Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball
Serves 15 to 20
Buffalo chicken anything is amazing—Buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese, Buffalo chicken pizza, Buffalo chicken salad, Buffalo chicken sandwiches—so naturally, a great big ball of Buffalo chicken and cheese joins the ranks of foods made better with wing sauce.
2 cups finely shredded cooked chicken
3⁄4 cup buffalo wing sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot Wings sauce
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 ounces blue cheese
1 bunch scallions, chopped, 1 tablespoon of the white part of the scallions reserved
Celery sticks, carrot sticks, and crackers, for serving
Toss the chicken in the wing sauce until coated. Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, blend the chicken mixture, cream cheese, cheddar, blue cheese, and the 1 tablespoon of the reserved white parts of the chopped scallions. Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the remaining scallions.
Serve with celery and carrot sticks and crackers. This cheese ball is quite hearty, so you’ll need a knife for serving.
Excerpted from GREAT BALLS OF CHEESE, © 2013 by Michelle Buffardi. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.