Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Frank's Red Hot American Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip - EASY Recipes

I grew up in a large family so it was really special (and rare) when my mum would take me on a date night, just the two of us. I would always want her to take me for .25 cent wings at the Cactus Club restaurant in Vancouver.  Our wings always came with celery sticks and blue cheese dip. Every time I am back in Canada I go out for wings. It's not hard to get my Australian husband on board the wing train either and hit up wing joints with me when we are back there.
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
















BUFFALO WINGS
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. 


On this wing night I did salad with roast veggies instead of dipping veg
This post was not sponsored by Frank's Red.

*Frank's Red original is a paleo approved product and Whole30 compliant!*

35 comments:

  1. I have a friend who's a bit obsessed with spicy hot wings too :) I'll definitely share this recipe with him :)

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  2. Oh those wings do look very yummy!! :-)

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  3. I am not a huge fan of wings or anything chilli - but you had me at blue cheese dip - yumo!

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  4. What a delicious combo, Jess! My husband will love these :)

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  5. Ooo that does look yummy. But I must confess - I'm 47 and I wouldn't have any clue about the different parts of chicken wings that you mention and butcher!!!


    Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx

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  6. That beer is calling me.

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  7. @Hugzilla You must have beer with wings. MUST!!

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  8. @Janet aka Middle Aged Mama You would be fine. Woolies sells them as 'wings' so you don't have to worry about finding the cut, just cutting them up when you get home. And finding parts is as easy as googling "chicken parts." You'd be able to do it just by looking at my photos. Don't give up Janet - you will be missing out!

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  9. @Tegan Seymour Try them, and tell me how you go! :)

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  10. @Lisa @ Random Acts Of Zen what about you?

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  11. I've had friends say that to me then be totally converted to these ones @Josefa @always Josefa They are a game changer. Don't hate me people, but I don't really like Aussie wings at all. The blue cheese dip is so good for a veggie platter. Always impresses.

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  12. @writeofthemiddle Are you going to try them, Min?

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  13. Isn't he the luckies man alive! @Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

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  14. I would LOVE to but I'm trying to lose weight. I'm starting to lose the plot though and God help me at Christmas time!! ;-) x (Recipe has been printed though!!)

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  15. Oh yes, I'll have some. But, give me a big bowl of that blue cheese dip and I'll be soooo happy :)

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  16. Oh my goodness, that blue cheese sauce has my name on it! Yum!!

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  17. @Lauren @ Create Bake Make What would you have it with? :)

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  18. OMG - these look fantastic. I fell in love with this dish in America when I was living with my Aunt and Uncle after graduating from uni…but I havent found anything as good here in Australia. Maybe I will have to make some!

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  19. Hmm, I'm loving your hot wings but I think it would also be great on a nice piece of steak!

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  20. Oh this brings back memories of our year living in Canada in 2011 - I love how the celery sticks are the concession to healthy! There was another dish we had - cheese curd with gravy - can't remember what name they gave it - was great when you were hungry after coming off the ski slopes (we lived in Whistler). Thanks for the yummy memories.

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  21. Oh yummo! I'm craving food with flavor at the moment. I've been eating kiddy food for too long. Maybe these are a go-er for hubby and I to have one night post kiddy dinner x

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  22. I have focused on these bad boys all week and now all I was is chicken wings but I cannot be bothered to go out to the store after spending my morning in the hellish mall. Will have to make do with my other favourite - homemade pizza - with franks red hot sauce all over it! mahaha - Thanks for having me in the link up @Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

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  23. @ShariI feel like I've waited half my life to be able to have these wings in Australia. Well 12.5 years is pretty close. You won't be disappointed Shari, just make sure you get those wings super crispy.

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  24. Oh my goodness. Looks amazeballs. We had a very in-depth discussion about how to eat chicken wings with friends the other day. I am not a big fan of the chicken wing, per se, but I'm a big fan of this! Totally going to hunt down Frank's Hot Sauce!

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  25. Oh My Gosh, these look divine! I've never cooked anything like this before, I should give it a go!


    Di from Max The Unicorn visiting vis FYBF :)

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  26. Oh, I do love me some buffalo wings! I never get them quite right, though. This recipe will definitely come in handy! Thanks for sharing! x

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  27. @Grace I think the only thing you could really do wrong here is not get the chicken crispy enough. They need to come out of the oven with a deep fried look to them :) You can do it!

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  28. @Dianne Childs Please tell me if you do end up trying them. I'd love to know. I made them for my friend on the weekend and she was texting me last night saying she is now an addict and needs the sauce NOW!!!!

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  29. @sammie@theannoyedthyroid.com How do you eat chicken wings? Messy and with your hands I say. It's not first date food. It's to be enjoyed by people who don't care about messy and just love delicious flavours. I haven't found any other wings worth eating or making to be honest so I understand if you aren't a fan of the wing, but just give these a go. They may change you forever! haha

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  30. It's a really easy one to make for friends too because it's a massive pleaser and you just cut up veggies on the side. Everyone just fills up on wings. My friend on the weekend was like "what else can I make if you're making the wings" I told her she'd be too full for anything too full for anything else. I was right.

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  31. Poutine. OH my gosh @Kathy www.yinyangmother.com You should have seen my husband trying to have as much Poutine as possible at every restaurant we went to. It didn't matter if chips with cheese curd and gravy didn't go with the rest of his meal - he was having them while he could.

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  32. oh gosh I so know what I am having dinner!!! YUMMY - yes that's capital yummy.
    Thanks for the great recipe, I am off shopping today so now I am know what I am buying for our dinner to night :)

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  33. Sure did !! And shared the recipe here - http://www.newlifeontheroad.com/spicy-chicken-wings-with-blue-cheese-sauce/ - IT was the best meal we have had in ages :)

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