26 March 2014

W is obviously for Wings

Hey y'all hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the springish weather and sports programming. I know the Hubbs is, there is literally a game on every night. Usually, I take it as a perk that I get to read a book, craft a little or just hang with some uninterrupted me time. There are always exceptions to the rules though and usually when there is a big game on between my alma mater or on of my favorite teams I try to make man snacks and hang with the Hubbs every once in a while. Salads and flat breads really don't make an appearance on these nights because its all about man food, from what I have been told man food helps us win games!

What does get a chance to grace the menu you ask? well of course some Jalapeno poppers, cheddar queso dip and buffalo wings. The Hubbs and I love to frequent wing restaurants around Utah and a particularly famous wing chain has gotten me addicted. To my dismay they are completely and horribly fired to perfection locking in the juiciness of the meat and enveloping my taste buds in their saucy flavor. After our last little bout with these wings I ate so many of the little buggers I thought I had maxed out on wings for life. But then the craving returned shortly thereafter and I knew then and there I had to figure out a way to eat them more frequently without always looking forward to the  additional pounds that they inevitably  help me pack on. Hence my crispy baked chicken wing recipe was born.

These wings are baked and not fried so that is the first plus, the second is that if you really want to do the majority of the cooking either in a slow cooker or in the oven it gives you more time to prep for other snacks for the party. I usually buy a big big of frozen wings since the Hubbs and I could put away quite a few, and we will usually invite some friends to share in goodness. I chuck the wings in a nice thick baking dish with a cover and cook them for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Once they are done I get my favorite buffalo wing sauce and toss the wings all around and get them and set them out flat on a sheet pan. I then put them under the broiler to get a nice little char and some crispness to the outside. Now when you do this make sure to give it your full attention. Don't walk off and do laundry or answer the phone etc. You don't want to burn these babies. When you check on them and they are getting nice and crisp go ahead and flip them over and stick them back under the broiler so that they are crisp all around.

While the wings are in the oven baking away I usually whip up some semi healthy cooling dip. Depending on the sauce I am using of course. One of our favorites is tried, true and can't be beat. Frank's Hot Sauce. I love it with a cooling blue cheese dressing and celery. My favorite quick dip is a combination on blue cheese, greek yogurt, mayo and a packet of ranch seasoning. I take 1 cup of Greek yogurt and about three tablespoons of mayo. Mix those together and add a little ranch seasoning to taste. Try to add just a little as a time because you won't want to over power the blue cheese. Once everything is mixed in I add the blue cheese and some salt and pepper. Sometimes when I make this dip is can be a little too creamy. To solve this I usually add a little bit of  lemon zest and just a hint of lemon juice, that usually brightens it right up. Now go out get some wings and eat like a piglet in the comfort of your own home.


Hey y'all I am Sara otherwise known as the Desperately Happy Housewife. When I am not working I am busy crafting, blogging and re-decorating my house. I channel Lucille Ball and Lauren Graham on a daily basis to get me through the "Oh my gosh I just sewed my finger" moments that often happen. I hope you stay a while and get a chance to see what makes me desperately happy.

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