Copy Jonathan Simkhai's Thanksgiving Crowdpleaser: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Bifen Xu
·Special Projects Director

Photo: Danny Ghitis/The New York Times/Redux 

New York-based fashion designer Jonathan Simkhai has designed dresses for First Lady Michelle Obama, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, and model-of-the-moment Gigi Hadid, but he also knows how to kick Thanksgiving off right with a crowd-pleasing appetizer: Buffalo Chicken Dip. “For the past few years, it’s been my signature Thanksgiving dish,” he says. “It is definitely the tastiest appetizer on the coffee table, and eating it with celery will make you feel only slightly less guilty!”

8 oz softened cream cheese
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
½ cup blue-cheese salad dressing
½ cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cream cheese, salad dressing, and hot sauce in a large bowl. Fold in blue cheese and chicken. Pour into an oven-proof serving dish and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes – until the dish starts to bubble. Serve with crudités and sliced baguette.