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Monday, October 21, 2013
Baked Buffalo Wings (two sauces)
My husband requested wings for football Sunday. Since he rarely makes any meal requests and I love wings and I love him, I happily complied. I wanted to bake the wings so I could at least pretend I was being healthy, so after researching a lot of recipes, I decided to try them three different ways. I also made two sauces because I wanted the buffalo wings to be spicy and my daughter can't handle a lot of heat. So, I made a honey ginger glaze and a spicy buffalo sauce. I also had to make some homemade blue cheese dressing because I couldn't find any here.
The sauces ( can make the day ahead or just before cooking wings)
Honey Ginger Glaze
1/2 c honey
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
6 cloves of garlic, minced
4 inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
Combine all ingredients and heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce to simmer and reduce sauce for about 10 minutes. Let stand 15-30 minutes to thicken.
Buffalo Wing Sauce
3 oz unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
Combine all ingredients. Chill 30 mins. Reheat before using.
Here are the different methods I used for baking the wings -
1. Steamed then cooled then baked (this was my favorite)
2. Floured and baked (second favorite)
3. Naked - tossed in a little oil, salt and pepper then baked at 400 for 45-50 minutes (good but not crispy)
Blue Cheese Dressing
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 half of fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup (or to taste) crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon chives
Mix everything (except blue cheese) together until smooth. Add blue cheese and stir until combined. Chill 30 minutes.
Also, if you don't have buttermilk (I never do), you can make it by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it sit for 10 minutes.
I'm happy to report the wings were a huge success! The blue cheese dressing was amazing!
It was a good day for wings and football.