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Most of us think of Buffalo wings as bar food, but with their accompaniment of celery sticks and creamy blue-cheese dressing, they make a fine casual meal. These wings are hot, but if you like them incendiary, pass extra Tabasco sauce at the table.
Beer is a no-brainer with the salt, spice and heat of this barfly classic. For a more festive alternative, serve a crisp sparkling wine; it will refresh the palate and tame the heat of the dish.
- 4 pounds chicken wings
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/4 pound blue cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)
- 2 scallions including green tops, chopped
- 5 teaspoons vinegar, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
- 8 ribs celery, cut into sticks
Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the wings, oil, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt and the cayenne. Arrange the wings in a single layer on two large baking sheets. Bake until just done, about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, scallions, 1 teaspoon of the vinegar, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the black pepper.
In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, the remaining 4 teaspoons vinegar and the Tabasco sauce. Add the wings and toss to coat. Serve the wings with the celery sticks and blue-cheese dressing alongside.
Pair these wings with more finger food. Corn on the cob would go nicely. Roasted potato wedges are a good alternative and can be cooked alongside the wings.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
1105 calories; 68g total fat; 310mg cholesterol; 2274mg sodium; 12g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 108g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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