Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip
I love chicken wings. They work in any setting; a sit down meal, at a party, in your pants – head in fridge – half cut after a night out… they just work. For all the occasions they suit, there are even more varieties of wings to be found – but none are known as well as the classic Buffalo Wing.
This legendary American staple started life with a humble beginning sometime during the 1960’s in Buffalo, New York. (The origin of these wings are still hotly contested.) Fast forward 50 years and these bright orange, lip staining morsels of pure comfort have transcended across the globe. Although, it is worth saying that America have not fallen out of love with one of their national dishes, with 1.3 billion Buffalo Wings eaten during this year’s Super Bowl alone!
As famous as these wings are, they will not be found far from their more reserved, less obnoxious sidekick. Blue cheese dip, in my opinion, is the only accompaniment to the buffalo wing. This dairy based sauce offers those with even the most sensitive of mouths, a cooling break – whilst the tangy blue cheese cuts through the richness and cayenne pepper heat.
Buffalo wings will more often than not be deep fried to give them a crispy skin for the sauce to cling to. But thanks to some baking powder magic, this recipe gives the same results in the oven. I first found this on the amazing Serious Eat blog, where they explained that the baking powder releases Carbon Dioxide during the cooking stage. This causes the natural juices released from the chicken to bubble up and blister the skin – giving a very crispy finish!
This is such a rewarding recipe that is so easy to cook and is a home run each and every time. So get the oven on, crack open a cold beer and indulge in a piece of American history.