This Sunday is Super Bowl LII! Admittedly, I am not a huge football follower. I don’t hate it, but I’m not a die-hard fan either. It’s interesting living in Texas–aka football country–because I’m originally from the D.C. area. Everyone here is obviously a Dallas fan. And out of loyalty to the Redskins, I just can’t support that. But no need to worry about that now. This year it’s the New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. Needless to say, I’m east coast for the win! I’m planning on going to my brother’s for the game since they have cable and I do not. And, I’m not going empty-handed! I’m bringing Super Bowl wings with me!
As you know, I am a die-hard foodie. And, as you know, I have been on a major health kick lately. Lately it’s been a lot of salads and low-fat meals, which has been going well. But for the Super Bowl, I figured I’d kick it up a notch. I mean, what’s life without a cheat meal every once in a while?! And I’ve saved up for this one. To me, game food always consists of the classics–pizza, burgers, fries, chicken tenders, and wings. But ever since I started eating well, the only thing I really craved was wings. So, I told my brother I’d bring a huge platter of them for the game. What kind of wings, you ask? Well, I have some ideas about that. And I thought I’d share them with you today. So, for Super Bowl LII here are my Top 3 Favorite Wing Recipes:
1. Traditional Buffalo Hot Wings
When I volunteered to bring wings, my brother immediately requested that I cook hot wings. he wanted them breaded and sauced with Frank’s hot sauce. So, I went searching for that exact recipe. That’s when I found Carlsbad Cravings. It’s run by Jen who lives in Carlsbad, CA. She promises big, bold flavors, and this post delivers! In it, she includes not just the traditional buffalo hot wings recipe I was looking for, but two other sauces for wings. I could have built an entire 3-recipe post just with that. But, alas, there’s others to share!
Anyways, she starts off with creating the crunchy texture in her wings. The best wings are both breaded (i.e., crunchy) and saucy. To achieve this, you need to cook it breaded and then add the sauce later, which is what Jen does. And, in keeping with her bold flavor promise, she creates both a rub and a sauce! The rub is the same for all of the aforementioned wings included in her post. The only difference is the sauce you choose to use. The rub consists of multiple spices and then the chicken is baked in a hot oven. The sauce, is as advertised with a traditional mix of hot sauce, molasses, and butter. Add a little blue cheese on the side. What else do you need?!
2. Baked Garlic Paprika Wings
Fun fact: This recipe was the first I ever made for my current roommates. When I visited Austin back in May with my sister–and I didn’t even know I’d be moving here–we cooked a meal for everyone. They requested wings, so I found this easy baked recipe on Immaculate Bites, a blog run by Imma in Los Angeles, CA. She hopes to teach other cultures about her African and Caribbean roots through her food. And yes, there are bold flavors on this blog too! The thing that drew me to this recipe initially is that it was a paprika-driven wing. But as I read the recipe, I was totally enthralled by how to make these flavors come alive.
Instead of a regular rub or sauce that you just bake at the same time as the wing, you cook the sauce first! I’ve never seen a wing cooked like that. So, I tried it. And it’s amazing. Combine the oil, spices, and herbs in a small pan and let it simmer until it combines. Doing it this way allows the sauce to thicken and bind together for a more cohesive sauce/rub. Pour that on the wings and rub all over. Then, bake those wings in the oven. When it comes out, it’s spicy (not hot–just full of spice flavor), crunchy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. It may not be the most traditional wing, or the most obvious. But it’s a bold, flavorful, crispy, delicious one. So, step outside that box a bit!
3. Phenomenal Green Chicken Wings
My sister actually recommended Nom nom paleo to me and my parents a while back. It’s a massively popular food blog focused on paleo and whole 30 dishes with a bit of Asian inspiration. It’s run by Michelle Tam, who has an app and a few cook books as well! Anyways, we were trying out new diets in one of our many attempts to lose weight, and decided paleo was the way to go. (I think it’s mostly because it allowed for a ton of meat). My mom only really likes chicken one way–fried–and so in place of that, I was on the search for new wings recipes. So, I stumbled on these Phenomenal Green Chicken Wings by Michelle’s sister. And I made them all the time!
This recipe is two-part. First, you make a marinade that the chicken will stew in for an hour or two–the longer the better. Honestly, the hardest part of this dish is making the marinade. It’s a lot of ingredients, which can make for a longer prep. In a blender, or food processor, mix the vegetables, herbs, fish sauce, lime zest, and apple juice until it’s smooth. Pour that marinade all over and around the wings. Let that soak for as long as possible. Then bake it on a baking rack/foil-lined baking sheet or grill it good. The marinade is bright from the herbs, a dash salty, and it seeps through the entire chicken. The outside is perfectly crispy. And–bonus–no guilt on this healthy version of wings. See? Who says you can’t have it all?!
There are so many other wing recipes out there that I love. But, alas, I don’t have time to share them all. I hope you found one you like in these small snippets. And if not, I hope you found a starting off point for what you do want. If you’re like me, these recipes lit up your foodie heart and inspired your creative mind! The fact that they’re all just really delicious seems like just a bonus after that. So, for this Super Bowl Sunday, I wish you good eats, good vibes, and–let’s hope–a really good game (that the Eagles win)!