Sunday, January 23, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Ever wonder why they call these hot wings Buffalo wings?...well, it sure doesn't have anything to do with buffalo meat!...oh, yuck...even the thought of it! I'm going to enlighten you with a little history of these wonderful messy, but so tasty, juicy, and tender wings oozing in a special hot sauce that you make your very own, and have it medium, or extra hot.

It has been repeated so often that these wings were invented at the Anchor Bar on Main Street in Buffalo, that pretty much everyone accepted it as the truth. There has been less consensus, however, about whether the wings were created when a mistaken delivery of wings arrived at the bar and Frank Bellisimo asked his wife, Teressa, to do something with them...or, when Dom, their son, asked his mother to concoct a late-night snack for regulars at the bar. Either way, it was Teressa, who in 1964 came up with the idea of combining spicy wings with crisp celery, and blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo wings did not become famous until 1980, and the city declared July 29..."Chicken Wings Day"...and simply left it at that!
Buffalo Chicken Wings
adapted from, The Essential New York Times Cook Book


12, or 24 chicken wings (about 2 to 4 lbs)
Salt, and freshly ground pepper, and a dash of garlic powder
2 to 4 Tbsp. vegetable, or canola oil

For the Hot Sauce
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 - 5 Tbsp. Louisiana Red Hot Sauce
1 Tbsp. white vinegar

Set the chicken wings out on the counter, 30 minutes before cooking. Cut off and discard small tip of each wing. Cut the wing bone apart, at the joint. Sprinkle the wings with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Heat a large cast iron, or heavy duty skillet with the oil, until it gets quite hot. Add the wings, and cover with a lid, until it stop splattering, and starts to get golden. Do not turn too many times. Turn over and cook until it gets nice and golden. It takes about 15-20 minutes to cook through. Remove from skillet, and lay them on double paper towels.
Now, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter and hot sauce and add the vinegar. Set aside a small portion of the sauce in a small serving dish, for dipping. Add the chicken wings into the sauce pan, to coat nice and evenly. Serve it on a platter with celery sticks, home made blue cheese, (or store bought) dressing, and extra hot sauce, on the side. 12 wings serves 2, and 24 wings serves 4-6. Either way, make the same amount of sauce for the smaller, or larger portion.

Blue cheese dressing

1 cup good quality ( not low fat, or fat free) mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
juice from half a lemon
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
1/4 crumbled blue cheese
Salt, and pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
small portion of chopped fresh parsley

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Add more blue cheese, if desired, and serve in a small bowl to accompany the chicken wings. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley, and drizzle some of the hot sauce on top (optional)
Who says: "You can't fry?"...and why not?...The original recipe for frying the wings, calls for deep frying, in 4 cups of oil, but my adaptation calls for 2-4 tablespoons of oil, and you get the same results. You can also bake the chicken wings, or broil them...I tried every method, and came to a conclusion that this is the best method. Baking, and broiling tends to shrink the chicken wings, deep frying has more fat, and cholesterol, but frying them in as little oil as possible, gives a tasty, crunchy, and tender result, which is what you are striving to do! ...so don't be afraid, just make it the way you desire, and ENJOY!

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39 comments:

  1. Hű ez brutál mód jól néz ki

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  2. What a beautiful plate of food! Love that blue cheese dressing, thanks Elisabeth.

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  3. Elisabeth, I'm dying here!! Your pics are perfect and make me want to reach through my computer and grab that plate of wings, lol. I love your homemade blue cheese dressing recipe too. Yum! Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous plate of food!

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  4. Elisabeth, I love your adaptation of the recipe. Kudos to you for not deep frying the chicken wings. It's a much healthier and nice guilt free version. After all from the looks of beauties,it would be hard to stop at just one or two.
    Anna's Table

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  5. This looks wonderful, I am saving the recipe.

    Thanks :)

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  6. oh wow love these one of my fav American bar foods thanks for connecting on twitter and visiting my blog Rebecca

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  7. Perfect football food...and that's ALL I'm hearing about today! Your photos are definitely drool worthy, Lizzie. Hope you're having a nice Sunday :)

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  8. It's really mouthwatering post! I like the hot dipping sauce :p

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  9. Delicious food that brings family together! I will try your blue cheese dressing it reads simple and yummy :)

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  10. Elizabeth,I love it,love it& did I just say I Love It *drools* What a fantastic platter and a great recipe,I am making these at home verrrry soon:)!!!

