Thursday, November 15, 2007

Original Buffalo Chicken Wings



This is from my former Cambridge business associate and Harvard professor, Beardsley Ruml, IV.

"This is an item made famous by Calvin Trillin in a New Yorker article describing its history. It seems that some gentlemen stayed late at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo discussing a business deal and asked for something to eat. Given the few ingredients available in the kitchen at the time, this was the result. This recipe (provided directly by the inventor) subsequently appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

The quantity of wings per person is based on extensive research and takes into account the severe agony of running out of wings before appetites are sated."

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5 1/2 Chicken wings per person, cut at the joints, wingtips discarded

Hot Sauce:

1 part Butter
2 parts Frank's Louisiana Red Hot Sauce (Durkee)
1 part White vinegar

Blue Cheese Dressing:

1 cup Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. Onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. Garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup Parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1 Tbsp. White vinegar
1/4 cup Blue cheese, crumbled
Salt, Pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper (optional)


Celery stalks, chilled

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1. Heat the combined hot sauce ingredients in a saucepan.

2 Deep fry the wings until brown and crisp. Pour a little sauce over the wings as they are finished.

3. Serve the wings and sauce with crisp celery sticks and blue cheese dressing (combine all dressing ingredients). The dressing is actually intended for the celery but it is also good with the wings.

Chuck Note: I have had excellent results baking the wings instead of frying. In a 425 degree oven and on a greased cookie sheet, bake the wings for 20 minutes a side for a total of 40 minutes.

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1 comment:

Lyd said...

Dad, this is my favorite thing you make, thanks.