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~ JoePa's Chicken Wings (Deep-Fried to Perfection)~

6a0120a8551282970b0133f3797b17970bIn our Happy Valley (PSU) household, our 3-year old grandson David calls my husband Joe "JoePa" and calls me (Mel/Melanie) "GrandMel".  Sweet!?!  JoePa's wings are the best I have ever tasted.  The good news for tailgate is:  they are even better if you make them the night before the game, which gives them time to marinate in the sauce!  Here's what you'll need:

Chicken Wings #1

~ Step 1.  Seriously, now is the time to think about buying a deep-fryer.  This inexpensive appliance is just plain wonderful.  If you don't have one, that is ok.  You can fry in any large-size 6-8-quart stockpot.  Just fill it half way (no more) with corn or peanut oil heated to 360 degrees (you'll need a candy thermometer to control the heat).  If you do own a deep-fryer, preheat it according to the manufacturer's directions. Chicken Wings #2

 ~ Step 2.  Using a pair of poultry shears, cut 6 pounds of wings, at their two joints, into 3 sections:  the drumette, the wing, and the "skinny" wing tip.

Some folks like to fry and eat the wing tips, I do not, but that is your choice.  Without frying the wing tips, this recipe will yield about 4 dozen chicken wings.

The wing tips can be frozen and used to make stock, as while they are "skinny", they are flavorful. Chicken Wings #3

~ Step 3.  Simply dredge/coat the wings in pancake mix... "yes dear, pancake mix."  I've tried all sorts of flour mixtures and pancake mix is the best!  You'll need about 2 cups  pancake mix to do all of the wings.

Most people don't even dredge their wings in flour.  I don't understand why.  This step makes the wings crispy and also makes the Sweet 'n Spicy Wing Sauce recipe adhere to them "oh so wonderfully!"Chicken Wings #6

~Step 4.  Fry the wings, 5-6-8 at a time, or whatever the basket of the deep-fryer will comfortably hold without crowding the fryer basket, about 13 minutes per batch.

Immediately transfer wings to a paper towel lined dish or platter.  Immediately and generously salt the wings.  I use freshly ground sea salt.  Continue this process until all wings are deep-fried and salted.  Sauce with:  ~ Melanie's Sweet 'n Spicy Wing Sauce ~, found in Categories 1, 2, 8, 17 or 20!

Proper chicken wing etiquette:  Wings are user-friendly, requiring no knives or forks.  All you need are your fingertips and a large stack of napkins to delight in this very casual culinary experience.  Pick them up with your fingers and proceed to nibble, gnaw and chew until all of the meat and sauce have been savored.  It is also acceptable to ignore the napkins completely and lick your lips and fingertips to remove the sauce.  This is one time the terms "lip-smackin' " and "finger-lickin' " apply in every context!

IMG_6168Chicken wings can be served sauced or unsauced (pictured below), the choice is yours.  

In either case, they are traditionally served with blue cheese dip or dressing, accompanied by carrot and celery sticks .  

To get my ~ Buttermilk Blue Cheese 'n Chive Salad Dressing ~ (pictured here), just click into Categories 8 or 10.  It is one of the best versions you'll ever taste!


JoePa's Chicken Wings (Deep-Fried to Perfection):  Recipe yields about 4 dozen chicken wings or 4 dozen appetizers/snacks.

Special Equipment List:  deep-fryer (or 6-8-quart stockpot); cutting board; poultry shears; tongs; paper towels; 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish (for finished wings)

PICT2156Cook's Note:  Wings can be fried and sauced several hours in advance of serving.  For added flavor and heat, stir 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon and 1-2 tablespoons of ground cayenne pepper into the 2-cups of pancake mix... that choice is yours.  When I do that, we refer to them as ~ GrandMel's Cinnamon-Chicken Wings ~!!!

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2010)



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"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

do these wings also cover up for pedophiles?

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