Monday, December 5, 2011

Just Wing It

Crispy, Spicy, Mild, Honey or BBQ'd....... Chicken wings.....  A must have accompaniment to a sports game....  Fantasy teams, foam fingers, body painting, the ceremonial victory dance and yes wings....   The staple of the perfect Sunday afternoon or Monday night spirited game. A time the men digress into cave-like behavior, grunting and groaning, jumping and dancing all for a leather ball being chased around a field.  The only time they will get up at 3am to pack the vehicle full of the necessities for the ritual tailgating... A word I have yet to understand or find the right meaning for.   Tailgating - the art of eating and drinking in a parking lot... Hmmmmm.... 
I will admit to my occasional afternoon of sitting in a chair with a beverage in hand in a parking lot full of cars.... I may not understand it fully, but it has been quite entertaining.  Observations have shown that the game itself is not the competition but it is the items on the grill, the most decorated vehicle or costumes adorned that are of utmost importance.  Holding a foam finger high in the air with the flames raging at the tip... Yes you are on fire!   That was a grill you were standing near!  No, not fear of being burned but cheers for running in between cars chanting your teams name with a flaming foam tip.... but wait... a feeling of warmth reaches the hand and the foam finger now a fist goes flying through the air to land in a bucket of ice..... A moment of silence.. they hear the sizzle.....then cheers and more beers!
In the spirit of the competition, wing recipes flood the lot.... But who has the winning recipe?  Look no further because if you Just Wing It, you might Win It!  It's the Madden Challenge for the quest of the Wing King... or Queen in my case..
It might very well be I was the first Wing Queen and it is my duty to pass on the foam finger to the next in line....Beware the the fame is glorious and the duties are endless for you will be in charge of wings for the next year to come....

Spanish Smoked Paprika Wings

4 Tsp. ground cumin
2 Tsp. granulated garlic
2 Tsp. dried marjoram crushed
2 Tsp. Spanish smoked paprika
2 Tsp. Salt
4 lbs. chicken wing pieces
4 Tbls. olive oil

Preheat oven 425.  Mix together the spices in a small bowl.  Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry.  Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken.  Pour the olive oil onto a baking sheet and spread it all around.  Roll the chicken pieces in the oil until lightly coated on all sides, then arrange in a single layer without touching.
Bake 20 mins. then flip the pieces and bake 20 to 25 mins.  They should be crisp and golden.

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