Super Bowl XLVIII (that's the number 48) is a couple of weeks away and the Denver Broncos will be facing the Seattle Seahawks. There are already a few givens: the Super Bowl will be played in MetLife Stadium (home of the New York Jets and New York Giants of the NFL), Bruno Mars is performing the half time show, billions of dollars will be spent on 30 second commercials, and (even more importantly) millions of chicken wings will be consumed for this 3-4 hour event. Chicken wings are a common staple for this annual event and is in fact the ultimate party food whether it'd be in a bar or someone's house all across the nation. You're sure to enjoy these wings whether you're a Dallas Cowboys fan or you root for the New England Patriots.
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Now, let's be realistic, buffalo wings aren't exactly the healthiest food you can eat and I never really understood why carrot and celery sticks were always paired with buffalo wings. Is it just for decoration? I don't know. This is a Super Bowl party. We're eating wings, pizza, fries, nachos, and anything that is remotely unhealthy, so there's no room in my stomach for veggies unless it's guacamole, salsa, or onion rings. If you need vegetables to help you feel less guilty, then by all means include them. I always discard the celery and carrot sticks whenever I order buffalo wings at a restaurant anyway, so I don't even bother serving them whenever I make these wings for my guests. I do, however, make the blue cheese dressing though. I find that the dairy goes well with the spiciness of the buffalo wings when you use it as a dipping sauce for your wings - the dressing really does complement the wings. I've used the dressing as a condiment for chicken nuggets, fries, and even as a spread for a burger or sandwich. The recipe for that is below as well. If you don't feel like making the blue cheese dipping sauce, I sometimes use ranch dressing. You can just use a bottle of your favorite store bought ranch dressing as a dipping sauce instead of the blue cheese. I know some people don't like blue cheese because of its pungent flavor, but I'm one of the few that enjoy the taste of blue cheese. Or better yet if you don't like blue cheese, you can make these buffalo wings and give your guests a variety of other dipping sauces to choose from: ranch, ketchup, honey mustard, creamy parmesan, chili lime, teriyaki, curry, Cajun, and even an Asian peanut sauce just to name a few.
Super Bowl Buffalo Wings RecipeAmerica's Test Kitchen - season 3, episode 1, Party Foods
Serves 6 to 8
Frank's RedHot Original Sauce is not super spicy. We like to combine it with a hotter sauce, such as Tobasco, to bring up the heat.
2 tbsp Tabasco sauce or other hot sauce, plus more to taste
1/2 cup hot sauce, preferably Frank's Louisiana Hot Sauce [Crystal Hot Sauce is just as good]
2 tsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
4 tbsps unsalted butter
3 lbs chicken wings (about 18 wings)
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp table salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 - 2 quarts peanut oil (or vegetable oil) for frying
Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Vegetables [I left out the veggies]
2 1/2 oz blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
3 tbsp sour cream
3 tbsp buttermilk
2 tsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into thin slices
4 stalks celery, cut into thin sticks
Instructions1. For the Sauce: Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in vineger, brown sugars, and hot sauces until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. For the Wings: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line baking sheet with paper towels. Heat 2 1/2 inches of oil in large Dutch oven [dutch oven is good because it holds heat really well] over medium-high heat to 360 degrees. While oil heats, mix together salt, black pepper, cayenne, salt, and cornstarch in small bowl. Dry chicken with paper towels and place pieces in large mixing bowl. Sprinkle spice mixture over wings and toss with rubber spatula until evenly coated. Fry half of chicken wings until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 mins. With slotted spoon, transfer fried chicken wings to baking sheet. Keep first batch of chicken warm in oven while frying remaining wings.
3. For the Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Vegetables: Mash blue cheese and buttermilk in small bowl with fork until mixture resembles cottage cheese with small curds. Stir in cider vinegar, mayo, and sour cream. Taste and adjust seasoning with pepper and salt. Can be covered and refrigerated up to 4 days.
4. To Serve: Pour sauce mixture into large bowl, add chicken wings, and toss until wings are evenly coated. Serve immediately with the celery and carrot sticks [I didn't bother including the vegetables] and blue cheese dressing on side.
5. To Make Ahead: The fried, unsauced wings can be kept warm in the oven for up to 1 1/2 hrs. Toss them with the sauce just before serving.
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