Buffalo Wings Recipe

As a wings fan for many years, this recipe is the real deal.   I’ve had many visits to Lot17, which I think has the best wings in the city.. especially the jerk wings.    The only caveat is you might want to pick up a cheap deep fryer at Target.   Trying to deep fry with oil and just a fry thermometer is a pain.    The deep fryer with fry basket enables you to fry more.   If you don’t want to fry, you can always just add some more time to the bake.   I would keep an eye on the wings so they don’t burn though.

Buffalo Wings
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This recipe will keep you company during the dark times of no football.


BUFFALO WINGS

FOR THE BLUE CHEESE DIP
•  1 cup mayonnaise
•  6 ounces Maytag blue cheese, crumbled
•  6 ounces plain nonfat yogurt
•  ¼ cup buttermilk
•  3 tablespoons seasoned rice wine or white wine vinegar

Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, buttermilk, vinegar and half of the blue cheese until smooth. Stir in remaining blue cheese and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Or better yet: Hit the store and buy the thickest glop available.

FOR THE WINGS
•  5 lbs. chicken wings, separated into drumette and bow sections, dried overnight on paper towels in the refrigerator
•  ¾ cup Frank’s Original RedHot Sauce (or for the heat seekers, up your Scoville units with the hot sauce of your choice)
•  1 stick unsalted butter
•  2 capfuls of white vinegar
•  Peanut oil for frying

1. Pour yourself an iced shot of tequila, take a deep breath, and contemplate greatness.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3. Use aluminum foil to create a “collar” on a Dutch oven, electric frying pan, or cast iron skillet to prevent splattering. Add peanut oil to a depth of about four inches and place over high heat until oil registers 375 degrees on a deep-fat thermometer. Working in batches, place wings in hot oil, stirring frequently with a slotted spoon, being careful not to overcrowd the pot. Cook until wings are golden brown, anywhere from 8-15 minutes. Drain on paper towels, or if you want to kick it old school Buffalo style, drain ’em on some brown paper grocery bags.

4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter and mix in Frank’s sauce and vinegar for medium-spicy wings. Add more butter to lower spiciness, more sauce to raise spiciness.

5. Place cooked wings in a large bowl, ladle sauce over wings, and toss to coat.

6. Transfer coated wings to a large baking tray, and bake in oven: 15-20 minutes, or until wings are not sticky to the touch.

Serve hot with blue cheese dip, celery sticks and beer.

Savor greatness.

From Nick Bakay’s NFL Super Bowl blog.

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