Thanksgiving. Post-Thanksgiving stupor. Holiday parties. Travel. Shopping. Gift-giving cooking. Post office purgatory. Christmas. New Years. Visiting family and friends. Bowl game parties. NFL game gatherings. With all of this thrown on top of everyday life, as the cooks in our clans it isn’t surprising most of us feel like we just got Gronked.
Yet most of us wouldn’t trade it for the world. For some, cooking in the kitchen is a chore, yet for most of us, it is one of the best places in the world. A place where we pour our hearts and souls into the food to bring a smile to those we love.
Diane and I have been hosting gatherings for as long as we’ve been together (nearly 16 years). Starting as two crazy kids who loved to cook combined with a couple roommates who loved to eat. We can still remember many of our first gatherings. Cooking for 8 would take us a week of prep and cooking.
Today we’ve become much more proficient. A gathering of 40 can be done in a day or two. We’ll still start about a week ahead planning the menu, but the actual cooking (sans minor mis en place prep) has been streamlined for efficiency.
A big part of the planning lies in dish selection. What is going to take time to cook when everyone is already here? What has a complicated prep? What can be done ahead? What is time and heat/cold sensitive in serving?
A complicated or time-killing dish isn’t necessarily better tasting than a quick dish. If there is already one dish you must have which takes a lot of prep time, eliminate others which will compete for that time. There needs to be several quick, easy, and delicious dishes at your disposal.
Chicken wings fill that need for us time and again. They can be quickly prep. Mass baked on sheet pans, evenly gently kept warm or re-heated if you need to bake them ahead of time, then tossed in their final sauce when ready to serve. And few things go better with beer and football than chicken wings.
This is our latest favorite, basically taking the sauce we used for the curried smashed potatoes and tossing it with the wings. Which is also another party short-cut. One sauce, two distinct dishes. You can also easily sub in your favorite sauce instead of the curry if you have a more conservative group you are feeding. Here’s our other chicken wing recipes for ideas or you can always serve them with a side of or tossed in a home-made Sriracha style sauce:
More Recipes for Chicken Wings.
Yield: Serves 4-6
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Chicken wings can be prepared in different ways to achieve their crispness: fried or baked, with flour or not. To make them extra crisp, you can pre-poach (or pre-boil) them first to render off any excess fat. Visit this write up on different ways to prepare chicken wings. This recipe shows a baked technique, but you can certainly fry the wings to make them crispy.
Preheat oven 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.