Buffalo wings #1

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
Chicken wings
Hot sauces (see instructions)

Kathy Peacock <KPEACOCK@...>

Take the chicken wings and disjoint them. Throw the tips in a plastic freezer bag for soup stock. Take the other two sections and remove any "large" areas of fat or extra skin (not that this is really a low fat kind of thing, but every little bit helps). Deep fry them in peanut or vegetable oil until very done. I do this in batches of 6-8 pieces at a time -- don't crowd the oil. Each batch will take about 15 minutes to cook. Remove and drain on paper towels. The wings should look almost overcooked and dry.

They may not get very brown, but that's OK. I then layer the pieces in a glass baking dish.

The sauce consists of unsalted butter and a combination of hot sauces. I use a stick of butter to about 2-3 cups of hot sauce. This will coat a "family pack" of wings. The combination that I like consists of varying amounts (depending on what I have in the house :-) of Durkee Red Hot, Louisiana Crystal hot sauce, and sometimes Texas Pete's if I can find it. I usually add a shot or two of Tabasco just for some extra heat although it doesn't do much for the flavor. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the hot sauces. Crush a clove or two of garlic into the mixture (we found that this was the missing ingredient from previous attempts!). I also add some black pepper and ground red pepper. I like to add some dried whole peppers too. Specifically, I throw in a couple of African Devil Peppers. Bring the sauce to a simmer, put a lid on it with the heat way down, and let it "pout" for about ½ hour. I actually start this while I'm frying the wings.

Pour the sauce over the wings in the baking dish. Make sure they all get some sauce on them. You can start eating them now, but I found they have a totally different (read: much better) flavor if you let them stand overnight. Let the whole thing cool down a bit then cover the dish and stick it in the fridge. The next day, take the baking dish out, put it in a 350 degF oven for at least an hour. The sauce and the wings should be piping hot. The meat will be very tender and fall off the bones if you leave them in for about 2 hours (my personal favorite). The sauce will have thickened up and coat the wings nicely (and be just delicious)!! You may want to stir the wings around once or twice while baking so that the sauce gets evenly distributed. This also works well to pack the wings into a crock pot, cover that with plastic wrap or foil in the fridge overnight and put them on low in the morning for a party at night. I did this for an after work office party once and by noon everyone was going nuts over the smell!!

Serve with lots of celery sticks to mop up the sauce with. You can also serve blue cheese dressing if that's your thing, but I like them plain.

Oh, and don't forget lots of napkins and fluids to kill the fire!!! Hope you enjoy -- I'll have mine tonight! Notes: All this talk about Buffalo Wings definitely made me hungry!! I remember a place in Bethlehem PA near Lehigh University where we used to go for wings. They had wings and dollar beers on Wednesday nights. You could order mild to nuclear. I only ever had one "bad" batch there in all the wings I consumed -- just killer heat and no taste. At a reunion party with the "Wednesday Night Wings Crew" up in Massachusetts, we came up with a concoction that came pretty close to what we were craving. I don't have exact proportions, but you don't really need them! Just experiment till you get something you like.

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