I'm into Super Bowl Sunday but not into football, and I imagine I'm not alone. Let's just say that I'm a soccer kind of girl and that as my husband can attest, I'm the first one to yell loudly at the television when a referee calls an unfair penalty, and even louder when my favorite team wins.
But ask me to explain a game of football and I'm at a loss for words.
Nevertheless, Super Bowl Sunday is something I look forward to each year, even if my enthusiasm has nothing to do with the game itself. To me, it's all about the food! While everyone is watching television and rooting for their teams, I've got my game on in the kitchen. I busy myself making all kinds of appetizers, because I may not know how many yards forward makes a good play, but I certainly know how to set up a great table.
Potato skins, hot bean and chile dip, veggie kabos, crab cakes, and nachos--you name it! Pigs in their blankets, rice fritters, and marinated olives--you got it!
And then there are the chicken wings that always make it on the menu because my family can't do without them. So every year, I make their favorite Buffalo-style chicken wings, and every year I make a new variety of wings to shake things up a little bit.
Okay, everyone has their own favorite recipe for chicken wings but mine involves grilling them. I like to think that grilling wings makes them a bit healthier to eat than frying them, plus it gives me more freedom to dress them with gooey, sticky sauces. After all, the guilt factor has already been erased--right?
And besides, eating healthier wings means there are calories to spare for dessert....Because everyone knows it's not really a touchdown until the very last, sweet bite.
Here is my recipe, just in time for your big game day.
Grilled, Sweet Asian-Inspired Chicken Wings
3.5 pounds chicken wings, and divided into sections (reserve the tips for making stock)
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
Heat a grill until hot and cook the wings, turning often, until they are cooked through. Transfer the wings to a 9-in. x 13-in. x 2-inch casserole dish and set aside while you make the sauce. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, butter, Sriracha, soy sauce, and wasabi in a medium pot; set it over medium heat and stir, until the butter is melted, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the sauce to a boil, cooking, while stirring, until it has thickened slightly, about 2-3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the wings, making sure to coat them well on all sides. Bake the wings for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is sticky. Let them rest for 5 minutes and serve with lots of napkins.
Makes 6-8 servings.