February 5, 2012
Tonight is the Super Bowl. I have never intentionally sat down to watch the Super Bowl although I have been to a few Super Bowl parties. I can’t lie, I went for the food! But here I sit tonight, watching the Super Bowl with my husband, eating some vegetarian chicken wing dip, and sharing the dip recipe with you, dear readers! I figure some vegetarian folks might be attending a Super Bowl party tonight and have the same chicken wing dip envy I once had and would come home and search for a recipe to make it themselves.
My first Super Bowl party was during my senior year of high school. The food that sticks out in my mind was Buffalo wings. Now, I ate my share of Buffalo wings before I was a vegetarian, but I hated eating meat of the bone, so they were not always a go to food for me. I must admit, it was the flavor, that buttery spicy sauce that brought me back every time. As a big fan of blue cheese dressing, the combination of the two made them irresistible! For the record, I never, ever, ate celery with my wings. We all know I am a celery hater.
When I became a vegetarian, I found I craved the spicy Buffalo sauce and the creamy blue cheese dressing. To combat that craving, I started making Buffalo wing tofu salads, drizzled with blue cheese dressing. I would fry up tofu cubes, toss them with Buffalo wing sauce, and serve it over a bed of greens. I have since used Quorn cutlets or pieces. It makes things a lot easier and it cuts down on the oil I have to use, because I don’t have to fry the Quorn first, I only have to toss it in the Buffalo wing sauce and cook the mixture down in a pan.
The Buffalo wing tofu salad also works well as a wrap. It’s very tasty and my husband, who is a meat eater, likes it a lot too. Buffalo wing tofu is one of my most requested recipes. I have never put it up on the website and I should sometime.
However, even though I satisfy my cravings for Buffalo wings with my salad, I have always been jealous of the chicken wing dip that is at a lot of baby showers, bridal showers, and potlucks I have attended. It looks so good and I have never tasted it. It never even occurred to me to make a vegetarian version until the past couple of weeks leading up to the Super Bowl when recipes and mentions of this dip kept popping up in my news feed on Facebook. I came up with my own version, adding some of my favorite things to add a personal touch to the recipe. My version is really fast and easy to put together. It’s also made in a crock pot, so it could easily be assembled before a get together and left to cook on low so you can attend to other party prep. Remember, I have never had this dip, but this is my interpretation of how I think it would taste.
Here’s my vegetarian version of chicken wing dip:
Vegetarian Chicken Wing Dip
2 packages of Quorn cutlets (8 cutlets)
2 packages of Neufchatel cheese, softened
1 and 1/2 cups of shredded extra sharp cheddar
1/4 cup Gorgonzola crumbles
8 ozs of hot sauce (I use Frank’s Red Hot)
1 and 1/2 cups of prepared blue cheese dressing
1 tablespoon minced garlic
fresh ground pepper and cayenne pepper, to taste
Start out by cooking the Quorn cutlets (follow the instructions on the box for your preferred method of cooking). Next, dice the cutlets. Combine all of the ingredients into a crock pot, minus a half cup of the shredded cheese, and cook on low for two hours. Check on this from time to time, giving the mixture a good stir to ensure all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.
You can serve this right in the crock pot or in a bowl. Either way, sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top of the dip.
For us tonight, I dished out individual serving in vintage soup crocks with woven wheat crackers. I put too much in the crocks, because we weren’t able to finish our portions. It’s a good thing these crocks can be cover up and popped in the oven to warm up later.
As for the Super Bowl, I still don’t understand football, even though I played in my high school’s Powder Puff football game for 4 consecutive years. I still don’t know why I did that either. I did enjoy the commercials, I loved to see Madonna dance, and as I wrap this up, there is still 39 seconds on the clock with the Giants in the lead. We are rooting for the Giants in my house.
Have a safe night friends and keep cooking!