Whether hot-and-spicy or sticky-and-sweet, wings are always a welcome guest for Super Bowl parties. All you need for this year’s game is a fool-proof strategy for making the tastiest customized wings you’ve ever had. Follow these 5 easy steps and enjoy wings that are just the way you like them.
Step 1: Start With a Great Wing
For an ideal base wing I use fellow Test Kitchen Pro, Angela’s Spicy Buffalo Wings. Her recipe is a simply-seasoned and lightly-floured masterpiece that turns out the perfect canvas for painting the wings with any flavor you like.
The key to getting this recipe right is oil temperature. I use an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven set over medium heat and let the temperature gradually build to the desired 350°. I love to fry in cast-iron because it conducts the heat evenly and has a tendency to hold the oil temperature steady.
You can season the wings the night before and toss in flour and fry the day of the game. After frying, they will hold in a 200° oven for a few hours, so I recommend making them before guests arrive to free up some time spent at the stove.
Step 2: Add a Coating Sauce
Pick one or more of the following sauces, add your wings, and toss them around to get them seriously coated.
- Spicy Buffalo Sauce
- Beekeepers Jezebel Sauce
- Sweet and Tangy Tomato Barbecue Sauce
- Quick Asian Barbecue Sauce
Step 3: Serve an Array of Dipping Sauces
Choose a couple of sauces for dippin’ and dunkin’.
Step 4: Skip the Celery
You’ve been there and done that. Try serving English or Kirby cucumbers cut into rounds or sticks in place of celery. I think they do a better job of cooling down mouths after fiery wing consumption. However, they don’t quench fiery trash talk about opposing teams.
Step 5: Finish with Sides and Beer
Once you completed the steps for your custom wings, add whatever sides, dips, and chips you desire and pick up plenty of ice cold Abitia (I love Turbo Dog with wings!) The Superbowl is in Nawlin’s, remember?