Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Kicking back on a Saturday night with a beer (or wine) in hand watching a movie or two you need finger food.  Something easy to eat that is delicious and comforting.
You can't go past Buffalo Wings. Probably one of the most famous appetisers from the States. 
Living in Toronto years ago, one of my favourite nights of the week was Beer & Wing night at the local pub with a great friend sharing some Buffalo wings and cheap beer.  It was always a lot of fun and they were so tasty.
There are a few claims circulating about where Buffalo wings originated.  The most famous being Anchor Bar in Buffalo.  Here legend states that Franks Red Hot was used.  When I found a bottle of Franks Red Hot in Woolworths the other week (and on sale for $2!) I had an idea....make your own! 
throw it all on a chopping board to serve 

1.5 kilo of chicken wings, broken down drum and wing (discard wing tip (or use to make chicken stock) or purchase already cut
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
dash of oil
1/4 cup of butter, melted
1/4 cup Franks Red Hot
handful of parsley, chopped
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
100gms of blue cheese (I used Blue Castello)
Dash of lemon juice
carrots sticks
celery sticks
  1.  Mix onion powder, garlic powder and oil and season with salt and pepper and rub into chicken wings.  Place in fridge for at least 2 hours (or up to 12 hours).
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  3. Place wings on a wire rack in a baking tray and bake in oven for approx 1 hour or until crispy and meat is tender.
  4. Place sour cream, mayonnaise, blue cheese and lemon juice in a blender until mix until smooth, pour into a bowl and place in fridge until ready.
  5. When the wings are ready, mix melted butter and Franks Red Hot in a bowl (use more or less Red Hot to taste). 
  6. Toss hot wings in sauce and serve with blue cheese dressing, any leftover wing sauce (for extra dipping), carrots and celery.
I also did a side of baked sweet potato home fries and corn cobs.
These were so frickin' delicious and as close to the real thing as you could get.  They are slightly healthier too as the chicken is baked and not fried.

The boy was in his element and I was licking my fingers too.
Did you know that Buffalo Wings have become so famous that the town of Buffalo in New York state even have a Chicken Wing Day!

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