Football season is upon us. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been to a Sunday party centered around food and football. Let’s be real here. In college people are poor and no one seems to like sharing as much as I do. School, work and my lack of a social life are also factors in my non-existent football sunday parties. I get my football fix by making buffalo chicken bites and checking my fantasy football scores.
Instead of piling these puppies on a football shaped platter and serving them alongside a cheese platter and queso (can you tell I’m from Wisconsin?), I bring them to work and tempt my co-workers with doughy, cheesy goodness. I promise I could eat a whole batch of these by myself. All 40 or so. I’ve eaten whole pizzas before.
These take a tiny bit of prep time since I opt for the make-your-own-dough route, but you could easily use pizza dough, crescent rolls or smushed biscuit rounds from a cardboard tube that makes a scary popping noise.
For the dough:
1 cup warm milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 packet fast rise yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
For the filling:
1 1/4 cups cooked chicken, finely diced
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup hot sauce (Frank’s Hot Sauce is the best for this!)
2 tablespoons melted butter
Preheat oven to 375°
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the warm milk with the sugar until dissolved, add the yeast.
2. Mix in flour until incorporated. Add a little more if the dough is still too sticky. You could also put this into a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook but I think kneading is fun (also I’m poor and don’t have a stand mixer)!
3. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead for a couple more minutes. Smooth into a ball and put into oiled bowl.
4. Cover with plastic wrap or wet towel and let sit for 2 hours, until doubled in size.
5. Mix chicken, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, hot sauce and melted butter.
6. Punch down the dough and divide into 4 pieces.
7. Roll 4 ropes, about 1 foot long from each section of dough.
8. Flatten one rope until it’s a rectangle, about 12 x 3 inches.
9. Place 1/4 of the chicken mixture along the long side of the rectangle, near the bottom. Roll it up tightly to form a log.
10. Cut into 1 inch pieces, place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
11. Let the bites sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to rise a little more.
12. *Optional: Brush with egg wash or melted butter so the tops brown a little more before baking* Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.
Serve with ranch dressing, celery sticks and extra Frank’s on the side for dipping.
Enjoy them! I made them twice in the span of three days. AND ATE THEM ALL BY MYSELF. Kidding. I took them to work.