Friday, February 13, 2009

Buffalo Wings

Now this is getting embarrassing. I have completely fallen off the blogging ball. Really I've completely stopped cooking. I don't have a good excuse even. My long term sub job ended on Tuesday (you can read more about it on my other blog). I've been a little bit blue, but really...
I did try Taco Bell for the first time since the early '90s though. It was pretty tasty, but I think I'm good for the next decade.

Fortunately, my loving husband has a poker game tonight. Which means that I actually cooked something. See we've been eating leftovers all week of this bean and ground beef and brown rice and tomato kind of slow cooker mushiness that wasn't anywhere near good enough to blog about. And there was so much of it (and it wasn't really all THAT bad) that I felt I shouldn't, with today's economy, just toss it. So when the Brain told me he was going to play cards tonight I ran to the next county to pick up some frozen chicken wings (that were on sale). And while he took a nap (because he was working late into last night on important legal documents) I steamed and baked and tossed these wonderfully delicious wings.

I love Good Eats. And I think Alton Brown is so appealing to my OCD and dorky ways. So last week I caught an episode where he made buffalo wings and printed out the recipe hoping I'd have an opportunity to make them. Alton's recipes rarely let me down. So even though they seem a little complicated to make, I hated to part with them and send them off to some hungry men who probably are going to inhale them in 3 minutes flat. Either that or they will be upstaged by some complicated and fancy wild bear tacos or something like that. I think it's better that I don't know exactly what goes on at these poker night events. Although the little bit that I hear sure is interesting!

Buffalo Wings

1 (4 pound) package frozen chicken wings, thawed
3 ounces unsalted butter
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup Frank's hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Place a soup pot with a steamer basket and 1 inch of water in the bottom over high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Clean wings of any hanging pieces of skin or fat and place into the steamer basket. Steam for 10 minutes.

Line a sheet pan with paper towels and a cooling rack. Lay the wings on the rack and carefully pat dry. Refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Replace the paper towels with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes. Turn the wings over and cook for another 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter with the garlic. Add the hot sauce and salt and pour into a bowl big enough for all the wings. When the wings are done cooking, immediately toss in the hot sauce. Serve warm.


Cakelaw said...

Sorry to hear you have the job blues - hope things pick up soon. These wings look good - and they make me laugh, because they remind me of that episode of Newlyweds (Jessica Simpson) in which Jessica's confusion over the source of buffalo wings and chicken of the sea was showcased :).

Cakelaw said...

BTW Mary, there is an award for you here:

Anonymous said...

Ooooooh, you had me at Alton Brown.

Johanna said...

I've been struggling a bit for inspiration re cooking lately so I understand it doesn't always happen but I do know that the blank spot doesn't always last either - luckily I have had such a backlog of posts I am just catching up on them! Hope yours don't last either.

CB said...

Bummer that your long term sub position ended but when one door closes another opens right? I remember when T was looking for a teaching job. It was hard but he kept looking and finally landed a great gig. I know same will happen for you. Hang in there chicky. PS. Can I come over for buffalo wings? I'll bring cupcakes ;)

glamah16 said...

I miss you but I know your busy. Making some delicious wings is something I would do while the man is away. Keep them all to myself.

Peter M said...

One of the best bar foods...Buffalo chicken wings...straight up like Alton showed ya.

Amanda said...

I loooooove Buffalo Wings and was raised on them--but I've never heard of steaming them before deep-frying. How clever! Well done.

the cheap chick said...

You are a world-class person, making the Brain wings and keeping nary a one for yourself. Kuddos to you! And I hope things are going better and happier for you today.

Cynthia said...

I too love AB and I like this twice cooking technique. Will definitely going to try this.

The Blonde Duck said...

We love Alton Brown here at the Pond! The only thing that has ever let me down was his mac and cheese...

Mary said...

Cake- that was a hillarious episode! It was also the episode that made me think she's not as dumb as she acts. Nobody could be that dumb! And thanks for the award!

Marti- he's dreamy!

Johanna- Thanks I think my husband is a little confused that I'm suddenly oking things like Chef Boyardee for dinner. I should start cooking soon. I hope!

Clara- If you come over with cupcakes I will definitely make wings! I'm sure a job will open up, it just is going to take time...

Glamah- Oh I ate several before giving them to him. And I'm sure I could have eaten them all in one sitting if given the chance!

Peter- Wings are indeed the best bar food!

Amanda- The lack of frying was what got me interested in the recipe in the first place. I think I like them better steamed. Hooray!

Erin- I ate several of them before handing them off. I'm not headed for sainthood!

Cynthia- These really are outstanding and I think it's because of the technique.

Duck- Yes, I have yet to be let down by Alton. But thanks for the heads up about the mac and cheese!

Deborah said...

I love Alton's recipes as well -these look like a winner!