Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blue Cheese Buffalo Wings

I can't believe it's almost Superbowl time again!  Mike and I are having a few friends over to watch the game Sunday so this week I've been trying to think up a menu. I'm careful not to get too creative - I mean, the staples are pretty vital: wings, beer, and anything you can scoop up with a tortilla chip.

I love making homemade wings in the oven, but I'm worried i'm getting a bit too predictable with my Asian Sticky Wings (who am I kidding, i'll probably make some of those too.. ugh, so good).  This year, I'm going with the Superbowl Superfood: Buffalo Wings.   The sauce is inspired by my favorite Wild Wing Cafe sauce, the Red Hot and Blue, which is a buffalo sauce with blue cheese mixed right in.  I did learn during this process that blue cheese is very hard to melt, so I just left it chunky in the sauce and it all came together in the oven!

* 2 lbs chicken wings (I buy the wings that are already divided into two parts)
* 3 tbsp. butter
* 1/2 c. hot sauce (I like Frank's)
* 2 tbsp. blue cheese crumbles
* cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 450.  Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.  Arrange the wings on the tray and spray the tops lightly with cooking spray as well.  Transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, to prepare the sauce, melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Add hot sauce to the butter and stir until well combined.  Add the blue cheese to the sauce and set aside.  After 20 minutes, remove wings from the oven and increase the oven temperature to broil.   Spoon the sauce over the wings and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes until nicely browned (the time will vary based on your oven, I find my broiler doesn't heat quite as quickly as others - just keep an eye on the wings so they don't burn).  Serve with ranch. Go team!

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