Spicy buffalo blue cheese potato chips with Lit'l Smokies sausages is the football party appetizer you didn't even know you needed! This is a great alternative to cheesy nachos and way more delicious.
Our family could not be more excited that our city's team is going to be playing in the final game of this exciting football season!
A mainstay of football food is buffalo wings but as much as Tim and I love buffalo sauce, we prefer our wings dry seasoned vs. saucy and we often use buffalo sauce as a dip instead.
One of our favorite local restaurants here in Charlotte serves up an amazing appetizer called buffalo blue cheese chips -- hot and fresh hand cut potato chips smothered in buffalo and warm blue cheese sauce. We cannot go there without getting it each and every time.
For the last game of the football season, I tried my hand at a homemade version and Tim swears that this is the Best Football Snack I have ever served up.
This is almost a no-cook recipe, you're basically assembling a short list of ingredients:
- Lit'l Smokies® sausages
- Party-sized bag of potato chips
- Buffalo Sauce
- Blue Cheese Dressing
- Green Onions
Cook the Sausages
Make the buffalo sauce recipe in a large enough saucepan and then simply simmer the smoked sausages right in the same pot:
They're already cooked so you're simply heating them through. It should only take about 5 - 10 minutes.
Make the Blue Cheese Dressing
The homemade blue cheese dressing is just a matter of stirring the ingredients together. It is super easy to do in just a minute or so.
Assemble and Serve
You can serve this one of two ways:
1. Snack Board Style
Serve the coated Lit'l Smokies sausages on a platter with the blue cheese sauce in a dipping cup for guests to assemble their own snack plates.
This is a great option for serving a low carb appetizer for guests who prefer that.
2. Nacho Style
Pile up a huge plate of potato chips nacho-style and drizzle the two sauces over the top.
Garnish with the Lit'l Smokies sausages, chopped green onions, and more crumbled blue cheese.
If you want to really go the extra mile, warm the potato chips in your oven on a big baking sheet for 2 - 3 minutes at 350°F before assembling the chip platter with sauces.
We tested it both ways for our family snack buffet:
My mom preferred the Lit'l Smokies sausages separate from the chips and dipped her chips in just the sauce she liked best.
Tim and the kids preferred the nacho style presentation.
At the end of the game? Both serving platters were cleared.
Tim has been requesting that this become a staple of our football watching. High praise from someone who isn't very forthcoming with his compliments!
More Easy Appetizers
If you're hosting a football party, you may want to add a few more options to your snack table.
My easy taco bites recipe is perfectly pop-able to eat and almost completely mess free!
Make a batch of seasoned pretzels in one of the fun 15 flavors.
Or for a meatier dish, my monte cristo pinwheels and ham and cheese sliders are always a hit.
Buffalo Blue Cheese Potato Chips with Lit'l Smokies®
- 2 (12 oz) packages of Lit'l Smokies®
- 8 tablespoon (1 stick) of butter
- ½ cup hot sauce
- 1 cup blue cheese dressing
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1 party size bag of potato chips
To make the buffalo sauce:
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, about 2-3 minutes. Add the hot sauce, stir to combine. Add the Lit'l Smokies to the sauce and stir to coat. Cook them until heated through, about 5 min.
- OPTION 1: Snack Board Style
Place the potato chips in a large bowl. Use a slotted spoon to place the sausages on a platter. Pour the ranch and blue cheese dips into separate small bowls and nestle them on the platter next to the sausages.
- OPTION 2: Nacho Style
Place the potato chips on a large platter, spreading them out like you would for nachos. Use a slotted spoon to sprinkle the sausages over the chips. Drizzle the remaining buffalo sauce over the top. Drizzle the blue cheese dressing over the top. Sprinkle chopped green onions over the top.
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