I'm Here For The Buffalo Chicken

It's hard to believe January has come to an end...I had so much fun preparing the Super Bowl Soiree menu for my students!  You just can't go wrong with a Beer Cocktail Station, Cracked Black Peppercorn Parmesan Dip with Kettle Chips, Buffalo Chicken Garlic Bread, Beef Filet Bites, and Potato-tot Skewers.  This class was extra special because Jennifer became an official Crème Baker's Dozen member (13 classes!) and Erika joined the Crème Club (six classes!).  You girls are the best! Your enthusiasm in the kitchen makes my week :)

Like I always say...we have to begin class with a drink!  After all, it was a Tuesday.  The Orange Delight, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Lime Margarita mix-ins were a hit with Michelob Ultra.  The Beer Cocktail Station has been a crowd pleaser for the men and the ladies.

You can't say Super Bowl party without chips and dip.  This isn't your mother's French Onion Dip though...the Cracked Black Peppercorn Parmesan Dip is definitely an elevated version.  I like to warm up the kettle chips in the oven and sprinkle it with...hold your breath...more freshly grated parmesan cheese.

While my students were happily munching, I whipped up a tasty marinade for the beef filet bites. I plan on 4oz of beef filet per person.  That way, you know they are getting a hearty appetizer. After it marinates in the oven for a few hours, I wrap each piece in bacon.  This recipe is truly a no-brainer.  Sear the bacon wrapped beef filet in a skillet for a few minutes and then finish off in the oven.  Voila!

I loved that my students said that the Buffalo Chicken Garlic Bread recipe was the reason they booked this class!  I had heard whispers from students the last few months desiring a buffalo chicken recipe.  I went all out with layers of french bread, buffalo dip, generously seasoned chicken, more buffalo sauce, baby kale,  a blue cheese drizzle, and thinly sliced carrots and celery. Presentation is everything!

My final recipe of the evening was Potato-tot Skewers.  This recipe utilizes the ever so fancy microwave to cook the potatoes. It makes for a quick, tender potato that can be combined with dry seasonings.  I freeze the potato mixture in little balls to later flash fry.  Don't forget the skewer.  Did I mention presentation is everything?

I had to sneak in a Chocolate-Covered Strawberry for dessert.  After all, Valentines Day is right around the corner!  Thank you ladies for a terrific class!  I'm so thankful for all of you.  Cheers! XOXO Paula