you in on my secret. Ok… Here we go, let me break it down for you

 

Ingredients:
2 loaves of white bread (the cheap store brand, that’s what I use)

1 tsp.  Sea Salt

4 pinches of ground celery seed ( It must be ground!)

1/2 tsp. pepper

2 sticks butter

 

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1.) Cut bread into small cubes.
Some people like to tear the bread, I find it much quicker to cut it…much quicker.

*** This is something that can be done 1 – 2 days in advanced. Cut the bread into cubes then place it back into the bread bag it came in, replace the twist tie and you can cross this off the Thanksgiving Day To-Do List!

 

2.) Before you get the turkey out you want to add your spices, you do not want the turkey sitting out of the fridge any longer than necessary! You want to be able to stuff the bird and through it straight into the oven.

– Adding the spices-

***  You want to use a very large bowl for this part. Place the cubed bread into the bowl and add the salt, pepper, & ground celery seed. Use your hands to toss so that spices are evenly distributed throughout the bread cubes.

 

3.) Now is time for the butter, this is the most important part, in my opinion.  Normally it takes about 1 stick of melted per loaf of bread. Here is the trick… and it’s important! Melt the butter in the microwave, slowly pour into the bowl of bread cubes. You want do not want it drenched in butter.. you want to be able to form the stuffing into a ball and have it stay, that means you have the right amount of butter.

stuffing 2

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4.)  Form your stuffing into balls and stuff them into the turkey. You want to press it in so you can get as much into the bird as possible. I had a 22 some pound bird and used about 3/4 of the stuffing made from 2 loaves of bread

stuffing 3

 

5.) Whatever stuffing that did not fit into the bird place into a grease casserole dish… It is hard for me to tell you what size because it just really depends on the size of the bird and how much excess stuffing you have. I did not have much so I used a very small one.

** This is an important tip! For the stuffing that is in the casserole dish, squirt a few basters full of the COOKED turkey juice  onto the stuffing. Just enough to moisten it slightly. This will give it that amazing turkey flavor. Bake stuffing in the oven for about 20 minutes, enough to warm it up. I just through it in when the turkey is almost finished.

 

There you have it, the secret is out! When the turkey comes out you will have a beautiful bird with with this glorious stuffing peaking out making your guest drool!

stuffing 5

Here is a photo of the meal all put together
thanks giving meal final

** Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Butternut Squash Cookies

butternut squash cookies

I am always trying to come up with ways to sneak healthy foods into my sons diet. These butternut squash cookies were a success, he loved them and got to enjoy a sweet while still getting some benefits from the butternut squash. =)

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