This is Part One of Super Bowls and Plates, a good excuse to have a party.
Once a year we pretend to like football so we can have a mid-winter gorge on tavern fare. Last year I made Scotch eggs, a crowd favourite.
This year’s football feast:
- Spicy, grilled chicken wings with blue cheese dip.
- Guacamole, because you have to make something healthy.
- The easiest barbecue ribs you’ll ever make.
So, enjoy! And remind me again who’s playing?
Let’s start with a classic: chicken wings. I prefer to grill rather than fry wings because the skin gets caramelized by the flame for extra flavour. Serve these wings with individual bowls of creamy dip to allow for double dipping. Don’t forget the celery sticks!
Chipotle grilled chicken wings with blue cheese dip
For the sauce
Combine equal parts chipotle sauce or, any of your favourite hot sauces, and unsalted butter – three tablespoons each will be enough for a couple dozen wings. Keep warm.
For the wings
With a sharp knife, remove tips and discard or freeze for stock
Separate wings into two pieces at the joint
Toss with a bit of canola oil, salt and pepper
Grill on medium high about 4-5 minutes aside until skin crispy and golden brown. In a large bowl, toss wings with the hot sauce to coat. Keep warm in a 250 degree oven if you are making the wings in batches. Serve with celery sticks.
For the dip
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
juice of one lemon
1/4 small red onion very finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Freshly ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together well and refrigerate until needed. Serve with wings and celery sticks.