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Introduction & method

Buffalo wings are an American institution. They were invented in the mid 1960s at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, hence the name. Nothing to do with large woolly beasties at all. It's hard to imagine a world without buffalo wings - they are simple, delicious, and totally addictive. And very easy to make.

Buffalo Wings Recipe

Prep the chicken wings

If you have frozen chicken wings, you'll need to defrost them thoroughly before use. If they are already cut into flats and drumettes, you're good to go. Otherwise, if there's a wing tip attached, cut it off and discard it or keep it for stock. Cut through the elbow joint to separate the two parts of the wing. Dredge them in a little flour - this adds to the crispiness of the fried wings.

Cook the wings

The traditional recipe calls for deep-frying, so heat up a pan of vegetable oil until a small cube of bread dropped into it floats to the top and sizzles. Carefully lower the drumettes into the oil. A minute or two later, add the flats (because the drumettes are a bit thicker, they take a bit longer to cook than the flats). Fry until the outsides are crispy and golden, about 10 minutes.

Make the buffalo sauce

While the wings are cooking, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the vinegar and hot sauce. Stir well and keep warm until needed.

Make the blue cheese dip

Cut the blue cheese into small chunks and blend it into the mayonnaise with a fork.

To serve the Buffalo Wings

Drain the fried wings, sprinkle with a little salt, and stir into the sauce until well-coated. Serve with the blue cheese dip in a small bowl, and some celery sticks.

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Ingredients & Info

•  12 chicken wing segments
•  1 tbsp plain white flour
•  100 grams unsalted butter
•  4 tbsp white wine vinegar
•  2 tbsp hot sauce
•   DIP
•  50 grams blue cheese
•  3 tbsp mayonnaise

Oil for frying. The authentic hot sauce is Frank's, from Louisiana. I used sriracha, but I think you can use anything you like. The exact amount depends on how hot you like your food, but it shouldn't be screamingly hot. You can use any mild blue cheese for the dip - I used Bleu d'Auvergne.

US (cups, sticks, etc)

Makes 12 Buffalo wings
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 10 minutes.
Total time: 20 minutes.

Watch the video on YouTube