Friday, January 23, 2015

Wing it! A Super Bowl for the Super Bowl

This year, Super Bowl arrives on Sunday, February 1, 2015, during which time this TV super-watching event is accompanied by the eating of chicken wings. Mix it up a bit this year and pass a super bowl of Greek Chicken Wings as the ultimate accompaniment to your Super Bowl viewing. 

Wings:
50 chicken wings
salt & pepper
juice of one lemon
1 t. dry oregano
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
2 T. Texas Pete hot sauce*

In a large bowl, combine the wings with other ingredients and toss to coat. Cover and allow to marinate for a couple of hours. 

* The hot sauce is optional and the amount you use can be increased according to your preference.

The sauce is ready in a jiffy.
On a very hot grill, cook the wings until they are crispy and light brown in color. If grilling is not in your plans, place the wings on a rack on top of a baking sheet and bake in the middle of a pre-heated 425F oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Putting the wings on a rack allows air to circulate around them and create as much crispiness as possible--a plus with chicken wings. As an additional option, you may wish to deep-fry the wings. If you choose to fry the wings, pat lightly with paper towels prior to cooking.

Place the cooked wings in a large bowl, pour in the sauce and toss to coat the wings thoroughly. Serve immediately.

Sauce:
¼ cup chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 T. dry oregano
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup chopped red or yellow onion
pinch of salt and of pepper
Optional: 1 t. Balsamic vinegar (to add extra zing)

Shake it all up in a jar and you're ready to wing it, Greek style. You may want to play this video while you're shaking the jar. Just a suggestion. Entirely optional.