It’s Super Bowl week!
Despite the fact that I couldn’t care less about who is playing in the game (because my poor Bills never get all that far), it’s always such a good time because it involves good food, good people and usually a somewhat amusing half-time show. Anyway, it’s event that brings people together so, no matter what’s happing on the small screen, it does give January or February a sense of occasion. And we all know after the holidays, we take what we can get.
A few weeks ago, when the Bills made the playoffs for the first time in 17 years, my little family of fans made our own little playoff party. Little Buddha came home for the weekend and with the Bills’ theme song echoing throughout the house, we indulged in Buffalo favorites: traditional Buffalo wings and the local favorite of beef on wek. And some Labatt’s.
Per the brother’s request, I experimented with his favorite gochujang sauce and added after a dash here and a squeeze there, some sweet & spicy wings came together to accompany the traditional. Sticky and saucy thumbs up from the Buddha crew.
Three main ingredients and two optional ones is all it takes. Gochujang, honey and garlic make up the base, while toasted sesame seeds and scallions make up the garnish. Feel free to use just wings or drummies as your preferences dictate.
It’s game day. The food should not stress you out.
- 10 ounces gochujang sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 cloves garlic, made into a paste
- 16 chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- In a small, microwave safe measuring cup, add the gochujang sauce, honey and garlic. Microwave for 1 minute to loosen it up, but don't let it get too hot.
- In a glass bowl, add the wings and pour the sauce over them. Cover, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet or broiling pan with aluminum foil. Spread the wings out in a single layer, reserving the marinade and putting it back in the microwave safe measuring cup.
- Bake 40 minutes. Microwave the marinade for 2 minutes, and baste the wings with the remaining sauce. Bake fro an additional 10-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
- Remove the wings from the oven, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve and enjoy!