Super Bowl Wings : Family Recipe

Wings 560x187It’s that time again, the time when two of the best NFL teams of the year face off in the biggest sporting event of the year (at least in the USA). The time when people get together for Super Bowl parties to watch the game and the commercials and drink plenty of beer. You need to wash something down with all that beer and that’s where the party food comes in, a favorite of which is hot wings. Every year my dad makes a batch of hot wings for our annual Super Bowl party, and they’re the star of the gathering. We all look forward to them every year, and below I’ll show you how he does it…

Hot Wings

wings1 300x225First off he bakes his wings instead of frying them.

You’ll need a few bags of frozen chicken wings.

Spread wings evenly on a baking sheet or 2 (They shouldn’t be touching each other)

Bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees, flip and bake for another 30 minutes or until brown. The point is to make the wings nice and crispy.

wings5 300x225Cover in sauce, and put the wings back on the sheet, arrange the cooked wings closer together (usually I’ll spoon a bit more sauce onto the wings), then bake the wings for about 10 or 15 more minutes.

This time I decided to try making a few different sauces.

First I started off with the sauce that my Dad usually makes (These are great typical Hot Wings):

  • wings8 300x2251 12-oz bottle of Frank’s Red Hot
  • 1 stick of butter (.5 cup)
  • A dash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Add Tabasco Sauce until it’s hot enough for you

For the second sauce I added a teaspoon of minced garlic (adds some good garlic flavor, but it’s not too different from the first sauce)

For the third sauce I added a half tablespoon of cajun seasoning (The cajun seasoning added some great spicy flavor, recipe below)

Cajun Wings

wings4 300x225I also made some cajun wings, and I did things a little differently than I did above.

A friend of mine recommended that I steam the wings before baking them, this will cut down on cooking time, steam off some of the fat, and keep the wings juicy on the inside while allowing them to get crispy on the outside.

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I don’t have a steamer so I used a colander, a pot and a lid, which isn’t big enough for all the wings so I only used it for the cajun wings.

So this time I steamed the wings, then dipped them in the cajun seasoning, and put them on a baking sheet.

I then baked them for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, then flipped them and baked them for another 20 minutes. If they’re not crispy yet, flip them again and bake them for a little bit longer.

wings6 300x225Cajun Seasoning

  • 2 Tbs of black pepper
  • 1 Tbs ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 Tbs white pepper
  • 1 Tbs ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs salt