Saucy and breaded turkey wings for Super Bowl

Ontario Turkey

Ontario Turkey

Rita DeMontis, National Food Editor, QMI Agency
 

, Last Updated: 1:53 PM ET

 

The perfect antidote to this endless winter has to be the upcoming Super Bowl 2014, taking place this Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and pitting the nostril-flaring Denver Broncos against the marauding Seattle Seahawks.

The beauty of this coveted event is you don't have to know a thing about the game to throw a fabulous party in its honour — from casual to catered; it's all about the food. The Red Hot Chili Peppers (food for thought!) are expected to join Bruno Mars for the halftime show, so you know you're in for a good time, but with word the weather's going to be brutal, we're sure the mighty Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist) is going to keep his clothes on for the show.

As for the food — according to Dr. Charles Platkin, professor at New York's Hunger College and editor of dietdetective.com it’s the second biggest day for food consumption in the U.S., after Thanksgiving. And Canadian fans can't be far behind. It's the day of throwing caution to the wind — and whether it's the beer or chicken wings (according to the U.S.-based National Chicken Council's 2014 Wing Report, 1.25 billion wings will be devoured during Super Bowl XLVIII, about 20 million more wings than last year) or the pizza (Domino Pizza alone is predicting more than 11 million pizzas delivered during the game) or the chips (the Snack Food Assoc., with the Calorie Control Council are reporting well over 11.2 million pounds of potato chips are going to be consumed, counting for 27 billion in calories and at least 1.8 billion grams of fat!) or the guacamole (a Super Bowl must with the California Avocado Commission saying some 8 million pounds of avocados are taking one for the teams this year) all I can say is - pass the Pepto and pray for pigskin glory!

Sauced Turkey Wings

Supersize your chicken wings for the game by using turkey wings instead — bigger, meatier! Boil the wings ahead of time so you can simply coat them in the sauces and bake when guests are over. Make two different varieties so that guests will be wowed with their tasty options! Recipe courtesy of Ontario Turkey (makesitsuper.ca).

  • 4 turkey wings, (about 3 lb/1.5 kg) cut into 2 pieces each

Curry Lime Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Thai green or red curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 ml) grated lime rind
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) liquid honey

Cut wings into 2 pieces at both joints. Discard wing tips. Place wings in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Boil wings for 30 minutes, while skimming off foam. Remove turkey from water and place in a very large bowl. Curry Lime Sauce: Add curry paste, lime rind and juice, fish sauce and honey to wings and toss well to coat evenly. Place turkey wings on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in 400F (200C) oven for about 30 minutes or until golden and juices run clear when pierced. Makes 8 pieces.

Sriracha Maple Variation: Omit Curry Lime Sauce and combine turkey with 1/4 cup (60 ml) ketchup, 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) pure maple syrup, 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Sriracha chili sauce and 2 cloves garlic, minced.

Breaded Turkey Wings

These are manly sized wings that will surely fit the bill for game day! Recipe courtesy of Ontario Turkey (makesitsuper.ca).

  • 4 turkey wings (about 3 lb/1.5 kg), cut into 2 pieces each
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) canola oil
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 m.) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. (5 m.) chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 ml.) dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 ml) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 ml) hot pepper flakes

Cut wings into two pieces at both joints. Discard wing tips. In a very large bowl toss turkey wings with oil. In a small bowl, stir together bread crumbs, cheese, chili powder, oregano, hot pepper flakes and salt. Add to turkey wings in bowl and shake to coat well. Place turkey wings on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in 400F (200C) oven for about 1 hour or until golden brown, crisp and juices run clear when pierced. Makes 8 pieces.

Cajun variation: Omit Parmesan, chili powder, oregano, hot pepper flakes and salt. Add 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) of Cajun seasoning to the breadcrumb coating and 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco). To add even more heat, increase amount of hot pepper sauce or serve it alongside the wings.

Tip: Look for the bones showing through while roasting as another sign that the wings are cooked.


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