Saturday, January 22, 2011

Perfection Does Not Come From Restaurants

Building the Perfect Buffalo Wings

When I was little the only football team that I could watch was the Atlanta Falcons. However, I never became a fan of them because they always lost when they were supposed to be good. This was supposed to be the year for them and they were seeded No. 1 in the NFC Playoffs. I mistakenly bought into the hype for one night and decided that we should do Buffalo Wings, Chicken Fingers, and French Fries.  I will not give an account of the game. I will spare all of you the wasted reading and attempt to teach you the secret to our awesome Buffalo Wings.

Step One: You will need a  two paper grocery bags, flour, black pepper, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and 12 whole chicken wings that have been separated.

 Step Two: You need to take one cup of flour, one teaspoon of both peppers, and one teaspoon of kosher salt. Place them in the grocery bags and shake up and down. This is of course after you have cut the wing tips off and properly cut them.  

They should not look like this. The little pointy ends of the wings should have been cut off but I got in a hurry.

Step Three: You will need to take the wings out of the bag and place them on a cooling rack with a sheet of wax paper underneath it so you don't get flour all over the counter. They will need to sit out for an hour.

Step Four: Go ahead, grab your package of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix and make it so it can chill in the refrigerator.

Step Five: Let the wings dry out for about an hour; meanwhile, heat up the peanut Oil and get the wings ready to fry. The temperature should be around 335 degrees and not any higher. Drop the wings into the fryer and wait for them to turn golden brown. While the wings are cooking quickly take a cup of Franks Hot Sauce (Original) and one stick of butter and place them in a sauce pan until the butter is melted and the sauce begins to simmer.  Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of dried basil. 

Step Six: Pull the wings out of the fryer and place them in a bowl. After they are in the bowl cover them with the sauce and dig right in. Your ranch dressing should be cool and ready to serve. Don't forget it for the faint of heart when it comes to eating Buffalo Wings. 

Enjoy all the yummy goodness you are about to receive.

Happy eating.

Recipe by Sunny Anderson.

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