Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Gets Spicy - Old Bay Baked Chicken Wings

Anyone who knows me would agree that I'm a major spicy food hound. While my main obsession is hot sauce, I actually like all types of spices - anything that adds flavor complexity or an extra kick is welcomed by me. 

Old Bay Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings, Photo: NK

A Line Up of the Usual Suspects, Photo: NK
Today's recipe is an slightly different take on traditional buffalo wings. Old Bay Seasoning, an iconic spice blend most often used on seafood, gives these wings an extra zesty undertone of added flavor that enhances their inherent hot sauce goodness. Old Bay has a cult following and an interesting history too. Click here to learn more: The Old Bay Story   

Our recipe calls for baked wings making them slightly lighter, while letting the wings sit in spices overnight helps infuse flavor. These will be a hit with your friends and family, and as you might expect, they are sure way to any man's heart. My husband gobbled these up in no time oohing and ahhing all the way through. Men sure can be simple creatures, in a good way, and sometimes keeping food simple is the way to go.

Old Bay Buffalo Wings 
Adapted from Serious Eats
Old Bay Seasoning, Photo: NK
Serves 3-4

1.5 Tablespoons of Old Bay Seasoning 
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Lbs Chicken Wings and Drums
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted 
2.5 Tablespoons Frank's Red Hot sauce
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

The day before (if possible)
In a bowl, mix together Old Bay, Baking Powder, and Salt.

Pat the Chicken Wings dry and place Wings in a large bowl.

Sprinkle in the Old Bay mixture and toss to evenly coat.

Lay the wings on a wire rack leaving space in between them.

Place the rack on top of a foil lined baking sheet. 
Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Prepping the Wings, Photo: NK

The day of
Preheat the oven to 425.
Place the baking sheet and rack into the oven and cook until browned and crisp. 35 to 45 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine Butter, Hot Sauce and Worcestershire. Mix.
Add Wings to the bowl and toss thoroughly to coat with sauce.
Serve immediately with a beer and lots of napkins!

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