When it comes to food and holidays, are you a traditionalist or do you thrive on serving the unexpected?
(Have I been watching too many Sex & the City marathons? I feel that question was worded in the style of Carrie Bradshaw…)
Personally, I like to walk the line between the two worlds. Take Thanksgiving – of course I’ll serve turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and something green, but they won’t necessarily be prepared in “traditional” ways. Then maybe I’ll throw in a curveball of an appetizer.
You have to keep them on their toes, but you can’t leave out the classics.
That’s where spices come in.
Sunday is the Super Bowl, which of course means chicken wings!
But there is no reason they have to be standard buffalo wings. For me especially, I feel it’s pointless to attempt making buffalo wings. My grandparents live in Buffalo and I’ve had the original. They can’t be beat. So let’s just move on.
Where the idea of making Indian spiced chicken wings popped into my head, I can’t tell you. But I’m glad it did.
Why? Because this often means a yogurt based marinade, which makes for the most tender and juicy chicken possible.
These wings are baked, simply because frying things when you’re entertaining can get… tedious. Especially when there’s meat involved and you’re worried about not cooking it through, or over-cooking it, or how to keep the previous batches warm and crispy while making the current one. Nope. Not this year.
In fact, I’m not cooking at all for the Super Bowl this year – we’re going out! The 49ers are in the Super Bowl and the city is ablaze with excitement.
(And considering how things went after the Giants swept the World Series – it might literally be ablaze on Sunday.)
So if you’re entertaining for the Super Bowl, I hope these wings will make your life a little easier, a lot more delicious, and plenty unexpected for your guests.