Football and chicken wings pretty much go hand-in-hand.  Actually, I should say, an icy cold beer goes hand-in-hand with a big basket of chicken wings.  As soon as I got the Bite Me cookbook in my grubby little hands, the first recipe I flipped to was ……… wings.  I could not wait to gnaw on them with an icy cold one.

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Bite Me by the sweet and spicy sisters, Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat, is the funniest cookbook I have read in a long time;  make that forever.  From the playful photos (our friend Bryan, his brother Michael Alberstat was the photographer) to the funny anecdotes with each recipe;  it is a true joy to browse through and cook from.

We have tried three of the recipes, so far, and already have our fourth on the back-burner (French Toast Souffle).  The first recipe we tried was the Fiesta Bowl Salad, I have to admit the photograph really drew me in, it  is a big bowl of chicken, tomatoes, tortilla chips and creamy dressing sitting on astro turf;  so fun.  I loved the anecdote, about how Lisa serves her husband the “best gridiron grub.  Citrus glazed wings for the Orange Bowl, Creamy Fudge for the Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl Salad, for the Fiesta Bowl.”  The recipe is perfectly simple for a mid-night week dinner;  pick up some lettuce, tomatoes, avocados and a roasted chicken.  The creamy dressing is tangy and a bit spicy, it wraps the salad together with an added crunchy bite of tortilla chips.  Perfect!  The next dish we tried was the Lustful Creamy Chicken;  all I am going to tell you about this one is ….. move over Alfredo, there is a new guy in town.  Outstanding creamy dressing smothers grilled chicken breasts and fettuccine to make this to die for pasta dish;  spicy, creamy and sexy.  It would be great for your stay-at-home Valentine’s Day dinner.  The last dish we have tried, so far, is the Crunch Chicken Wings with Sweet and Savory Dipping Sauces.  Not only did the name draw me in, but I love how Julie, gives a dating tip:  less is more, let him pay, don’t eat chicken wings, respect his mother.  She sealed the deal with her husband at the $4.99 Wing Night, where she rolled up her sleeves and devoured a basketful.  Love that honesty.  I mean, come-on, how many women eat salads and carrots, during the court-ship, then blossom during the marriage;  live it up from the beginning.  Guys, this goes for you as well.  I loved that Lenny could pound an entire meat-loaf during one dinner.  This man loves to eat and loves my food.  Back to this drool-worthy, lip-smacking recipe.  The wings are marinaded in buttermilk (which makes them really moist) then rolled in a cornmeal mixture that has been seasoned with chili powder and cumin.  Baked, grease-free, until crispy.  The sweet and tangy dipping sauce is made from apricot jam and Dijon mustard.  The savory dipping sauce is a blue cheese buttermilk dipping sauce;  that has become our new favorite blue cheese dressing for salad as well.  Both sauces are perfect with the cumin scented and slightly spicy chicken wings.  We both loved that they are not greasy;  easy to finish an entire basket or two.

I love this book.  The recipes are not only fun to read but easy to make.  They are deliciously sassy and right on every time.  I can definitely see this becoming my new go-to cookbook when I need something quick, easy and delicious.

In addition to giving me permission to print the recipe for the Crunchy wings (perfect for Super Bowl), Julie, has graciously offered to send one lucky reader the following fun items:  A signed copy of the book – YEAH!!  As well as these fun Bite Me items:  a Bite Me reusable shopping tote, a Bite Me apron and a Bite Me hat (sorry no water bottle or Swiss Miss).  We will be picking a winner on February 6, 2011, Super Bowl Sunday.  What you need to do is one of the following or all of them, by mid-night (pst) on February 5:

  • Leave a comment below, telling us what your favorite wing recipe is or what you are making for Super Bowl
  • Sign up for the Daily Dish, so you can keep up with all of our culinary capers
  • Tweet this post @chezus, with the hash tag #BITEME – come back here and leave a copy of your tweet

 

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Recipe:  Crunchy Chicken Wings with Sweet & Savory Dipping Sauces

Chicken Wings
3 lbs chicken wings, you are suppose to remove the wing-tip, we didn’t (lazy)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Sweet Dipping Sauce
1 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Tangy Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place wings in a glass 13×9-inch baking dish.  In a medium bowl, whisky buttermilk and egg.  Pour over the wings and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, up to 24 hours (we did 24 hours – super tender wings).  For the wings, preheat oven to 400 F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt chili powder, cumin and pepper.  Remove wings from marinade (discard used marinade) and working a few at a time, coat in cornmeal mixture.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Bake 40 – 45 minutes, turning once halfway through baking.

Sweet Dipping Sauce
In a small saucepan, combine jam, vinegar, brown sugar, dijon and ginger.  Heat over medium heat until sugar has dissolved and ingredients are combined.  Cool before serving.

Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce
In a medium bowl, use a fork to mash together blue cheese and buttermilk until it looks like cottage cheese. Ad sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper, stirring well to combine.

Serves 4 – 6 as an appetizer or snack.  Or in our case 2 very hungry wing lovers.  Eat.

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Want to learn how to eat a Chicken Wing;  yes, there is a way, check it out.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you may enjoy these others as well:

Spicy Asian Chicken Wings

Honey Glazed Chicken Wings

Spicy Orange Chicken Wings

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