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  11. OMG Elisabeth! You've done it again. Another one of my favourite finger food and the blue cheese dressing looks so sinful and delish {licking fingers and drooling}. Yumm yummm.. bookmarking this. Take care my dear friend! Hugs, Jo.

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  12. How insanely delicious Elisabeth! I love that you made your own blue cheese - that makes them even more irresistible!

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  13. You got a really nice n rich color and they look soooooo well made..chicken lovers will definitely grab it all! Excellent pictures Elisabeth!

    US Masala

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  14. Omg, those chicken wings makes me hungry rite now..delicious dip..

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  15. Wow.. the picture is drool inducing!

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  16. such glorious photos sweet bella, I must admit I shyed away from buffalo wings for so many years because of how darn messy they are....but eventually I gave in, and I truly do adore them - thanks for sharing!

    p.s. another confession to make: I'm a sucker for Buffalo Burgers! Especially with Bleu Cheese!! I hope that doesn't make you gag LOL - but real buffalo meat is way popular here, but so is other very game-y meat, like elk and venison....but it truly is flavorful and very lean

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  17. Elisabeth, your recipe combines all our favourete ingredients!!! Sounds heavenly tasty!

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  18. Perfect bar snack! Bluecheese dipping sound fanfreakingtastic!

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  19. I love the idea of not deep frying them . . . I've tried baking, with so-so results. This would work much better! And one great dressing recipe, too!

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  20. I think I'll have to make these soon as I do enjoy Buffalo wings. I like the idea of pan frying the wings instead of deep frying them.

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  21. Kedves Elisabeth!
    Vár Rád egy kis meglepetés a blogomon, ha benézel hozzám.
    I Have a suprise for you, if you visited my blog.

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  22. Elisabeth, I could just imagine these all over my face. Licking the sauce off my fingers. Yummy. Have to try these on game day. Hope you have a great week.
    -Gina-

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  23. Looks delicious, there is no reason for to buy from outside.

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  24. Oh, Elisabeth... I could that whole platter by myself. Love buffalo wings! yum... although for me it'll be just sour cream because I'm not really a big fan of blue cheese :(

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  25. My sons would seriously devour these is just a few moments...always a favorite snack for them :) They look wonderful!

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  26. Oooohhh...blue cheese .....Yummm. And those drummets ... juicy, tender ...Gosh, Elisabeth, you're killing me!

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  27. I'm ready for my eyes to start watering any minute- they look that good and spicy! :)

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  28. I love that these aren't deep fried...because I love buffalo wings, but I don't love all that grease! Thank you for sharing your delicious wings with me...I hope you have a great Tuesday...I'm already ready for the weekend :-)

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  29. Ohhh! You have my husband's favorite app here!! He loves buffalo flavor on nearly everything, but doesn't really like the bones in the wings. Still... I can totally see this on my football appetizer table!!

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  30. Blue cheese dressing and wings are staple in my game parties. Super bowl coming near this will be great variation what i usually make. Spicy and flavorful. I love the simple spices for chicken. I am so making this.

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  31. So lovely. I love that blue cheese dressing with it. Yeah I finally got back to blogging. Thanks for your comment. I did miss your posts too. Have a great day.

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  32. They are just perfect!!!! I loved the lovely green and red combo or celery and ketchup ......soooo delicious and my all time fav chicken....Hope you are doing good...

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  33. Ez a kéksajtos öntet nagyon érdekelne...!!Biztosan ki fogom próbálni!

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  34. Sabby-The red sauce on the side is NOT ketchup, although it might look like that. I used up all the hot sauce I prepared on the chicken wings, the one on the side is a super hot home made sauce given to me by a friend, which is used sparingly...it is like fire, super hot!

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  35. Fantastic pictures. Absolutely mouthwatering. This is the perfect football game watching treat!

    Kristi

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  36. Oh, these do look terrific. I don't know why I took so long to check out recipe after you posted your link. I'm been spending more time learning and figuring out blogging, I guess! I like that you used as little oil as possible. I'll have to try that next time. Thanks for sharing!!!

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