Spicy baked buffalo wings…

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Ty and I are not superbowl people. We aren’t really football people (eh, Patriots I guess, only because I grew up 30 minutes from their stadium). We are hockey people… scratch that, I am a hockey person… Bruins to be exact. I’m still working on getting Ty on the hockey train. It’s growing on him.

Needless to say… we were not that excited for the super bowl, the puppy bowl maybe, but mainly the fact that it is a great excuse to eat party food! We settled on vegetarian nachos and buffalo wings. Buffalo wings that I baked. Buffalo wings that didn’t include a eight cups of butter! Woo, semi-healthy buffalo wings… all the better!

I was too busy munching on buffalo wings to watch… who won anyway??

Spicy Baked Buffalo Wings
(adapted from the Diva’s)
 

1.5 lbs buffalo wings (we mixed in some large drumsticks)

1 tbsp crushed red pepper

2 stalks celery, chunked

1/2 onion, sliced

1/8 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1/2 cup hot sauce (Franks would work well)

2 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tbsp dried parsley

more crushed red pepper- to taste

1 tsp garlic powder

black pepper

tobasco sauce (to kick it up a notch if you want)

1. In a large saucepan, add celery, onion, crushed red pepper, and buffalo wings. Toss to coat in the pepper. Give a couple extra grinds of fresh black pepper.

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2. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the wings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Remove the wings and let dry completely. Place on a broiling rack (cover the bottom pan in tin foil for easy clean up!). Broil on LOW for 10 minutes on each side.

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4. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Once melted, remove from heat. Stir in hot sauce, parsley, garlic powder, and cayenne. Add crushed red pepper, black pepper, and tobasco to taste (keep in mind that the red pepper will slowly infuse the hot sauce).

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5. When wings are cooked, toss in the buffalo sauce and sprinkle a little more parsley on top. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing and celery and carrot sticks (these are much needed when you make them as spicy as I did!).

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