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Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

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I had to cancel my Open House Wine Tasting due to the pain in my back. I was left with a humungous container of blue cheese purchased from Costco. After a couple of salads and some blue cheese burgers, we had hardly put a dent in the stuff. Then, as I was icing up at the chiropractic office the other day, I found this recipe in Taste of Home magazine.

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Not the best photo ever, but I took it while I was frantically cooking and cleaning. The point is that the recipe called for 1 and 3/4 cup blue cheese. Bonus that this woman won $25,000 for Taste of Home‘s Ultimate Potluck Recipe Contest.

I thought I’d give it a shot. I could use up some blue cheese and introduce Rob to that Buffalo-Blue Cheese flavor combination. Being allergic to chicken, he’s lost out on this zesty opportunity. That’s tragic for someone who prefers well-seasoned foods!

Although I’ve made lasagna plenty of times, the recipe took a bit longer than I had expected. But it was well worth it. Of course, I didn’t make it with chicken. Instead, I substituted one pound ground pork and a 1/2 pound ground beef since I only made half of this recipe (but with beef) earlier in the week.

Of course, my results aren’t pretty. But really, what lasagna that isn’t staged for a magazine really is?

Buffalo

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Here’s the thing. My husband told me that it is the best lasagna he’s ever had…anywhere. Then he went to so far as to say that it is the best thing I’ve ever made for him!

Okay, so I don’t even know how I got Taste of Home magazine in the mail. And I would say this lasagna was great and a good change from the norm. But the best thing I’ve ever made? Was he just really hungry? Was it the newness of the Buffalo flavor? {I honestly could have used a little more blue cheese. Unless, I just hadn’t distributed the crumbles well enough and my piece was lacking.}

In any case, it was a winner and it has been demanded that it be added to the rotation. You can find the full, more-easily-readable¬†*recipe here*. Rob asked that I make a note of any variations I made so that I make it the exact same way next time! But to be honest, I didn’t do any big variations. They included:

  • Grapeseed oil instead of canola oil
  • 1 lb ground pork and 1/2 pound lean ground beef instead of 1.5 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 heaping tsp of Trader Joe’s Crushed Garlic instead of 2 cloves of garlic
  • My can of diced tomatoes was of the roasted garlic and onion variety (Can you tell we like garlic?)
  • My bottle of hot wing sauce was just Frank’s Red Hot Original
  • I chose an artisan blend of shredded cheddar cheeses rather than just white cheddar

In fact, most people wouldn’t consider these variations, just choices. But I thought I’d note them here so that I can recreate this exactly for Rob one day.

And while the sodium and fat content (with all that cheese!) is rather high, the calorie content is not – just 466 calories per serving and 33 grams of protein. Good for a once-in-a-while dinner, no?

What’s the best lasagne you’ve ever had?

Cheers~
Carrie