It’s big game season (no not that type of game), FOOTBALL! I was born and raised in New England, sports run in our blood. If you don’t like sports, well, you just don’t belong. Everyone has their favorite team, Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, or Bruins, you are die hard about at least one of them. Most New Englanders remember where they were when the Sox came back from down 0-3 in the ’04 ALCS to beat the Yankees, Curt’s bloody sock now rests in Cooperstown. This weekend is all about the Patriots, and where there’s football, there’s food. If your team isn't in the playoffs you are probably still watching the games, cheering against the team that knocked your guys out. Or if you don’t care about football, you've probably been invited to at least watch a game with someone, and you probably need to bring some food. Bring these wings. They are easy to prepare, a cinch to cook and I don’t know anyone who doesn't like wings (except my boss). And you can control the heat level, which is better than a restaurant controlling it for you. I also made a ranch style dipping sauce to go along with these, its homemade mayo based. Homemade mayo is nothing to be scared of, see here. I bought about 30 pieces for 3 people, Ian ate most of them, but make sure to buy at least 6-8 per person, and adjust the recipe below based on how many you plan to make. You can always keep extra spice mix in an air tight container for next week.
Game Day Wings
2.5 lbs Chicken wings (30 pieces)
2 tsp Garlic powder
2 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
2 tsp Celery seed
1 tsp Cayenne pepper (adjust as necessary)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
For Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup Mayo
1 Tbls Lemon juice
3 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbls Parsley, chopped
2 Tbls Dill, chopped
1 Tbls Chives (or green onions)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a cooling rack over a foil lined baking sheet.
Mix spices for chicken together in small bowl (or whirl in spice grinder). Rub chicken wings with spice rub and place on cooling rack. Roast in oven for 30-35 minutes, until cooked through. While wings cook, combine all ingredients for dipping sauce and mix well. Refrigerate until service.
Pull chicken from oven, serve along side dipping sauce, celery and carrot sticks. Enjoy!