Monday, December 8, 2014

Chopped Chicken Sliders with Tabasco Cheese Sauce {Delicious Party Food}

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For my family, this season has not been all about the holiday parties or get-togethers as usual - it's been a lot more about spending quality time together with our immediate family. Between his job, my job and homeschooling the kiddos it seems that everyday we are stretching what little time we have left to just "hang" together. It's important to us that our family connects all year long, but it is especially important during the holiday season. One of our favorite winter pastimes is snuggling up together to watch some of our favorite Christmas movies. This past weekend we go to do just that, get cuddled and cozied up with the kiddos to enjoy The Grinch Who Stole Christmas - one of our absolute favorites! I wanted to whip up some delicious party food for the occasion and decided to make these Chopped Chicken Sliders with Tabasco Sauce.

Although Tabasco has several favor varieties I opted to use their Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce due to it being milder than their Original Red Sauce.{plus it didn't hurt that our movie choice was The Grinch, who just happens to also be green!} Let me be clear - only the heat is milder , the sauce is still packing a FABULOUS punch of flavor. While my husband and I love hot hot sauces, my kiddos can only take so much heat - making Tabasco's Green Pepper Sauce the perfect choice for our movie-night dish. Of course I still had to pick up a bottle of Tabasco's Original Red Sauce and Chipotle Sauce for when I can pour hot sauce onto my own food {it's so versatile it goes on almost anything!} and not worry about the kiddos grabbing it.

Beside these three flavors Tabasco also has Buffalo Style Hot Sauce, Habanero Sauce, Garlic Pepper Sauce and Sweet & Spicy Sauce. So much goodness packed into 5oz. bottles!! Tabasco has a pretty nice user interface on their website, it's totally worth a peek to check out their products, recipes and seriously a whole bunch more. It's ok, you can go see for yourself and I'll wait right here. :)

You back? Ok, let's get to this recipe for Chopped Chicken Sliders with Tabasco Cheese Sauce. It's pretty basic and under 10 ingredients.

Plus it yields more Tabasco Cheese Sauce than will be needed for a dozen (or two) sliders - so use it as a dipping sauce, it went marvelous with french fries. Or maybe make some to pour on some baked potatoes. Or use it for a fondue and dip an array of goodies in it - from breads to veggies to apples. The cheese sauce would even be great for dipping tortilla chips. I love the kick of flavor that the Tabasco Green Jalapeño Sauce added to the cheese sauce, not an overwhelming spiciness but instead the perfect flavor enhancement!

Chopped Chicken Sliders
yields 12 sliders
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
½ chop chopped onion
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped (I used grilled chicken)
salt and pepper to taste
1.Over medium-high heat, heat olive oil in skillet. Add green bell peppers, cook until starting to get tender - 4-5 minutes. Add onions, cook until started to turn translucent - 2-3 minutes. Add chicken, salt and pepper and heat thoroughly. Remove from heat.
2.Slice rolls in half and add chicken mixture evenly.
3.Drizzle Tabasco Cheese Sauce over top of chicken mixture before adding top bun to rolls. Serve immediately.

Tabasco Green Pepper Cheese Sauce
yields 2 cups
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon chopped onion
2 cups warm milk
8 oz. Provolone cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce
1.Over medium heat, melt butter. Mix in onions. Add flour, whisking continuously for a minute to create a roux.
2. With slotted spoon, remove onions. Stir in milk slowly while continuing to stir. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until mixture has thickened, stirring frequently.
3.Stir in cheese and Tabasco sauce. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

I'm sure Tabasco is pretty much available at most grocers, but just a quick heads up that it can be found at Walmart. "My" store had it near the BBQ Sauces. Happy shopping!!


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