No. 1 : Quick Recipe

​Oooey Gooey Buffalo Bean Dip

  • 2 (15 OZ) Cans Cannellini (White Beans), rinsed and drained, divided
  • 4 OZ Light Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese, softened
  • ½ Cup Plain Nonfat Greek  Yogurt
  • 2/3 Cup Buffalo Sauce, (your favorite brand)
  • 2 TB Grated Parmesan or
    Pecorino Cheese
  • ¾ Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • ¾ Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 2 TB Sliced Green Onions
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Sweet or Hot Mini Red Peppers
  • Carrot sticks, Celery sticks and Grape Tomatoes
  • *Handmade Tortilla Chips

Step One

Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray or wipe a 9-inch oven-safe skillet with oil and set aside.

Step Two

Add in 1 can of the drained and rinsed white beans, cream cheese, Greek yogurt and buffalo sauce to a food processor and puree  until smooth. Pour into the prepared skillet.

Step Three

Stir in remaining can of rinsed and drained beans, 1/4 Cup of the mozzarella cheese, 1/4 Cup cheddar cheese and mix. Add the remaining shredded cheeses on top and bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling on the sides. Garnish with cilantro, green onion and peppers. Serve with tomatoes, carrots, celery and chips.

No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop

This easy dip is a swap-out for the wildly popular buffalo dip that seems to be at every gathering, at least before COVID:) It has all the yummy flavors if buffalo chicken wings – without the wings. Here, I’ve taken it and made it lighter, but still as good – you don’t even have to tell anyone that its beans – I bet they won’t guess!

No. 3 : Clever Idea

*Of course you can use purchased tortilla chips for scooping the cheesy dip. But if you’d like to make your own, simply cut corn tortillas in quarters, spray with olive oil, place on a sheet pan in a single layer and slide into a 400F oven. Cook for 5 minutes, remove and flip, then cook til golden and crispy – about 5 – 7 minutes more. Remove and immediately salt to taste.

No. 4 : Wine FIND of the Week

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier
California
Around  $15.00

Two of my fav French grapes are together in this rich, refreshing white wine – that’s a super pair for a slightly spicy app like this one! Chenin Blanc brings the honey and Viognier the flowers, both blended as an experiment by Pine Ridge, that works magnificently! If you’d like to see my review and the back story on this Weeknight Wine, click here

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