When it comes to game-day eats, dips are convenient, chili is comforting, and pizza is a crowd-pleaser, but none of them hold a candle to the reigning champion of football food: fiery, tangy buffalo wings.
While it's a Sunday Night Football requirement, buffalo chicken isn't the most ideal to make; even with special cooking equipment, its deep-fried preparation can be dangerous, messy, and laborious. Leave it to the king of food science, Alton Brown, to come up with an alternative cooking method for this classic.
His recipe calls for steaming, chilling, and then baking the chicken wings to a crisp. It's lighter, less messy, and even my sports fanatic boyfriend can't tell the difference!
For much easier cleanup, opt for a silicone steamer rather than a folding metal one. For the wings: For the blue cheese dressing: Celery sticks, for serving
12 whole chicken wings
3 ounces unsalted butter
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank's RedHot
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 ounces blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For much easier cleanup, opt for a silicone steamer rather than a folding metal one.
For the wings:
For the blue cheese dressing:
Celery sticks, for serving