February 27, 2012

Homemade Hot Wings

Hot Wings are loved by so many people, a restaurant or two have made their mark on society by featuring this very food.   It's a favorite in our home on game days when my crew always liked me to make what we call "football food" (which is basically just finger foods and things they can eat while watching the game) but we enjoy Hot Wings so much that we often serve them for dinner at the table as well. 

I posted this recipe previously back in 2009 in honor of my son, who would list my hot wings as one of his top 3 favorite foods.   We had them this week for dinner and I was just a little sad that he is now in college over 1,000 miles away and wasn't here to share them with us. 

Our family loves hot and spicy and we have a vast array of specialty "really" hot sauces we collect.  Because of this, I sometimes play with the basic recipe and add amounts from drops to 1/4 cup of other sauces to make them 'fire' hot or add different flavors from my husbands sauce collection.  You would do well to start with the basic recipe the first time, but feel free to play with your food once you know the level of hot your crew can handle.

Hot Wings

1 cup Frank's Red Hot Pepper Sauce
1/3 c canola oil
1 t  granulated sugar
1 t  garlic powder
1 t  coarse, fresh ground black pepper (less if you are using store bought ground)
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
1 egg yolk
2 t  water
2 t  cornstarch

Precook about 2-4 lbs. drumettes and chicken wing portions your favorite way.  (In an oven, an electric skillet, by grilling or if you purchase pre-cooked, warm in the microwave.)  In a saucepan over medium heat mix the sauce, oil, sugar, garlic, pepper, cayenne and worchestershire sauce. In another small bowl whisk together the egg yolk with the water and cornstarch. Slowly drizzle the yolk mixture in a tiny thin stream as you continually whisk the sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer about 5-10 minutes.

You can apply this to the chicken wings and continue baking to crisp or you can cook the wings completely and then brush or dip this sauce onto them.  Serve with Ranch Dressing and celery sticks to help cool the mouths of your guests as they enjoy them.

I like to grill or bake ours, but I also quick them quickly in the skillet if time is a factor as well
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