Original Buffalo Wings, ~the first of several hot recipes

A college friend who hailed from Buffalo, New York, introduced me to Buffalo Wings in 1982. We were two of 11 girls sharing “the Mansion,” a dilapidated, but enchanting house near Marquette University in Milwaukee.

We always needed an excuse to throw a party, and Lizzy knew of this crazy, great wing recipe. Lizzy said it was created by a lady in her Buffalo Bar and that those wings were in great demand there.  Lizzy’s dad told us we “would be smart if we opened a stand and started selling these wings.”  And I, well, I had a Polish grandma named Bernice that was beloved by butchers at Kissinger Meats, who usually tossed unwanted wings away. So, grandma could get me 5 pounds of wings for a song.

Now there are so many recipes, and I’ll be sure pass on a few other favorites along with an uptake on the blue cheese dip. (But, of course, ~Lizzy’s recipe for the original blue cheese dip follows her wing recipe in this post.) Those other wings will post in coming days, but Lizzy’s is the first recipe, and the best.

Original Buffalo Wings
4 lbs. chicken wings
vegetable oil
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. Franks Red Hot Pepper Sauce
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Teriyaki Sriracha Chicken Wings

This was a typical recipe until Sriracha helped to adjust the recipe, add a bit of heat, and crisp up the wings!

Teriyaki Sriracha Chicken Wings
2 lbs. chicken wings
¼ c. sesame seed oil
2-4 tsp. Sriracha, (add more or less, to taste)
1 c. soy sauce
¼-½ c. honey
2 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
¼ tsp. black pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped

Combine marinade ingredients and pour over wings. Marinade in refrigerator 2-3 hours.  Bake at 350° F. 45 min., then pace under broiler to crisp and slightly char. Serves 4-6.

Palomino Spicy Garlic Pepper Wings

Palomino Restaurant was a popular locale in Minneapolis in the early 1990s. While the restaurant can still be found in other cities, it closed in Minneapolis.  But, before it left, I was sure to secure it’s wing recipe.

Palomino Spicy Garlic Pepper Wings
Garlic Cilantro Marinade:
1 lg. head garlic, separated, peeled, minced
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. coarse black pepper
1 tsp. curry powder
¼ tsp red pepper flakes, crushed
1/3 c. soy sauce
½ c. vegetable oil
2 lbs. chicken drummettes

Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce:
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Carol Mack’s Soy Sauce Chicken Wings

Mom swears, “These are the best wings!”

Keep in mind, this appetizer was popular in the ’60’s, ’70’s, and early ’80s, decades before the Buffalo wing craze.  This wing is not crispy.  It’s cooked in the marinade and chicken juices so that the flavor permeates the wing meat.

*Insist on a crispy wing? Just tweak the recipe for today’s expectations, please see note following the recipe.

Carol Mack’s Soy Sauce Chicken Wings
1 c. soy sauce
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