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I'm not here to brag, but let’s just say that I know a thing or two about game day food. While I was a student in the Southern part of heaven, Chapel Hill, I worked as a server at a token college town sports bar. Shout out to the always (and by always, I mean never) classy, Hickory Tavern! Over the 2 years that I worked there, I saw MANY game days, and even more game day appetizers. I consumed tons of buffalo wings, and scoffed at anyone that ordered their wings with a side of ranch (unpopular opinion, sorry!!).
I can confidently say that this dish is better than anything I ever served at that restaurant (which, quite frankly, isn’t saying too much). Imagine if French fries, nachos, and buffalo wings joined forces and created the ultimate app--that’s the best way that I can describe these crispy smashed potatoes. They’re crunchy, spicy, and topped with a classic, homemade blue cheese dressing. If you’re smart, you’ll make a double batch of these ‘taters, ‘cause a hungry crowd can crush these in no time!
I opted for store bought buffalo sauce because it’s one less step to worry about before the BIG GAME (plus, I didn’t think Ina would mind). That said, I love a homemade blue cheese dressing, so I’m whipping one up from scratch. If kick off time is sneaking up on you, go for a pre-made blue cheese dressing! They’re your spuds--do what feels right. Because there’s no such thing as too much blue cheese, I topped off this whole situation with more blue cheese crumbles. If only my managers at that college sports bar could see me now!
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Yield: Serves or Makes 4