Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Buffalo wings ... with blue cheese dressing in the Thermomix and celery sticks

I have a cousin in the US who is always bragging about his wife's buffalo wings and I love buffalo wings, so I've asked for the recipe a number of times but never got it.

Since I had a hankering for buffalo wings one night, I decided to search the interwebz and consult with some American friends to see what I could come up with for a recipe for buffalo wings.

I found a recipe that I thought would work and looked simple enough to make and decided to have at it.

Here's the RECIPE that I used:

  • 36 chicken wing pieces (one wing makes 2 pieces - the "flat" and the "drum")
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce (Frank's is the brand used in Buffalo)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
  • celery sticks
  • blue cheese dressing

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • If necessary, cut whole wings into two pieces. In a bowl toss the wings with the oil, and salt. Place into a large plastic shopping bag, and add the flour. Shake to coat evenly. Remove wings from the bag, shaking off excess flour, and spread out evenly on oiled foil-lined baking pan(s). Do not crowd. Bake for about 20 minutes, turn the wings over, and cook another 20 minutes, or until the wings are cooked through and browned.
  • While the wings are baking, mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan, and over low heat bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and then turn off.
  • After the wings are cooked, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour the sauce over the hot wings and toss with a spoon or spatula to completely coat.
  • These are always served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing on the side.

Since I don't live in the US, getting the Frank's brand of hot sauce was a bit of a challenge even though I have now found out that it's possible to get the Frank's hot sauce from an online store that specializes in American foods. For my next batch of buffalo wings, I will make sure that I have the right hot sauce because I do think it makes a difference.

I ended up using a bottle of hot sauce that I found in the pantry that worked pretty well.

The buffalo wings turned out tasting pretty good, and my blue cheese dressing was incredible, but to me, it just seemed like I had used a whole lot of butter. When I chatted to a friend about it later, she said that she only uses 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter and me following the recipe with 6 tablespoons of butter was a heart attack just waiting to happen. Next time I will use a lot less butter!!

There were only the two of us, so I only used 10 chicken wings (but full wings, including tips) and I cut them up with the little drummettes in one piece and the wing and tip in another piece. The Boy likes the little drummettes and I like the wings and the tips. Works out well for the both of us - just like Jack Sprat and his wife! :-)

As for my blue cheese dressing, the stuff was so dang good that I wanted to eat it all up on it's own with the celery sticks. I ended up with a lot more blue cheese dressing than I needed for the meal that night, so I saved what was left for another night.

Here's the RECIPE for the blue cheese dressing, and I'm telling you - even without buffalo wings, just make the dressing to eat with salad or as a dip. It's delicious!!

  • 1 cup regular mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 180g blue cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cide or wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • (optional) 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • (optional) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Crumble the blue cheese, and mix together with all other ingredients. Thin with water if desired.

Thermomix instructions:
  • Put all the ingredients in the Thermomix and blend on speed 7 until smooth. This may take between 7 and 15 seconds.

I made my blue cheese dressing in the Thermomix, but really, it's not necessary if you don't have one. A regular old blender or food processor would do the trick too. Or if you didn't have any of those, just crumble the blue cheese like it says in the recipe and just mash it all around with the fork or whisk with the other ingredients. That works just as well too.

Happy munching!!

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