Buffalo-Style Snacks for Game Day

Get new takes on Buffalo-style snacks that’ll give traditional wings a run for their money.

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

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When Buffalo chicken wings hit the snack table on football Sunday, it’s game over. No other snack food can compete — no matter how cheesy or spicy it is. The focus shifts from the TV to the saucy grub as each guest reaches to get his or her fair share (or more).

The sauce, traditionally made with a mixture of butter and hot sauce, is the reason the wings are so irresistible. And while it makes an awesome coating for baked or fried chicken, there’s no limit to where you can apply that beloved flavor combination. Even vegetables taste great dressed in the tangy mixture. Below are some new takes on Buffalo-style snacks that’ll give traditional wings a run for their money.

On Sundays, it can be hard not to undo your week’s worth of healthy eating. But Buffalo cauliflower will make it easier. With a fraction of the calories and fat, it’s a good and satisfying alternative that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out.

Buffalo Puppies

Buffalo Puppies

Food Network Kitchens Buffalo Puppies

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Combine two comfort foods and make them mini. For these cocktail hot dog sliders, it’s all about the blue cheese sauce and hot pepper sauce drizzle. Red onions and crushed blue chips add a bonus crunch.

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With a crumbled blue cheese panko topping and a hot-sauce-infused cheese sauce, Food Network Magazine’s mac and cheese incorporates all the key Buffalo wing flavors. There’s even celery (which is often served on the side of wings to go with the blue cheese dip) mixed in with the spicy rotisserie chicken.

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Consider these crispy bites filled with oozing cheddar and spicy Buffalo chicken game-day croquettes. The creamy blue cheese dip should not be underestimated. Garlic, Worcestershire sauce, a touch of lemon juice and, yes, more hot sauce match up to the bold flavors of the fried balls.

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Antonis Achilleos

This quick-fix dinner is perfect for a Monday or Thursday night game. The whole meal, including the grilled corn, takes just 30 minutes.

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No one will complain about fresh veggies in the snack spread when there’s also Buffalo-style hummus. Just a touch of barbecue sauce and hot sauce adds a smoky flavor with a kick. Suddenly those carrot and celery sticks become more appealing.

You’ll find plenty of more ways to satisfy your Buffalo craving here, including meatballs (pictured above), patatas bravas and stuffed mushrooms. And if all you want is your classic chicken-and-Buffalo-sauce combination, that’s there too.

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