Saturday, February 14, 2009

Buffalo Wings

Blondies on the Upper West Side in New York City was a pretty regular hang-out place for us young and upwardly mobile people working and having fun in our 20s -- in the early 1990s. At Blondies, you got wings, beer, and waffle fries. In the company of good friends, there’s nothing better than that.

A deep fryer makes cooking the wings a snap. We have a DeLonghi deep fryer. It does the trick!

Chicken wings, cut in two pieces (the mini-drumstick and the “two-bone”)
2 Quarts of water
¾ cup of kosher salt

Dissolve the salt in the water to make a brine. Immerse the chicken wings -- however many you want to cook -- and let brine for one hour. If you need more brine, you can always make more; alternately if you need less brine, cut the brine recipe down. Rinse the wings well to get off the extra salt and pat dry.

Heat the oil to 375 degrees. Fry wings for 8 minutes. Do not overcrowd the wings in the oil; fry in batches if necessary.

Dry on a rack or paper towels.

Toss wings in sauce. If you want to bake in the flavor, you can put the sauced wings in the oven (350 degrees) for 15-20 minutes but this is optional.

Serve with celery sticks, carrot sticks, and blue cheese dressing.

Frank's red-hot sauce (1 small bottle)
4 tbs. butter
1 tbs. white vinegar

Heat sauce ingredients together over low heat. If you have a big bottle of Frank's red-hot sauce, there's a recipe on the bottle. This recipe is very flexible so you can have more butter to make it less spicy or add more hot sauce to make it spicier.

1/3 cup sour cream
¼ cup mayo
1/3 cup buttermilk (or enough to thin out)
1 tbs cider vinegar (or lemon)
½ tsp sugar
½ cup blue cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Minced onion and/or garlic or
Onion powder and/or garlic powder canbe added too if you have it around

Note: if you like more of a mayo type dressing, add more mayo! You can drop the buttermilk too if you don’t have it around; your dressing will be thick.


Anonymous said...

Love your blog and lots of your recipes, but this has to be the most un-appetizing picture of wings ever!! You need a better finished wing picture!

Ninette said...

LOL, yes, this was in the early days when I was not as competent infood photography. Despite the picture, the wings are great!