How to Make Buffalo Hot Wings
I barely understand what a field goal is, I couldn't tell you what all the pre-kickoff grunting is about, and I don't really care who is on your fantasy football team. But you'll still want me at your athletic event viewing party, because I will bring these wings.
- •Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil and set aside.This will make cleanup MUCH easier.
- •Melt 2 sticks of butter (margarine if you want the wings to be kosher/nondairy) over low heat in a sauce pan and add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup hot sauce (like Tabasco or Crystal). Stir gently, until completely incorporated. Add a few dashes of cayenne pepper if you like it extra-spicy.It’s important to keep the butter and sauce from separating, so stir constantly until the sauce is incorporated.
- •Divide 2 pounds of party wings (NOT whole chicken wings) and ¼ of the sauce between 2 gallon-size zip-top bags. Push as much air out of the bags as possible, move the wings around in the bag to ensure they are well-coated, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or as long as overnight.This will allow for maximum flavor action.
- •Once the wings have marinated, combine 1 1/2 cups of flour and a teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a bowl or baking dish and stir well to combine.
- •Remove the wings from the marinade and shake off any excess marinade from each one.
- •Working in batches, lightly dredge the wings in the flour mixture to coat. Arrange the coated wings on the baking sheets, making sure not to overcrowd them.
- •Cook undisturbed for 30-35 minutes until golden brown, and until the wings release easily from the baking sheet.
- •Using a pair of tongs or a spatula, turn the pieces over and return to the oven to bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until very crisp.
- •This is what the baked wings should look like.
- •When the wings have finished cooking, remove from the oven.
- •Transfer the reserved sauce into a baking dish or mixing bowl.
- •Working in batches, toss the cooked wings in the buffalo sauce until well-coated, then transfer to a serving platter.
- •Serve the wings hot, with blue cheese or ranch dressing, plus carrot sticks and celery for dipping.Nobody will care about the game when you bring these out.