baked buffalo chicken stuffed artichokes with blue cheese
One of my favorite sporting events of the year. Three straight weekends of full on nail biting, shouting, upsets, triple overtimes, and buzzer bucket wins.
As someone that used to b-ball it up back in my AAU, Woody Harrelson White Men Can’t Jump playing days, there’s nothing more exhilarating then tournament play. Every shot, foul, blocked shot, rebound, push, shove, and swish determines whether or not you will be crowned a champion.
Since yours truly hasn’t hit the courts in over a decade, the best way to get in on the March Madness action, food! Instead of just four measly hours to graze and munch like the Super Bowl during March Madness you’ve got to pace yourself.
So to kick off this comfort food madness marathon, I thought some buffalo chicken should make an appearance. But not just any buffalo chicken, pssssshhhh…….player pa-leaze. This buffalo chicken is stuffed into some roasted seasonal artichokes and topped with a spicy cheddar cheese sauce and blue cheese. Baked until golden brown and bubbly.
As Dick Vitale would say, “It’s AWESOME BA-BY!”
Eat Seasonal Series:
My talented and fantastic friend, Becky, author of The Vintage Mixer, and her husband Josh, are showing us that eating seasonally can be fun! Each month they will provide a Seasonal Produce Guide, which you can save on your iPhone or desktop so you can get in the seasonal eating spirit.
Not only do they provide a beautiful illustration each month like the one above, you can also join me and a few fabulous food bloggers who are serving up seasonally inspired recipes. Follow us on Instagram and tag your photos with the #eatseasonal hashtag!
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Well Plated – Curried Broccoli Chickpea Hash
Climbing Grier Mountain – Baked Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Artichokes with Blue Cheese
Completely Delicious – Roasted Asparagus and Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Bless this Mess – Spinach and Mushroom Marinara with (or without) Meatballs
Cookie and Kate – Greek Broccoli Salad
Kitchen Confidante – Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Peas
Vintage Mixer – Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Cafe Johnsonia – Blood Orange Asparagus Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing
Kelley Mountain Mama Cooks- Avocado and Mango Salad with Citrus Poppyseed Dressing
Oh, Sweet Basil- Creamy Garlic Lemon Butter Pasta
Foodie Crush – Spinach, Leek and Bacon Quiche
Baked Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Artichokes with Blue Cheese
2 large artichokes, prepped and trimmed
2 lemons, sliced in half
1/2 lb ground chicken, cooked
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup hot sauce (*I used Franks)
Blue cheese crumbles, garnish
salt and pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the lemons and artichokes to the pot and lower to a simmer. Cover the lid and cook for about 30 to 35 minutes. Once cooked, remove artichokes from pot and place them stem side up on a paper towel to allow the water to drain out.
Next, preheat oven to preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a small baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place the artichokes into the baking pan and splay the leaves, sprinkling the ground chicken in between the layers.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and continue to whisk for about a minute. Gradually pour in the milk and continue to whisk until thickened about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cheese, hot sauce, and s&p.
Pour the cheese sauce over the artichokes and top with blue cheese. Place the baking pan in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
These are gorgeous! I’ve never worked with artichoke but love to eat it.
I’ll but on my big girl apron and try it out. 😉
Sune, you will love these! It’s super and worth the labor of love:)
March madness!!! Though I’ll be too busy stuffing my face with these ‘chokes to pay attention.
Ha! And this is why we are friends:)
Oh wow! You just combined all of my favorite things into one beautiful dish! I can’t wait to try this!
Thanks, Annie! It’s definitely a new fav!
Wowza. I admit not getting into the March madness craze, but I’m definitely mad about these stuffed artichokes, Lauren. Seriously a winner.
MWAH! Thanks, Liren:)
March Madness baby!! I love it because it’s true tournament style. Better bring your A-game because any team can win on any given day! I love artichokes and I love wings but never thought to combine the two- nice work and perfect game day eats. Go Utes!!
Thanks, Kelley! There’s always room for game day eats especially when buffalo is involved. Looking forward to seeing you in May!
I love the buffalo chicken comfort food, combined with artichoke, that sounds amazing! I really need to try cooking an artichoke one of these days – it looks delicious!
Stacey – It’s super easy and definitely worth the labor of love! xoxo
Wow…awesome flavors here, i’d love to face plant this right now!!
GO FOR IT!!! xoxo
I’m all about the food, son!! These are totally bringing down the HOUSEEEEE!
You know it! xoxo
That is one good lookin’ stuffed artichoke.
Why, thank you, Jennie!
I love that all of your recipes follow your food style. And I wish I could eat them all with you 🙂 This buffalo chicken stuffed artichoke is brilliant!! Spring inspired comfort food at its finest.
Thanks, Becky! And you know I’ll save you some:)
Wow! This looks amazing! What a creative flavor combination!
Thank you, Amanda!
Thanks, Trish! xoxo
I can’t believe that you just stuck buffaloy-bluecheesy-goodness in an artichoke! Mind. Blown. I can’t wait to make this!
You just made my dream team of hot sauce and leafy artichokes, my favorite spring veggie ever. This is my idea of scooping. Good luck on your brackets, it’s sure to be a mad March.
These win best recipe of the week. Yummy! I need to make these. Totally a delicious meal in my book.
Hold the freaking press! This is GENIUS!
Somehow the.boy is just not that into march madness, which baffles me to no end…so we usually don’t watch it. But I think we at least need to get some March Madness eating under our belts! Love the stuffing for these. The spice sounds fabulous.
I love this take on the traditional bufflalo wings and blue cheese dressing. Lov eto incorporate veggies into those flavors!
I need to get my spring act together and start using artichokes more! This looks killer!
I made these for dinner last night… and they were just eh. In the future I might create a more saucier dipping sauce and dip the steamed artichoke in them instead of baking all the ingredients on it. The flavors were GREAT but because of the presentation, it was more difficult to eat.
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