(update-we ended up with mostly rain in our area, we did get lucky!)
Well lets not worry about that now, we have superbowl parties to get ready for! My contribution to the superbowl mayhem is going to be Buffalo Chicken Wings, now I know everybody and their cousin has a sure fire Buffalo Chicken Recipe, it’s certainly not rocket science, but there are a few nuances that will make these the Best Buffalo Wings you have ever had!
Of course the first ingredient are Chicken wings, fresh not frozen. Did you ever notice how the bones get black inside when you use frozen chicken….yuk! So we have fresh wings, all joints intact. Their easy enough to separate at the joint, and of course we’re not throwing away the little end piece of the wing, were saving them for chicken stock!
The first thing you should always do with fresh chicken is rinse it in cold water, pat it dry with paper towels and then cut the joints apart, you get a drummie and a wing joint. Once all of your chicken is prepped you can move on to the next step, dredging in flour and frying.
You want to season your flour with salt and pepper, a question arose about how much, without being able to give you proportions(I just pour it in), I would say to over season the flour, you always need more than you think. You want to coat each piece of the chicken in flour, I like to toss them in a bowl with the flour, getting a good coating on each piece.
Now in a large deep frying pan , place about an inch of Olive oil or canola oil. Let the oil get hot and then begin laying the wing piece in the hot oil. If you have a lid, cover the pan with a lid and allow the wings to cook undisturbed for 4-5 minutes, then turn them over and cook the other side for about the same time.
You want the wings to get crispy and have a good color.
Remove the cooked wings to paper towels to drain some, then place them in a large bowl with your buffalo sauce and toss them to get a good even coating of buffalo sauce on the wings.
Serve with Blue cheese dressing and celery. Just make sure you have enough wings on hand, because your guests are going to love them!
Buffalo Wing Sauce
12 oz Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
1 1/2 Stick Butter
4 oz Honey
In a sauce pan add hot sauce, butter and honey. Here is the tricky part, you want to get the sauce almost to point of boiling, but do not let it boil, or get too hot. If the sauce gets too hot it will begin to separate.
I actually get the sauce hot enough to melt the butter, then turn off the heat. The wings will be plenty hot enough with out the sauce being too hot. By not over heating the sauce it will stay rich and thick and give the wings a wonderful coating.
For the recipe if you are making more wings the ratio is 2 parts hot sauce, 1 part butter, and 1/2 part honey.
this amount of hot sauce will do about 48 pieces of wings.
My second choice for hot sauces is Louisianna Hot, but I can’t seem to find it anymore. The reason I use Frank’s Buffalo sauce is because its already has some flavor in it, its not just straight hot sauce…..wings should be tasty not just hot!
Bleu Cheese Dressing
8 oz Bleu Cheese
1 cup sour cream or Greek Yogurt
1 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
There are a lot of great brands of bleu cheese dressing out there, but if you want to make your own dressing its really pretty easy. There is really only one trick to a really good bleu cheese dressing.
In a food processor, add the sour cream or Greek yogurt, the milk and half of your bleu cheese. Pulse the mixture until all of the bleu cheese has been blended in.
Now add it to your mayonnaise, and the remaining bleu cheese crumbled up and season. The seasonings are just a guide, season it to your taste.
You should make this dressing at least one day ahead of time, to let the flavors build, it will taste the best after 48 hours.
I know you will love these hot wings, the crunchy coating of the wings combined with the perfect balance in the hot sauce as it clings to the wing will just make you wish you had made more!
Ask Chef Dennis
Things have been a little quiet this week but I do have a few things to share. I had a question about a new site that has been contacting bloggers, and of course we do have to be careful. I checked it out and it seems like a pretty fun site, so if you have time check out Foodbeast.com.
I wanted to take a minute to talk about one of the other foodporn sites I mentioned last week,
and that is Tastestopping, there motto is feasting on seconds. Tastestopping will take your images that have been kicked to the curb by Tastespotting and Foodgawker. So stop by Tastestopping and say hi to Casey, tell her chef Dennis sent you!
We do want to drive traffic to our sites and all of those wonderful foodporn sites will help you do that.
I have talked about using some type of photo editing tools, and a good place to start is at Adobe.com
I have tried CS4 and it just seems to be a bit much work for what I need, PS Elements is an easier editor to use, with a much lower price tag. I have recently begun using Lightroom, and I do like the workflow aspect of it, it is a time saver. If you go to Adobe’s website you can try any of the software for free for 30 days. It’s a great way to see if you like it enough to buy it. Paint shop Pro is another option, but you have to pay for it, and I feel if your going to buy a program stick with the industry standard, it’s Number One for a reason. Go to Adobe an download the software for free, you have nothing to lose.
One of these programs may work fine for you, but remember you get what you pay for. Your camera may have come with its own photo editing software, check with your manufacturer to see if one is available.
I did have a question about the top 9, I have had many posts at the #1 position that have never been in the top 9. The images are chosen based on other criteria, and unfortunately having your post hit 99 does not assure it of being in the top 9.
Your buzz score will only affect your placement in the top 9 once you are chosen.
Just a word to newbies on Foodbuzz. If you send a friend request, stop by your new friends blog and say hello, leave a comment and begin a relationship. You might be surprised at what you gain.
That’s it for today friends, I hope where ever you are your safe and warm. Thanks for stopping by, I love hearing from you!