Monday, February 18, 2013

The Recipe Experiment & More

Good Monday morning!  And it’s President’s Day, so I hope we all take a moment to reflect on the progress made in our country because of the work of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The great difficulties that were endured in their times helped lead to our freedoms and democracy.
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This weeks’ recipe experiment went very well with positive results. The recipe I chose was Spicy Breaded Chicken Wings with a spicy dipping sauce. The wings were breaded then baked, which made them a bit more healthful. They came out with a little “kick” due to the cayenne pepper in the breading mixture, and the sauce was sweet with that same bit of heat. They did get thumbs up from everyone!
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SPICY BREADED CHICKEN WINGS
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
10 whole chicken wings
In a shallow bowl, beat egg and water. In another bowl combine the breading ingredients. Cut wing tips off, and separate remaining 2 sections of wings. Dip into egg mixture then in breading. Place on a greased 15 x 10-inch baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, until juices run clear.
DIPPING SAUCE:                  
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Combine in a small bowl and serve with wings.
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe from Taste of Home Contest Winning Annual Recipes 2012 (submitted to them by a reader in Texas)
My adjustments to this recipe: I made 1 1/2 times the breading mixture as I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough, and I did need it. Instead of dredging wings in the breading in a bowl, I shook it in a zipper-close bag.
A suggestion: Do not throw away the wing tips – save them for making chicken broth. Just stick them in the freezer until needed.
As I said before, everyone here liked these very much, and I will definitely make them again! Give them a try!
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As for the cookbook, it is a compilation of contest-winning recipes from Taste of Home readers across the country. It includes recipes from “Snacks and Appetizers” to “Just Desserts”, with a good amount of photographs. The recipes included are, for the most part, easy and manageable for any cooking skill level.
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Today’s Quote: “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.” (Marcus Aurelius)
I’d tend to agree, wouldn’t you?
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Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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