We're getting ready for the showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants by cooking up some crowd pleasing football party foods in our Super Bowl Recipe Challenge. Each day we'll be pitting two delicious recipes against each other and declaring one a winner. Join us today as we make quesadillas.
Every Super Bowl Sunday, there's no doubt in any of our friends' or family members' minds that whatever Maressa brings will be Tex-Mex. Not only do I love Tex-Mex, but I feel like dishes like burritos, nachos, and quesadillas are the perfect party foods. Not only can you eat them with your hands, but they can be full of lean protein and veggies -- OR you can go the indulgent direction and pack 'em with spicy meat and ooey-gooey cheese. Mmmm!
But before deciding on THE dish for the big game, I test-drove two recipes: Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas (from Food.com) vs. Tequila Chicken Quesadillas (from FoodNetwork.com).
I changed the recipes up slightly for quicker prep (which I'm sure you'll appreciate, too!) by getting a pre-made wing sauce (which is basically like a premade mix of Frank's hot sauce + butter) for the Buffalo quesadillas, and by buying some pre-made flatbreads for the Tequila Chicken ones. Then, we threw both versions together in a flash, and a winner was declared ...
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But before I reveal the Big Winner of this tough contest, let's check out the recipes!
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas from Food.com
Tequila Chicken Quesadillas from FoodNetwork.com
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Although it was a very close call, the judges (aka my boyfriend and our two good friends) agreed the Tequila Chicken seemed more panini-like -- especially with the peppers and the flatbread. And everyone loved how the Buffalo Chicken one turned out crispier and super-spicy ... which made it even more delicious when dipped in the blue cheese dressing. Muy satisfying!! And obviously, anything buffalo chicken-flavored is destined to be a winner on Super Bowl Sunday. Can't wait to make 'em for the big game!
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