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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Spinach-Cheese Bagel Bites

A delish 15-min. prep time for this appetizer from Dairy Association winner Vicki Burgess of Houston, Texas.

Spinach-Cheese Bagel Bites
4 day-old bagels
4 oz. (4 c.) fresh spinach, stems removed
1 c. provolone, shredded
1/3 c. onion, minced
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Carol Z’s Deviled Eggs

I snatched mom’s deviled eggs recipe over a quick phone conversation, and had just enough time to write down the ingredients.  It is Gold!

But this is yet another 40 or more year-old recipe where there is no recipe. And that means the ingredient amounts vary with the number of eggs boiled. The rest of the ingredients are combined to just highlight – to devil – the egg yolk, not take it over.

Deviled Eggs
Eggs, hard-boiled
Ham (or any smokey meat, i.e. bologna, bacon, etc.), chopped very fine
Dill pickles, chopped very fine
Celery, chopped very fine
Dry mustard (not hot)
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Saucy Sweet & Sour Cocktail Meatballs circa 1975

Digging through mom’s recipes*, I came across these cocktail meatballs. One test to determined that this is a great appetizer:

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Last night, I doubled this recipe, using 2½ pounds of ground beef! These meatballs disappeared within minutes, honestly! And my guests were asking for more!

Saucy Sweet & Sour Cocktail Meatballs

1½ lbs. ground beef
3 tbsp. bread or saltine cracker crumbs
½ tsp. salt
1 egg
Sauce (recipe below)

Mix beef, crumbs, salt and egg and shape into meatballs. Brown in skillet or place in baking pan and bake at 350° F. until brown and firm. Remove from grease and place in a baking dish or Continue reading