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.
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    Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil and set aside.
    This will make cleanup MUCH easier.
  2. 2.
    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.
  3. 3.
    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.
  4. 4.
    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.
  5. 5.
    Remove the wings from the marinade and shake off any excess marinade from each one.
  6. 6.
    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.
  7. 7.
    Cook undisturbed for 30-35 minutes until golden brown, and until the wings release easily from the baking sheet.
  8. 8.
    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.
  9. 9.
    This is what the baked wings should look like.
  10. 10.
    When the wings have finished cooking, remove from the oven.
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    Transfer the reserved sauce into a baking dish or mixing bowl.
  12. 12.
    Working in batches, toss the cooked wings in the buffalo sauce until well-coated, then transfer to a serving platter.
  13. 13.
    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.