With five Hulk-like sons, Diane Gronkowski definitely knows how to feed a hungry crowd.
"We didn't go out to eat," Diane told Patriots.com of her sons' earlier years. "They always ate at home, and it wasn't until they left home that they really started going out to eat."
Although her boys are all grown up and out of the house, the Gronkowski family matriarch still enjoys making their favorite dishes and catching up over a good home-cooked meal whenever she has the chance.
"Maybe someone else would eat [my food] and wouldn't think it was the greatest thing, but because it's something they grew up with, it's special," she said. "It's bring backs memories while you're eating it because it's a familiar taste you haven't had in a long time."
Among those "familiar tastes" are a few famous dishes, including Diane's chicken soufflé, which Rob has touted as "bomb" and "unbelievable."
But what else do the Gronkowski brothers request whenever Mom comes to visit?
"Homemade strawberry jelly and buffalo chicken wing dip," Diane said, emphatically. "I bring other stuff but those two I
have to bring.
"He [Rob] won't let me in if I don't bring them," she added, laughing.
Although Rob likes to eat his mom's buffalo chicken wing dip warm, Diane said that it also tastes great cold, making it a perfect snack for tailgating. So, check out her simple recipe below and bring a little bit of that Gronkowski family magic to your next game day party.
DIANE GRONKOWSKI'S BUFFALO CHICKEN WING DIP
- 12-14 oz chicken breast
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 15-oz jar Rootie's Blue Cheese
- 1/2 cup Frank's RedHot Sauce
Cook the chicken breast and allow it cool completely. Shred chicken using a grater that creates medium-size ribbons.
Put the cream cheese in a saucepan over low heat and allow it to soften, stirring occasionally. Be careful to keep the heat low so you don't burn the cheese.
Stir in the blue cheese dip, and then add hot sauce and shredded chicken.
Serve warm or cold with tortilla chips (Diane recommends her sons' favorite, Tostitos Scoops).
Tip: If you can't find Rootie's in your area (it's a Buffalo, N.Y., thing), you can substitute it with Marie's Blue Cheese.