I made a meal the other night that I knew would be good. Just the name — buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese — made my mouth water. Why had I not thought of this before? There is nothing I love more than buffalo sauce with cheddar cheese and chicken. And macaroni and cheese? I must admit it: this is my favorite meal.
I make a pizza version of this combination that is so easy and delicious. And although I make many other pizzas, in plenty of gourmet varieties, this simple one is still my favorite. The flavors just work well together. Something about the spicy buffalo sauce blended with the sharpness of cheddar cheese just works.
Anyway, I was perusing recipes online, which is one of my favorite things to do now that I have discovered Pinterest. The format of the website makes it easy to find images of beautiful dishes that you may want to make. You can store them in online folders for future inspiration, and they link you directly to the directions and cooking instructions. Follow mine if you want. I have started a pretty large file of things I want to make. Either way, if you are into blogs or cooking websites, this is a great way to find more sites and food you may like.
This dish I found in just that way, and it just sounded so good that I had to try it. When I read the recipe, I realized why: it had a stick of butter and a substantial amount of cheese. Needless to say, this dish is not for those on a diet. Since it is hockey season for me and my husband again, I decided it would be okay. I generally don’t like to make such rich dishes and have that kind of stuff around my house, but every now and then I will go for it.
My husband Brian said it was “The best thing I have ever made him” and that “I have to write it in my column.” A bold statement considering how much I cook, but I decided if he liked it that much, others will too.
As usual, I put my own spin on the recipe and made substitutions according to my personal tastes. I was also distracted in the grocery store and grabbed Frank’s hot sauce instead of buffalo sauce. Thankfully, there is an easy fix for that: melt butter and add the hot sauce. That mixture turns into buffalo sauce. I used a rotisserie chicken to easily get chicken chunks.
This dish was worth every ounce of fat added by the butter. It is a delicious winter dish to make after you have worked up an appetite.