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Hot Honey Wings!

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Football season is kind of a big deal around here. My husband literally works his schedule around Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon games! I generally feel like a “football widow” in the Fall, because I hear the phrase all too often, “sorry honey, there’s a game on…”. I know I am not alone in this, and its hard to complain when I see how much he looks forward to this time of year. So, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right?!

The one thing I CAN get on board with is game day food! Every single thing offered to me at my local sports bar, just gets me all food happy. Problem is, shortly after the “happy,” comes the bloat, the headache, indigestion… you get the idea.

I’m not willing to pass up on this food fare, especially if I’m watching a game, so I’ve made it my mission to clean up all of my favorite sports bar foods. Next on my list – HOT WINGS! My boys can eat their weight in wings (we started them young and now their birthday treat is a plate of wings from Hooters, their favorite wing stop), so I KNOW my Hot Honey Wings are great, because they have been thoroughly tested (read: eyes closing, slight moaning while eating, and loads of finger licking) and approved! Best part? They’re baked, not fried, so none of the greasy mess!

So here you go – another game day favorite with very little guilt!

Hot Honey Wings!

Here’s what I used:

1 dozen wings

1/4 cup butter

1 tbs honey, local and unfiltered is preferred

1/4 cup Franks Original Hot Sauce

Hot Honey Wings

Here’s what I did:

Recipe inspired by an old Alton Brown recipe. He knows his stuff!!!

If you can get the butcher to do the first step for you, your life will be complete!

Remove tip from the wing and discard.

Separate the wing at the joint with sharp kitchen scissors or a bread knife (my personal preference).

Place wings in a stockpot of salted boiling water and boil for 10 minutes or until fat has rendered and meat is cooked through.

Remove wings from pot and place on a cookie sheet; pat dry with paper towels and allow to cool for about an hour (very important step in getting crispy wings without frying!).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

While oven preheats, melt the butter and combine with hot sauce and honey.

Place wings in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until fat has rendered to your preference and skin is crispy. This is the tricky part as ovens are so different! Keep checking those wings until they look good to you.

Remove from oven and toss in butter/honey/hot sauce mixture until fully coated.

There is SO MUCH room for experimenting here: you literally can’t screw it up, so if you like your wings hotter, more mild or sweeter (caution here, as honey DOES impact blood sugar just like sugar), just change up the ingredients ratios to suit your desire.

Serve ’em up on a big platter along with cut veggies and your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing (I’m a fan of Primal Kitchen dressings).

So easy and every bit as good as your local sports bar!

YOU’RE WELCOME!!!!

Hot Honey Wings

Hot Honey Wings!

Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 1 dozen wings
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tbs honey local and unfiltered is preferred
  • 1/4 cup Franks Original Hot Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Remove tip from the wing and discard.
  • Separate the wing at the joint with sharp kitchen scissors or a bread knife (my personal preference).
  • Place wings in a stockpot of salted boiling water and boil for 10 minutes or until fat has rendered and meat is cooked through.
  • Remove wings from pot and place on a cookie sheet; pat dry with paper towels and allow to cool for about an hour (very important step in getting crispy wings without frying!).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • While oven preheats, melt the butter and combine with hot sauce and honey.
  • Place wings in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until fat has rendered to your preference and skin is crispy. This is the tricky part as ovens are so different! Keep checking those wings until they look good to you.
  • Remove from oven and toss in butter/honey/hot sauce mixture until fully coated.

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