Here are my 5 favorite Game Day Wing Recipes … two are really easy to make and you will see why. Whether I am playing, coaching, or watching, there is nothing like enjoying a great game.
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1) Sweet Heat
This is one of my wife’s favorite. It is super easy and it is a little spin on the traditional hot wing sauce with a few extra ingredients.
- 2/3 cup hot pepper sauce, I prefer Franks original Red Hot (you can use one of the “hotter” versions if you prefer a higher heat index)
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 or 1 Tablespoon of garlic (depending on preference…I use a whole tablespoon)
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper (optional)
Start with just the pepper sauce, butter, and garlic and bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a low simmer and add the honey and the pepper (optional). Let this cook down, for approximately 10-15 min. until the sauce thickens. Make sure to stir this occasionally, you do not want the honey to burn. I like the sauce a little thicker, because I like a completely coated wing.
2) Sweet and Tangy
By far this is my favorite sauce. In college my friends and I would take advantage of the weekly wing night in our town. This sauce was always one of my “go to” favorites…and it is super easy.
- 1/2 cup of A1 steak Sauce (No I am not crazy…trust me on this one)
- 1/2 cup of honey
I know… a little different for wings…but trust me- it is really good. Just add both of the ingredients together and bring to a boil. Once the temperature is up, reduce to low and simmer for 10-15 min. until the sauce thickens. Again, make sure to stir occasionally to ensure the sauce does not burn.
3) Garlic Butter
This is one of my parents’ favorites…
- 2 tablespoons of minced garlic (I prefer fresh garlic)
- 5 Tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of parsley
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 Tablespoon of flour (to help thicken the sauce)
Start with the butter and the garlic and simmer on medium-low heat for about 10 min. The key to this one is not to burn your garlic, but to infuse the butter. After adding the flour and a pinch of salt and pepa then “push it real good.” This will help to thicken the sauce to help ensure a nicely coated wing. I usually add the parsley as a garnishment to the sauce right before tossing with the wings.
(Buy the sauce!)
5) General TSO’s
Teriyaki and General TSO’s are 2 of my favorite sauces by far. The problem with these two sauces…it is an epic failure every time I try to make them from scratch. I can never get it to taste just like my favorite Japanese and Chinese restaurants. So here is what I do instead….I just buy the the sauce from the restaurant directly. We call and just ask for “a container of your ___ sauce”. It is usually around $3 and it saves me a ton of time, and ensures that they will taste just right!
ps- I’ve never tried this one, but I did find a General TSO’s sauce that you can buy in a bottle.
Its that time of year, so enjoy some great food with your favorite people.