Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Supernatural Sticky Wings for Super Bowl Sunday from Cleo Coyle

Wings are good eats. I grew up on my Aunt Mary's broiled chicken wings, and they bring back good memories, too. Here in New York City, Korean-style sticky wings have become a popular treat over the past few years. These wings, which are described as "Korean pub food," are lip-smackin' good, whether they're eaten in a pub, in one of the Korean wing shops around town, or on a Central Park bench. 

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My husband Marc and I have enjoyed these wings so much that we put a knockoff recipe for UFC soy-garlic wings in our 9th Coffeehouse Mystery (Roast Mortem). Today I have a completely different wing recipe for you, but one that's just as transcendently delicious.

And speaking of

I swear the NY Giants' playoff game performances were near supernatural achievements. Their opponents were top-notch, carrying the best records in the NFL, and the games were suitably thrilling. Hence my armchair salute to the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, who almost beat New York in a 
nail-biting overtime that was clinched with a mere field goal kick.

The Super Bowl is this Sunday and, honestly, whether we had a dog in the race or not, Marc and I would be watching the game. The big Bowl is an iconic moment in the timeline of our country's year--plus we like the commercials. :)

The winning New England Patriots will be challenging the die-hard New York Giants this Sunday. Both teams come to the arena as champs. Whatever the outcome, they'll leave that way, too.

Good luck to both! 
And good eats to us all... 

~ Cleo

Cleo Coyle's
Supernatural Sticky Wings
for Super Bowl Sunday!

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Cleo Coyle, winging it for
Super Bowl 46, is author of
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The process for making these beautiful babies begins with a simple sweet and savory marinade. The glaze provides the delicious "sticky" aspect with a combination of maple, honey, lemon, ginger, and an ingredient that really pulls it all together--cumin. This ancient spice is often used in Mediterranean, Middle-Eastern, and Asian cooking. Here it deepens the glaze flavor, adding an earthy, nutty, (very subtle) mustard-like dimension that sends these sticky wings right out of this world (hence the "supernatural" part of this recipe's moniker).

See 2 tasty wing variations
at the end of this recipe.

Makes 12 chicken wings (about 4 pounds)

Ingredients for Marinade

12 chicken wings (about 4 pounds)
5 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/8 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt

Ingredients for Glaze (to baste during cooking)

Makes 1/3 cup glaze (enough to baste 12 wings)

¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Step 1—Make Marinade: Smash garlic and chop. Throw into a bowl with maple syrup, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, pepper, and salt. Whisk until thoroughly blended. Wash chicken wings, pat dry, and cut off the tips. Place wings in a resealable plastic bag or container. Pour marinade over wings, toss to thoroughly coat, and marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Step 2—Make glaze: First preheat oven to 350° F. While oven is warming up, make the maple glaze. Combine all the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan, over low heat. Simmer, stirring continually for 3 to 5 minutes, until mixture thickens and becomes syrupy. Test by dipping a spoon into the glaze. When it easily coats the back of the spoon, it’s ready.

Step 3—Oven Roast (or grill): To cut down on the clean up, line a shallow pan with aluminum foil. Place a rack over the pan and coat the rack with nonstick spray. Remove wings from marinade and discard the excess liquid. Place wings on the rack and roast. Total cooking time is 80 minutes. After the first 30 minutes, turn over each wing and brush liberally with the glaze. Cook another 15 minutes. Flip the wings and baste a second time. Cook for another 15 minutes. Baste for a third time and cook a final 15 – 20 minutes. (Be patient with the cooking time and do not increase the oven temperature to speed up the process or you’ll likely scorch the sugar in the glaze.)

Variation 1—South Carolina-style Mustard BBQ:
Use the same Marinade recipe, but in the Glaze recipe replace 1 tablespoon of the honey with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.

Variation 2—Sweet-Hot:
Use the same Marinade recipe, but in the Glaze recipe add ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and…

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  1. I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and currently live in WNY so to me there's really only 1 type of wing...Other types sound tasty, but I know I'll always choose the original. I have no comment about Super Bowls. Sigh.

    1. LOL! Buffalo Wings are a no-brainer. I make them all the time. I'll have to do my version for the blog soon, Katreader, just for you. :)

      No worries on not being sport-girl. When I don't have a dog in the race (a short list of teams I love), I'm basically watching the Super Bowl for the commercials and half-time (this year it's Madonna and "guest stars" - not exactly The Who, but it could be worse).

      Thanks for the comment
      and happy wing eating,

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  2. I always like trying new wing recipes and these do look delicious. I am not all into football, but it is fun to have friends over and enjoy some great food. I just watched a show on Joe Namath last night which was pretty good, so I am getting in the football mode slowly. Happy Tuesday!

    1. Love Joe Namath, aka Broadway Joe, a legend, for sure. Funny, that man is known for so many things, but my strongest memory of the guy this AM was wearing pantyhose. Remember that commercial? I guess I have commercials on the brain this week -- or maybe I'm just missing Mad Men (new season starting soon, huzzah).

      Thanks so much for dropping by our Kitchen.
      Have a great Super Bowl weekend!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

    2. Just found the commercial on YouTube...!

      Click the link below to see Joe Namath selling "Beauty Mist" pantyhose... $1.69 in 1973. :)

      Click here to see Joe Namath in Pantyhose!

      ~ Cleo

  3. These sound great! I have little interest in the Super Bowl (Oklahoma isn't much of a pro football state - LOL) except for the anticipated David Beckham commercial and to see Madonna's halftime show but we'll be watching just because it's an American tradition and it's a reason to get together with friends! These wings will make a great addition to the menu which right now only has beer & queso on it! Thanks Cleo for another wonderful Tuesday recipe!!

    Pam Fulk

    1. You are very welcome, Pam! (And you're very sweet.) Thank you for the kind words and have a wonderful Super Bowl weekend. (I'm looking forward to Madonna's show, too, and curious about her mystery "guest stars"...I have my guesses...maybe I should start a pool. :))

      Snack with joy!
      ~ Cleo
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  4. Love all the syrup in this recipe. Wonderful and tasty. I think I could sip syrup from a bottle, if allowed! I'll be making these for super bowl Sunday, you can bet, though I'm very very sad because I'm a 49er fan. Sigh. But go team!


    1. Totally agree -- maple syrup is a thing of beauty. It does a fantastic job in the marinade; and for the glaze, the honey takes over. I think both are lovely ingredients for recipes. They add a dimension of flavor, not just sweetness alone.

      I feel your pain on the 49er playoff. That game was so close. I have family in Colorado, and I felt their pain, too, when the Broncos (another great team) were knocked out.

      This was one crazy season, but it's almost over. Thanks for dropping in today, Avery. Enjoy your week and (of course!) the countdown to your new release. Cheers!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  5. Beautiful wings, Cleo! I want to reach into the computer and pull one out. I'm not playing that VW commercial, though. I saw it on TV once, and you can bet I'll be reaching for the mute button every time it comes on. My in-house choir joins in if they hear it!

    ~ Krista

    1. Thanks, Krista, and I know what you mean on the in-house choir. My cats didn't exactly howl at the "Bark Side" commercial, but they did scamper out of the room mighty fast. :)

      Enjoy your Super Bowl weekend!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  6. Thanks for the recipe..I'm making these.

    1. Wonderful, Dru. I hope you enjoy them as much as Marc and I do. Thanks for dropping by--and I think I know where *you'll* be on game day. (Go, Giants!)

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  7. Hi from Denmark! I love your recipe for chicken wings.