I’ve been praying about what I could gift you all with this holiday season considering most of you were born when I was graduating from high school or trying college the first time around (it is just as painful for me to write that as it is for you to read it). I mean what could you need or want from such an old gal as myself?
So, I pondered words of wisdom… hmm, nope. What about sending you each a check or a gift card… that could work, but I’m a broke college student too. Oh, I know what I could gift you — the gift of a home cooked meal each week. But I’m not there… I’m in the Kansas City area. I can do the next best thing, however, which is to write out directions for a crockpot recipe each week so you can get together with your friends, pool your resources (money, food, kitchen gadgets) and have a great meal. Heck, my circle of friends is still doing this every week, and it really is fun.
So, without further ado, I bring you the recipe of the week. It has something for everyone — the football lover, the spicy foodie, and those who love hanging with their friends. It is called Buffalo Chicken Lasagna. I originally saw this on Good Morning America and it has become a hit when we have friends over to play games, watch movies or of course football.
Buffalo Chicken Lasagna
–uncooked traditional lasagna noodles (I use one whole box)
–4 already cooked chicken breast halves (instead of this I bought two bags of the Tyson boneless Buffalo chicken wings)
–jar of prepared pasta sauce (I use the canned stuff…it is cheaper and still pretty good…my kiddos like the Four Cheese Hunt’s brand that runs about a buck a can)
–1 cup buffalo wing sauce
–3 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers (if you have an Aldi’s store near I would suggest going there their prices are low on produce )
–tub of ricotta cheese (15 oz)- again, we are cheap so I use cottage cheese which is similar to the ricotta cheese in texture
–2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella and cheddar blend)
–1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
–1/4 cup of water (add at very end)
Use at least a 5 qt. crockpot, or cut back on the amount of ingredients.
In a large glass bowl, combine cooked and chopped chicken breast/Tyson boneless wings, the pasta sauce, and 1 cup of buffalo wing sauce.
Ladle a big spoonful of the sauce into the bottom of your crockpot. Cover with a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. You’ll have to break them to get a proper fit.
Add a smear of ricotta cheese/ cottage cheese to the top of the noodles. Add a layer of chopped bell pepper. Sprinkle on a handful of shredded cheese.
Repeat layers until you run out of ingredients.
Add the bleu cheese crumbles, if desired. Put the 1/4 cup of water into your empty pasta sauce jar and shake. Pour the liquid over the top of the entire lasagna.
Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 4-5. When cooking time is complete, unplug and take off the lid of the crock. Let it sit for 20 minutes before cutting into. Or it will fall apart. Even if it does fall apart it is still yummy.
Hope this finds you well fed and with friends this week.
Blessings – Sherry