Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

Well it was bound to happen eventually. After two months of trying new recipes, I finally didn't like one! However, this was entirely my fault and we will try the recipe again sometime with a slight modification.

No blue cheese crumbles next time!


So evil

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


The final product

Large pasta shells (we used the entire box but we had a lot of unused ones left over, luckily for me)
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).


Looks good, smells bad

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.


Our silly oven mitt

We used spoons to stuff each of the shells and arranged them in an 8x11 pan, we also used a smaller pan for four other shells that wouldn't fit in the first pan. The recipe calls for you to sprinkle the 2 teaspoons of blue cheese crumbles on top of the shells but we only did that for some of them since I was already nervous about the blue cheese.


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?

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    1. Thanks Jenny! It was a gift from Mike's mom at our wedding shower!

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  2. I don't like blue cheese either and I've done that too, made myself like/eat something I made that I don't like,, only because I felt guilty about throwing food away!

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    1. I hate throwing food away too! Good thing Mike likes it so he will eat the leftovers!

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  3. Love blue cheese, but I think I might have skipped it here too. Sometimes the flavor is just too strong. I had a really great salad like that one time and I had to actually brush off some of the blue cheese to be able to taste anything else. Otherwise looks like a really yummy recipe.

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    1. We are going to give it a second try sometime soon! The blue cheese taste really was overpowering.

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  4. Oh, I LOVE blue cheese but only as cheese - never as part of a recipe. I'll eat it plain, toasted on bread, or in a salad. Any other preparation just doesn't appeal to me, absolutely too strong. Hmm ... got some Maytag Blue in the fridge and fresh bread, I feel a snack coming on.

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    1. Haha I'm glad I could inspire you to have a snack!

      Yea it definitely did not go well with everything, but I don't think I could even handle it as just cheese!

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  5. I'm with you. Blue cheese scares me. I don't think I could eat it, it scares me so much. I think I'm going to try these next week, but probably swap the blue cheese with something like mozzarella! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Mozzarella would be good too!

      I tried really hard to like it but the last shell that I ate almost made me gag it tasted so bad (to me anyway). I'm curious which way Mike will prefer since he liked it with the blue cheese.

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  6. I HATE blue cheese but I LOVE buffalo chicken. WIth out the blue cheese, with looks like something my (very picky) husband and I would love!! Thanks for the idea!

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    1. I'm glad that it gave you an idea for your husband! Mike and I are both particular (I wouldn't say picky) about what we eat. There are certain things I would never touch that he loves and vice versa!

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  7. Oh yes, I'm not a blue cheese fan either. I keep trying it occasionally, just to be sure, but nope- it's not happening. :)

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    1. Yea I think this was the final attempt for me too. There are better cheeses and dressings available!

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  8. The only blue cheese I eat is with wings we buy with dip. Have never used crumbles before!! And... the oven mitt... still a hit!!

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    1. I don't even like that, when we have wings I don't usually dip them in anything (maybe ranch once or twice).

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  9. Love blue cheese dressing on a salad...have never had it in a recipe and I am not sure that I would like it as it is very strong...I think the recipe would be awesome without it...hey it is a lesson learned and that is what this is all about...kudos for trying something different!!!

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    1. Thanks mom!

      I think that blue cheese is in a chicken wing dip that we have had out at a restaurant before, but I liked it! As long as I can't tell that it is in there then I am fine, but it was really strong in this recipe. (Vanessa told me that there are different strengths but I don't know how strong this blue cheese was it was the cheapest option!)

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  10. I hate blue cheese myself. and I'm a HUGE cheese fan :) I can have it crumbled on a salad but would never cook with it or eat the gross dressing YUCK!

    I think it's funny you added something you hate to a recipe, but also good b/c sometimes you end up liking things you didn't before. I always periodically try salmon b/c I WANT to like it, but I hate it every time. lol

    Colin tries NOTHING ...so

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    1. Haha, yea, I don't know what I was thinking! I knew deep down I wouldn't like it but I added it anyway! Oh well, next time no blue cheese!

      Mike has gotten better about trying things, but he always says "oh I don't like that" and after asking "well, have you tried it before?" he always says "no"! He's definitely expanded his food options though!

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  11. Sounds really yummy! I have so many new recipes to try - its just hard to find the time each week. Plus I try not to try all new recipes each week just in case some don't turn out ok! I think I will have to try this - I am making stuffed shells with ground beef this weekend and I hope they turn out good!

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    1. Exactly! That's why I only made my goal to try one new recipe a week, too many and it would just be overwhelming!

      Mike and I usually make our stuffed shells with just cheese and they are great! I'm sure yours are going to turn out wonderfully.

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  12. That sounds sooo flipping ridiculously good. I must try this! I have never made shells before but it seems like something I could maybe manage???!!!

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    1. If we can handle it, I'm sure you can too! It was really easy, just make sure you do cool the shells down before stuffing them (we are too impatient for that but it does help!)

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