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Super Bowl Recipes: Classic Buffalo Wings

It’s almost Super Bowl kickoff time! If you’re looking for Super Bowl food ideas, Buffalo wings have earned a spot on the coffee tables of sports fans worldwide, and many will be nibbled today in front of Super Bowl XLV. If you’re looking for a Buffalo wing recipe, you’re in luck: the sauce couldn’t be easier – hot sauce and melted butter. No need to dump them out of a frozen bag.

Many pub-style wings are deep-fried, but roasting is a perfectly effective method of cooking them at home. The high, direct heat cooks small pieces of chicken through quickly, caramelizing the exterior and crisping up their skin.

Once roasted, you can toss chicken wings with any sauce you like, then give them a final turn in the oven.

Classic Buffalo Wings

3-4 lbs chicken wings or drumettes, wing tips trimmed
canola or olive oil, for cooking

1/2 cup Red Hot or other hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Pat wings dry with paper towel and arrange in a single layer on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. (Lay them on a wire rack set on the sheet, if you have one.) Drizzle with oil and toss to coat; roast for 20-30 minutes, until cooked through and starting to turn golden.

Meanwhile, stir together the hot sauce and butter. Remove wings from the oven, drain away any fat in the bottom of the pan, toss wings with sauce (if you like, save some to toss the wings in afterward) and roast for another 10-15 minutes, until the skins are crispy and the sauce is caramelized. If you like, turn on the broiler and cook for 2-3 minutes, until deep golden.

Serve immediately, with napkins. Serves 6-10.

Photo credit: istockphoto/EasyBuy4u

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