“Hey Boo-Boo, I found us a pic-a-nic basket!” Sound familiar, anyone? That bear that loved him a picnic! Well, I’m with Yogi, y’all. This week has been right up my alley! It’s been fun to talk picnics on the Southern BelleView porch while our fickle Louisiana weather tries to decide whether to warm us up or freeze us out. A leisurely lunch in the great outdoors with good friends and fine food— count me in.
When I was growing up my family didn’t get to hold picnics in the park or spread blankets on the beach, but our version is just as memorable to me. Our picnics were held on road side rest areas all across the South, signaled by the noon hour that pushed pause on our annual family vacations. While Mama made short work of laying out bologna sandwiches and Little Debbie’s from the heavily laden ice chest, my sisters and I ripped and romped as much as possible, ever conscious that the clock was ticking. It was only a matter of time before we would be reloaded into the sedan’s back seat, confined by those dastardly borders of our own making. Talk about your border wars! The toe of a flip flop could set off an epic conflict faster than Papa could say, “Don’t make me pull this thing over.”
In the spirit of those memories, I offer you my Bodacious Buffalo Dip recipe. It’s just the thing to keep the peace at your next picnic!
16 ounces cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried parsley
1 small roasted chicken from your local deli
½ cup of buffalo wing sauce
½ cup ranch dressing
8 ounces shredded Colby Jack cheese
Now, I’ll walk you through this thing. Ready? I’ve already creamed together sixteen ounces of softened cream cheese with a little garlic powder and dried parsley. I’m going to spread it on the bottom of my small casserole dish and top it with this shredded bite size chicken that I’ve pulled off a small roasted chicken from the deli. Over this we’ll pour a half cup of buffalo wing sauce, a half cup of ranch dressing, and finish by sprinkling with 8 ounces of this shredded Colby Jack cheese. We’ll bake it at 350 degrees until it’s bubbly. YUM! Serve with your favorite chips to your favorite people and enjoy!
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is an author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. She still loves the occasional bologna sandwich if the bologna is freshly cut into big thick slices with red casings! In between visits here at Southern Belleview, you can find Shellie at her place, http://www.allthingssouthern.com