Tonight was the Superbowl…yeah Giants and I decided to serve the game food I love with fewer calories, fat and much less guilt. I was asked by all those present to share the recipes. Both recipes are inspired by others,(Weight Watchers and Alton Brown of Food Network) I add my twist to make them a little more….me. Bon appetit!
Good Eats Baked Buffalo Wings (Inspired by altfitgirl from Food Network)
I often take inspiration from other peoples recipes. Combine them with other ideas and give them a twist. Growing up just north of Buffalo, I have been eating wings since my early teens. As much as I love them, I was in need of a healthier version. This one is it!
Ingredients (2-3 people, I always double this one)
- 12 whole chicken wings ( tips removed and cut at the joint)
- 3 ounces unsalted butter
- ¼ cup Louisiana or Frank’s hot sauce
- blue cheese dip (1/2 cup light sour cream, ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, ½ cup light mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp white vinegar)
- celery and carrots
I like to brine all poultry the night before I cook it. For these wings, I soak them in cold water infused with ½ cup Kosher salt, 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes and 1 tsp cayenne.
- Steam the wings over medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Spray rack with a little non-stick spray.
- Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes.
- Turn the wings over and cook another 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown.
- If you are like me and like your wings a little browner and crispier, bake them for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- While the wings are roasting, melt the butter in a small saucepan.
- Pour this along with hot sauce into a big container with a lid (or big bowl).
- Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to the bowl and toss with the sauce.
- Serve warm with blue cheese dressing and celery/carrots sticks.
Turkey Chili (Inspired by Weight Watchers recipe)
2 T olive oil
1 lb ground turkey breast
1 lb turkey sausage, casings removed and crumbled
1 sweet onion chopped
1 res onion chopped
2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow)
3 gloves garlic pressed
1 can 28oz crushed tomatoes
1 jar salsa
3 Tbsp cumin
2 Tbsp dried oregano
2 Tbls Adobo
1 tsp cayenne
2 cans beans, (chickpea, red kidney or cannelini)
Heat oil over medium heat, add all turkey meat and cook until browned. Add chopped onions, peppers, garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add in crushed tomatoes, salsa, spices and beans. Simmer low heat for 30 minutes.