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Super Bowl Wings

by Jane Worthington- Roth

Many football fans serve spicy Buffalo Wings at Super Bowl parties. Although they are readily available in Supermarkets across the country, spicy Buffalo Wings are extremely easy to make and very inexpensive if you make them from scratch.

Buffalo Wings got their unusual name when they were invented in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY. They are usually deep-fried, coated with hot sauce and served with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks. The celery sticks might be the only part that's healthy in the original recipe!

I prefer Chef Alton Brown's method of cooking the chicken. His Buffalo Wings are steamed for 10 minutes, patted dry, chilled, then roasted until golden brown. Toss them with some hot sauce and no one would guess they're not deep-fried. If you steam the wings earlier in the day, you can quickly serve the hot roasted treats at halftime.

While you're impressing your guests with homemade chicken wings, you might want to whip up a batch of easy homemade blue cheese dressing - Touchdown!


Chicken wings - For each appetizer serving you'll need 12 wings (drumettes & wingettes)
Hot sauce
Celery sticks
Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing: Stir together equal amounts mayonnaise, sour cream, and Gorgonzola (blue cheese) crumbles.

At least two hours before you plan to serve the Buffalo Wings, place the chicken wings in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket, cover, and steam over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Let the wings cool to room temperature and carefully pat dry with paper towels.

Lay the wings on a baking sheet lined with paper towels and refrigerate, uncovered, for at least an hour.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

Pat the wings dry again. Remove the paper towels and place the chicken wings on a baking sheet lined with non-stick foil or parchment paper. Roast for 20 minutes, turn the wings over and continue to roast for another 20 minutes.

While the wings bake, make the Buffalo sauce. In a very large bowl, combine hot sauce and melted butter at a ratio of 2 to 1 (e.g. 1/2 cup hot sauce and 1/4 cup melted butter). Keep warm or reheat in a microwave just before using.

Toss the chicken wings with the hot sauce and serve warm with homemade blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

If you want to cut down on the calories instead of a Blue Cheese Dressing mix together some plain fat free Greek yogurt and some goat cheese crumbles. You’ll get the same effect with less fat.