Friday, August 30, 2013

Buffalo Wings

College football season is right around the corner.  There is a lot of excitement over one game in particular in my small little town outside of Atlanta.

That's right.  The Georgia Bulldogs are playing the Clemson Tigers on Saturday in Athens.  I've heard so much about this upcoming football game in the past week that I can actually rattle off stats for both teams.  (Not a fact that I am necessarily proud of.) 

It really doesn't matter which team you support because ALL Georgia football fans like to tailgate.  It wasn't until I moved to Georgia that I realized just how important tailgating is to football fans.  I had never before witnessed a tailgate at a high school football game until I moved here.  The south has truly taken the tailgating phenomenon to a whole new level.

I also discovered that a tailgate party can be a casual meeting of fans with beer and pizza or an elegant affair where formally dressed patrons sip sangria from crystal stemware. Two things are universal at tailgate parties however, everyone in attendance wears their team colors and there is always lots of food. 

If you're planning on attending a tailgate party this Fall, you may want to keep this recipe close by.  Chicken wings and football just seem to go hand in hand.  These would be a welcome addition at any party. 

Buffalo Chicken Wings
20 chicken drumettes
1/4 cup canola oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
barbeque sauce

Fill the bottom of a dutch oven with 1 inch of water.  Bring to a simmer.  Place a steamer basket in bottom of dutch oven.  Place chicken in steamer.

Cover and steam chicken 10 minutes.  Remove chicken from steamer basket and pat dry.  

Heat oil in a large skillet.  Add chicken and saute 5 minutes on each side.

Remove from skillet and place in a bowl with barbeque sauce.  Shake to coat wings.

If I were taking these wings to a tailgate party, I would leave them in this big Tupperware bowl for easy transport.  They're easy to transport and you can serve out of the bowl as well.  (Unless you happen to be going to one of those super fancy tailgate parties.  Then you're on your own.) 


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