When discussing hot sauce with a co-worker one day my husband discovered that Woolworths grocery store brought Frank's Red Hot sauce to Australia! The same sauce used at a lot of the wing joints and restaurants in North America. So Aussies, if you have been longing to have American style wings now is your chance, and it's so dang easy to do at home. We have since discovered that Bibina (a wholesale supplier) stocks a 3.78Litre jug. That's HUGE! We use the hot sauce on anything we can think of, mexican, pizza, eggs and bacon, and certain soups.
If you don't like things too spicy hot then you will like these wings. I've been known to just sit and drip the sauce on my finger because I'm so obsessed with it, and NEVER end up with burning-mouth syndrome. However, if you do love very HOT wings then you will probably be able to find the spicier version of this sauce.
I found this old photo of me on the left. Duck face can also be translated as Frank's Red face
Step 1 and 2 - Buy and Butcher your wings: The wings I've found at butchers and the grocery stores here in Newcastle, Australia seem to always come with the wing tip, mid-joint wing, and drumette all still attached so I have to do some butchering myself. I always throw out the wing tip. They range in price from $2kg to $4. You'll probably pay around $6kg for organic. I usually buy around 2 Kg's (4.4lbs) for 4 people.
Step 3 - Put your oven on 'bake' as hot as it will go so 250C/500F
Step 3 - Line baking trays with aluminium foil and then baking paper. This makes clean up very easy and you don't lose any of that nice crispy skin to the pan or the foil. Above you can see how I have cut and laid out the chicken on the baking tray.
Step 4 - Once the first side of your chicken becomes crispy, as seen in the above photo, then it's time to take your wings out and turn them. When both sides are that nice golden colour and look very crispy you take them out.
Step 5 - Throw all your wings in a big bowl and coat them in as much sauce as you want (approximately 300ml), stirring with a large spoon as you go. Be careful not to add too much because a lot more sauce ends up on the bottom of the bowl then you think. Serve with celery sticks (and other assorted dipping vegetables as desired) and blue cheese dip. See recipe below for easy-ass dip recipe.
The Frank's Red Hot Website says you can use equal parts melted butter to the sauce but I think that just makes this too unhealthy. Bleh.
BLUE CHEESE DIP
Here it is.
Ready. So easy.
3 equal parts of:
- Sour Cream
- Best Foods Mayonnaise
- Blue cheese (cheese tip: I prefer using the softer gorgonzola).
Using about 1/2 cup of each is a good place to start. Blend until smooth with spoon or hand blender.
Mayo Tip: The mayo I use is Canadian and you can find it at Coles or Woolies. It's the closest thing I have found to homemade mayonnaise. Personally, I cannot stand the sweet tanginess of Australian mayonnaise. I've converted many an Aussie this mayo brand.