Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hot Wings

It just happened that our national day fell on a Wednesday this year, and of course just by chance Superbowl Sunday, happened to fall on the Monday before it, so it seemed liked a good excuse to take a 5 day weekend (or is that a 2 day week?), plus who needs a reason to pull out the nachos, wings, and other Americana food and blob out in front of a 60 minute game that lasts 4 hours, not dissing, I quite enjoy the game. Anyway the plan was hot wings, I was thinking of my crunchy, spicy, deep fried wings, but as it always seems to happen best laid plans and all, someone tweeted a link to a recipe for Buffalo Wings by the Good Eats man himself, Alton Brown, these were oven baked and intriguingly steamed before hand, well that was going save me a lot of hassle deep-frying.

So, get a pot of water on to the boil, and load up a steamer with some chicken wings, set the steamer in the pot and let it bathe in the vapour for 20 minutes, it’s quite nice to add a few aromatics to the water, such as garlic and the like.

Set up a baking tray with a rack and line with paper towels, when the wings have steamed transfer them to the tray and refrigerate for about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 220˚C, swap out the paper towels with baking paper and transfer the baking tray to the hot oven and cook for 20 minutes, then flip and cook for a further 20 minutes.

Toss the wings in hot sauce and serve, a finger bowl is a good idea. Alternatively, like the original recipe, you can toss them in a mixture of butter, garlic and hot sauce, which is nice, luxurious etc, but needless calories in my opinion.