An update for you today: One of the most popular recipes on my site, Buffalo Chicken Salad Dip, has a facelift and recipe adjustment!…
…aka HAM DELIGHTS.
You know these little love nuggets, right? If you live in the south, I’m thinking yes, but I don’t know where else these are a STAPLE for parties, tailgating, and sportsball watching in general. Like this week, there is some kind of game on Sunday night? That might be kind of important.
I feel that it’s important to state that I do in fact know that this weekend is the Super Bowl. And here’s the next recipe you should ABSOLUTELY make for it.
So these sandwiches, just in case you aren’t familiar. It’s regular ham and cheese layered in sweet dinner rolls, then doused with a butter + spice mixture, wrapped in foil, and baked to ooey gooey perfection. Easy doesn’t begin to cover it; the hardest part of the whole recipe is melting the butter in the microwave and measuring out the spices. The sandwiches can be made well in advance and then baked at the last minute. I like to bake them in batches of 12 at a time so that they’re always hot during parties or wherever I’m serving them.
The ingredients are super simple and forgiving, too – I used leftover Christmas ham (it was appropriately close to Christmas, don’t worry) for this but deli ham works just fine, and any kind of cheese you like is great. Deli slices of cheese make everything simple because they’re pre-portioned, but they’re not necessary either.
This really brings new life to the dumb-as-shit phrase DILLY DILLY, which of course Beck has learned to say with great fanfare.
Because it’s a dilly ranch, get it?
Unlike some people who love eating a wide variety of foods, I adore ranch. BUT, it has to be good. Hidden Valley is not good. Homemade bar ranch from a packet is good. Those packets are also Hidden Valley, so riddle me that. I think it’s something about the combo of less preservatives, less or no mayo, that makes “homemade” ranch so wonderful. I’ve seen a ton of no-packet ranch ideas on the internet, and a lot of them call with powdered milk or something similar to achieve a more classic flavor. I don’t love having ingredients around that only can be used for one or two things, though, so I don’t use anything but spices and sour cream in my ranch.
So we’ll kick off Super Bowl week with this! Dip that is perfect for a game-viewing extravaganza but also wonderful to have on hand at all times for the “I should eat a veggie” moments that sometimes happen on Mondays. There will be tons more food for the weekend happening here all week and on Instagram, so take a look there if you haven’t already!
I’m skipping that thing where we pretend to be on a diet for the first three weeks of December to punish ourselves for Thanksgiving. There are a few reasons for this, the first being that I think punishment for food-related behaviors leads to more unhealthy behaviors, and on and on. BUT MAINLY, our post-Thanksgiving lives are chock-full of celebrations, and no one wants a salad for their birthday. Jay’s birthday was yesterday and Beck’s is in less than two weeks, so here’s the first of many holiday party foods.
They’re balls with ham and cheese and chicken.
They were, as all good ideas on this blog are, Jay’s idea, and they were a fantastic one. I love the nostalgic flavors of chicken cordon bleu, crispy exterior, gooey interior, but the process is pretty arduous and a meatball is just so friendly and celebratory, right? For the sake of the holidays, you can totally make these in advance, bake them, then reheat them in the oven until the cheese melts again so all the mess + raw meat nonsense can happen well in advance of your event.
The ingredients are simple, and I’m so glad I’m showing these to you TODAY because they are a perfect use-up for Thanksgiving ham, if you have any of that lying around. I made a few things with leftover ham this weekend and all were just as delicious as eating ham on its own.
Cheers to my wonderful husband and the start of what I hope is the most celebratory of seasons for you! No punishment or self-loathing allowed.
You deserve this. How was your weekend? Ours was fabulous, filled with a wedding with wonderful friends, cooking, family time, begging Beck to sit in a high chair to eat (??), yard work, enjoying fall weather, the absolute most perfect mix of relaxation and fun and productivity.
So instead of ruining that feeling with vegetables or a salad or similarly boring Monday meal, we’re cutting straight to next weekend, where you should probably definitely for sure make THIS. Super simple spinach artichoke dip with four cheeses, including goat. Goat cheese makes it fancy, duh. My sister actually came up with the idea and I made a big batch of this for our last family gathering, and the dip was GONE in about four seconds. We have garlic and green onion for flavor, so much cheese, and the base is vegetables which practically makes this a salad, so no worries if you end up making this today and eating it with a spoon for dinner.
Let’s not waste any more time talking about it.