It’s football season, as I’m sure most of you know, so that means tailgating food time peoples!!!
Fine, so I’m not really a fan of the game myself, but the sound of a game on in the background reminds me of the holiday season when my dad used to watch the big games. My brain now relates the gentle hum of a roaring audience and the deep voice of an announcer to happy holiday atmosphere and family time. I love just having it on even if I have no clue what the point of the game is.
Also, I don’t get the name issue when it comes to football. Was the person who named the game just really unoriginal or was he trying to get everyone really confused? Like really, could they have at least picked a name that makes since, because living in Chile or any place with a European influence, football is the name for soccer. Well, it’s actually fútbol and they say it with a strong accent here so it doesn’t sound the same, but still, way too close. It gets confusing. Now, as a name for soccer, “foot-ball” it makes way more since because you play with your feet, but not for a game that usually ends up with a bunch of meaty men in a dog pile. Does anyone agree with me on this?
The real reason everybody loves football season, if we’re being honest, is the food. It’s the best! Making food that the guys love is one of my favorite things ever. Plus, there are usually plenty of things involved that make us ladies pretty excited too, like chocolate, and plenty of it! But that’ll be for another day. Today is about the spicy pita chips I made that I then slathered in buffalo sauce and chicken and topped with plies of cheese. I served them with this Greek yogurt ranch that is lightened in cals from using yogurt but it’s not missing a beat when it comes to flavor! Plus, it’s #MadeWithChobani because the people over at Chobani are doing a tailgating series in celebration of football season. You can check it out on MadeWithChobani.com. or visit their website for even more awesome recipes.
Needless to say they were pretty popular with the guys (and gals) in my life! I couldn’t believe how fast they went and I’ve been forced to promise that I’ll them again as soon as possible because they disappeared so fast that not everyone got some.
If you’re looking for the perfect recipe to make for your next football night then I think you just found it. Fans of buffalo everything, you’ve gotta make these! Happy Tailgating!
- 4 large pitas, cut into triangles (recipe here )
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon parsey
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dill
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped
- 1/4 cup buffalo sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup prepared Greek yogurt ranch
- 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- salt & pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons chives, chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and line a baking tray with foil or parchment. Toss pita chips with oil and salt in a large bowl to coat them all well. Spread out on tray into a single layer (use 2 trays if necessary) and bake for 12 - 15 minutes until crispy. Remove and set aside for a moment while you make topping.
- While chips bake, make the ranch. Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Mix tomato sauce, buffalo sauce, and 1/4 cup of ranch in a medium bowl. Add chicken and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture over 1/2 of pita chips, then sprinkle with some cheddar and blue cheese crumbles. Top with a second layer of chips and repeat topping layers. Top with chives if desired and bake in oven for 10 to 12 minutes until cheese is all melty. Move pan to top shelf of oven an turn on broil for 3 to 5 minutes to brown top (be careful not to burn edges of chips). Serve hot with a side of Greek yogurt ranch for yummy dippage.