The Super Bowl is in a few days. If there are men in your life (or you are a man) you will find yourself, this Sunday, plunked down in front of a television watching the big game. Very near you will be a table weighed down by more food than you can imagine at one time past Thanksgiving. The usual suspects will be there; Chili, chips, dips. And the star of the show-hot wings. Or as they are officially known- Buffalo wings. By now we all know that Buffalo wings are so called because they originated at a bar in Buffalo, New York. I always imagined some hot-sauce lusting soul sitting at a table with chicken and hot sauce and saying I don’t want my chicken dotted with hot sauce I want it saturated with the stuff.
Legend has it these wings showed up as early as the 1960’s. I wouldnt know. I first heard of them in the 80’s when I worked at a large office complex that had its own cafeteria/food court. The cafeteria had everything from pizza, to subs to chinese food. Sometimes things were changed up to keep the masses from getting bored.
Every afternoon my co-workers and I would take our lunch time stroll through the cafeteria passing by each station deciding what we wanted to eat. It usually took us several strolls around the cafeteria before we decided. Hey, we were young, cute and single and the cafeteria was always crawling with available men in suits. One such station we passed had a sign that read ” special today: Buffalo wings”. With not so much as a glance inside the hot steamer we walked on by. I remember thinking “eww Buffalo wings? Those things must be huge”. Its ok to laugh. I’m over it.
I’m aware that Buffalo or Bison do not have wings. I’m sure I thought someone had taken some part of said animal and fashioned it into something that mimicked a chicken wing and that’s just gross. Buffalo wings, hot wings, spicy wings, whatever you want to call them they are one of Americas favorite bar foods. If you travel outside the U.S. and happen to see them on a menu take pride that they are as American as apple pie.
Though you can get hot wings from practically any street that sells food they are not that difficult to make. I didn’t say easy because you will have to do a little work but it will be worth it. The ingredient list is a short one just four ingredients if you include the oil. The more you make them you can adjust them to your taste. How hot or mild you like.
Recipe: Hot Wings
Vegetable or Canola oil
Family pack Chicken wings -seperated or a bag of wingettes thawed and dried very well
Your favorite hot sauce
In a large pot that is fairly heavy- heat oil. You want enough oil to deep fry the wings. The oil should be at a temperature of about 375 degrees. If you do not have an oil thermometer you can heat the oil on medium-high (not high) fire for about 30 minutes. Test this by adding a wing if it sizzles its ready.
Fry the wings in batches. Do not overcrowd or you will bring the temperature of the oil down and the wings won’t fry properly. Each batch should take about 15 minutes or so. The wings should be golden in color and crispy. As they are done place them on a paper towel lined tray to absorb the extra oil. Continue until all wings are done.
While wings are frying heat hot sauce and butter in a medium saucepan just until butter melted. Whip to combine.
When all wings are done put them into a deep pan and pour hot sauce/butter mixture over. Stir to make sure all wings are coated well. NOTE: The more butter you add to your hot sauce the milder your sauce will be.
Serve wings immediately or keep warm in oven.