When Charlotte-based Chef Blake Hartwick set out to create a lucky recipe to help fans cheer on the Carolina Panthers, he could only hope for a winning season. However, it just so happens that every time Chef Blake makes the wings, the Panthers take home a win. It’s also to be noted that the chef did not make his lucky wings on that fateful Sunday when the Panthers broke their 18-game winning streak with a loss to the Atlanta Falcons in late December.
For the seventh year, Bonterra Dining & Wine Room – and for the third year, Chef Blake – has teamed up with Taste of the NFL and the Carolina Panthers as part of a fundraising effort for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Next week, Hartwick and his Springer Mountain Farms “Winning Wings” will be on their way to the Super Bowl in San Francisco. He will represent the Panthers at the 25th Annual Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose®, held on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
But, lucky us – we’ve got his recipe.
Winning Panthers Wings Recipe
Executive Chef Blake Hartwick, Bonterra Dining & Wine Room
12 Springer Mountain Farms® Chicken Wings
2 cups Kentuckyaki Sauce
1 quarter cup Sweet Chili Sauce
2 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
1 TBSP Fresh Minced Garlic
4 Sprigs of Thyme
4 Sprigs of Cilantro
Alabama White Sauce:
1/2 cup Dukes Mayo
2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
2 TBSP Corn Syrup
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp sugar
2 ounces VA Roasted Peanuts
1 TBSP Paprika
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place nuts on a sheet tray and roast for 3-5 minutes. Then, toss while hot in the paprika. Allow to cool, then chop. Put this aside for later to garnish your wings.
- Mix marinade ingredients together in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to a low simmer and add your wings. Simmer for 20-25 minutes.
- While your wings are simmering, mix the ingredients for the Alabama White Sauce together and chill.
- Pull wings out of the marinade and allow to cool. While wings are cooling, preheat the grill to a medium heat then finish the wings on a wood fire grill (or your grill of choice) until the skin is nice and crispy.
- Remove the wings from the grill and toss in the Alabama White Sauce. Garnish with the chopped peanuts, toasted Beene seeds or sesame seeds and chopped chives.