No blue cheese crumbles next time!
I HATE blue (or bleu if you worked in a restaurant and that's how it was spelled) cheese and I don't know why I thought I would like it this time, but I went ahead and bought the crumbles anyway! Not smart, Jamie, not smart.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, surprise, surprise, and I was really excited to try it since Mike and I LOVE wings! When I first saw the recipe I was concerned about the blue cheese crumbles but I decided to give it a try since that is what this personal goal is all about, trying new things! I really should have just gone with my gut on this one and either just used ranch dressing instead or nothing at all. Lesson learned!
Here's the recipe:
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells
1 pound ground chicken
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup diced celery
6-8 tablespoons Frank's Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce
1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup and 2 teaspoons blue cheese crumbles
We preheated our oven to 350 degrees and at the same time brought a pot of water to boil for the shells. Once that was ready we followed the instructions on the package and cooked the shells accordingly.
While that was going, we added some olive oil to our skillet and browned the ground chicken over medium-high heat (as the original recipe says you could use ground beef or turkey instead). This didn't take very long, maybe about five minutes, and then we added the garlic powder and the celery to the chicken. After cooking for about three minutes we took the skillet off of the burner in order to add the rest of the ingredients.
We stirred in the hot sauce, we did about 6 tablespoons because that is all we had in the bottle but in the future we will probably do a little bit more, ricotta cheese and blue cheese crumbles. (This is when everything went south for me since I could tell just by the smell that I was probably going to be disappointed in this meal. Prior to adding the blue cheese crumbles it smelled DELICIOUS and then it just smelled like feet).
After everything was mixed, we took the shells off of the stove. After draining them we should have run them under cold water (or the original recipe says to put them in a bowl of ice water) because they were HOT and burning our fingers a little bit.
Ugh blue cheese
After cooking the stuffed shells in the oven for about 25 minutes it was time to eat!
Unfortunately, I could only get through three shells before I had to call it quits. I so desperately wanted to be able to eat them because I know that I would love them without the blue cheese but I just couldn't get past the strong taste. Mike loved them though! I'm glad that we had some leftover shells because I reheated them in the microwave and put some butter on them.
We will make this recipe again, but as I mentioned before we are either going to substitute ranch dressing for the blue cheese crumbles or skip it altogether!
How do you feel about blue cheese, do you love it or hate it? Have you ever tried so desperately to like a meal when deep down you know you hate it?