SEPTEMBER 26, 2013–CLASSIC AND ASIAN HOT WINGS
We all know Buffalo Wings don’t come from the animal buffalo, but rather from the town of Buffalo–at least I hope you knew that.
We also all know that buffalo wings–or HOT WINGS (pg. 106) as Pioneer Woman calls it goes great with football games.
Football took me many years to appreciate. Back in the Dark Ages when we first got married and the internet was all run on DSL. (DSL = extremely slow!) The Hunni would get off work and the first thing he would do was check the football scores. Now at that time we lived down in Ecuador, South America, so he couldn’t watch the games. I could NOT understand his interest in football scores. He would also read about who was “picked up” in the draft. Then he would tell me. I nodded, but I didn’t even really know what The Draft was. I knew it was connected with football somehow, but I wasn’t interested enough to learn any more.
I remember one night there was a Big Game being played, and the only place 4 missionary families could go to watch the Big Game was T.G.I.Friday’s–which had just recently opened in Quito. Excitement was running high, and all the Guys had favorite sides. Along with the four American families was one local Ecuadorian, which in typical fashion had showed up at the last minute for supper, so of course he was invited along. He ended up sitting by me at the end of the table. He was quite shocked that anybody (especially these missionaries) could get so worked up about a game that wasn’t soccer.
The guys had a great time, but quite frankly, I was lost. And a little embarrassed. I mean, they were supposed to be “in the LORD’s work”, yet they were watching football on T.V! AND CHEERING! I was confused.
Slowly I realized that football was part of The Hunni’s loves. And slowly, I stopped being annoyed at him for checking the football scores and started asking questions. Most of them were rather dumb ones. And ever so slowly, I started to learn the game.
And now I cheer. I mean I really CHEER!
I remember when Eli Manning threw the pass that won the game–not just any game–but, The Super Bowl game against the undefeated Patriots. I was so excited that I jumped off the couch with my right hand in a cheering fist. I was so ecstatic, that I jumped high enough to punch out the light in our basement ceiling!! (And do you know why I wanted Eli Manning to win (other than that the Patriots were a very cocky team). I wanted Eli Manning to win because as a mom, you want your kids to have the same privileges. And Payton Manning already had a Super Bowl title, and I thought that (as a mom) it would be great if the brothers both had titles. I know. Rather silly, but it doesn’t stop there. Payton and Eli Manning have a third brother that doesn’t play football, and that night I prayed that whoever he was and wherever he was that the third brother wouldn’t feel left out and would find his place in life. I told you it got silly. My mommy heart was reaching out for “boys” that are only a few years younger than me.
Since then, I have learned that Cooper–the other brother–also loved football, but he had Spinal stenosis–a narrowing of his spinal column that left him with numb hands. And Cooper–the other brother–is a big fan, married with kids, and with a good job. He isn’t “the bitter pill”, and is happy for his very famous brothers. He follows them and is their biggest fan.
Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce: Wings need sauce, and hot wings need a cooling sauce. Blue Cheese Dip cools the bite. Mix 1 cup of mayonnaise, 2/4 cup of sour cream, 1 cup of blue cheese crumbles, 5 -6 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and salt-n-peppah to taste. Mix together and put in the frig.
Since we are making two types of wings (both hot wings and Asian wings), let’s get the glaze going for the Asian Hot Wings. Pioneer Woman uses a plum jelly and adds some heat. I had this Hot Pepper jelly, so I used it.
You also need some soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and plum jam.
Mince up some red onion, some garlic, ginger (mine is dried), and a hot pepper or two. I have found that Pioneer Woman can handle WAY more heat than I can, so I usually half all the “heat” she adds to her recipes.
For the Asian Glaze combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat until the sauce is slightly thickened. You will dump this glaze over the chicken wings after frying them.
Classic Glaze: The Classic Glaze is just butter and Tabasco Sauce heated with a little Worcestershire sauce. It is VERY hot. I much preferred the Asian Hot Wings.
Okay that is the easy part.
Here is the hard part.
I didn’t buy frozen, already cooked, chicken wings. I bought the large package of Chicken Wings in the meat department. And when I started this recipe, I realized that I had to chop up the chicken wings. I didn’t really know how. I couldn’t find anyplace that would tell me how.
I didn’t really like the job.
It reminded me too much of Biology class.
Here is how you chop up chicken wings to make Buffalo Wings.
This is how the chicken wings come in the package. It didn’t look like the Buffalo Wings I’ve ordered from restaurants. You have to chop the chicken wing into three parts. You have to cut between the joints.
The first two parts are “Buffalo Wings”. The third piece isn’t used. You can use it to make chicken stock or just throw it away. I also had to pull out some of the feathers the “plucking machine” missed.
There. That wasn’t so fun, but good food is cooked from scratch, and sometime “from scratch” means you have to get your hands a little dirty.
All the wings need to be deep fried in Canola oil. I’m sorry, but I didn’t get a picture of the wings frying.
After the wings are fried, dump the glaze over the wings and stir to coat, then bake them on a tray or casserole dish for about 15 minutes.
The classic accompaniment to wings is celery–or carrots in my case. Use the 15 minutes you have will the wings bake to chop up some celery (or carrots if that is all your frig yields.)
I served each plate with a personal dipping sauce as my kiddos are still inclined to double-dip.
Wings are a bit of a long process, but like doughnuts, thy are a specialty food that tastes good in the fall. Wings with a football game just taste. . .well. . .they taste like someone cares.
P.S. The countdown to finish up cooking all of the recipes in Pioneer Woman’s “Food From My Frontier” is most finished. Thanks for coming along with me in this year long adventure.