Wing Night!

There’s no longer a free inch of shelf space in my house to display even one more small little cookbook. It’s gotten so bad that if I open the cupboard above the desk in our family room too quickly, one of the books or magazines stuffed on the top shelf is quite likely to fall on my head. And yet, I keep buying them. Hey, there’s still some free space under our bed in the master bedroom.

Fortunately my need for a cookbook “fix” has slowed dramatically since I started blogging a couple months ago. I’m inspired almost daily by a never-ending supply of creative recipes and pictures from other bloggers that leave me feeling hungry at all hours of the day. I have to say that it’s the best aspect of blogging.

I’ve tried quite a few of the recipes that I’ve come across, and I have a long list of recipes that I still want to try. Today I thought I’d share a couple simple recipes for something just about everyone I know loves—wings! I tried two recipes on the same night because, well, I just couldn’t decide which to try. Thanks to Eva of KitchenInspirations and Kay at Pure Complex for the inspiration.

With about three pounds of wings in total, I started out by halving the Maple Garlic Chicken Wings recipe and shaking the sauce and half the wings in a large baggie. I dumped the wings on a baking sheet lined with foil (as per Eva’s suggestion) and then added the Maple-Mustard Chicken Wings sauce (halved also) and the remaining wings to the baggie. I cooked them all at 400° for about an hour.

Set your table with some carrot sticks, a bowl of edamame, potato wedges and you’ve got yourself a wing night! Although my husband would say that it isn’t wing night without a cold frosty one, so be sure to grab a beer for the adults. (I added some chunky potato wedges sprayed with Pam Olive Oil and sprinkled with seasonings on a second baking sheet to the oven with the wings for the last half hour. I also made a quickie dipping sauce by adding a bit of bottled honey mustard dressing to some sour cream.)

Here are the links to the recipes:

Maple Garlic Chicken Wings

Grilled Maple-Mustard Chicken Wings

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18 Comments on “Wing Night!”

  1. They look delicious.. no one’s a huge fan of wings here because there isn’t lots of meat on them, but I’m sure making a fairly decent amount with a fresh salad would make everyone happy. Bookmarking this for future reference 🙂

    • That’s too bad that your wings don’t have a lot of meat on them. I find that they’ve really gone up in price over the past few years, and the amount of meat isn’t what it used to be. Your right, with a salad they go a lot father — and I guess we stay healther too. :

  2. Kristy says:

    Yum! I remember being drawn to these recipes as well. Delicious! A wing night sounds fantastic. 🙂

  3. Purely.. Kay says:

    Didn’t you just love those wings? I know I did when I made them. They were so good, I was licking my fingertips after I finished lol. You did a great job

    • Yes, we loved the wings Kay! My mom friends who read my blog are always asking me for easy recipes that are kid-friendly, and these wings certainly fit the bill. When I saw Eva’s wing post I knew that I had to make them — but both recipes looked so good. I loved the combination of maple and mustard….and so did the rest of the family. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  4. Great looking wings, and I know what you mean about the cookbooks. They are running us out of house and home, along with all the great recipes I now print out from my blogging friends. It’s a happy addiction, though. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the shout out, Barbie, those wings really look great. Such a treat on a weeknight!

  6. Charles says:

    Hi Barb, I’m not the hugest fan of chicken, but I do appreciate a good pile of wings every now and again – yummy 😀 I always buy organic, free-range chickens and I notice that their wings are pretty small – If wings in general seem smaller I guess it could mean that our meat isn’t being pumped full of chicken steroids or something, which can only be good.

    • That’s great that you buy organic, free-range chickens. I’m afraid that I fall down on that front — although I’d be interested if it was easier to buy them at my usual grocery store. I find that I’m short on time to shop around at too many stores these days. I used to meet a few friend for wing night each week when I lived in Vancouver. Too bad we couldn’t do the same with our online foodie friends — although not sure wings would live up to everyone’s high food standards!

  7. Sissi says:

    Barb, your wings look so luscious! I haven’t had wings in ages actually and now all I want to do is organise my own wing night too 🙂 I see you are also a fan of edamame. I find them addictive, but it’s one of the very few addictive snacks I can enjoy guiltlessly. Thanks for this wonderful wings recipe ideas!

    • Isn’t edamame the best? It saves me time and again, as it is a guaranteed way to get some greens into my ponytails. Hope that you have a fun wing night soon — it is a great way to unwind after a busy day.

  8. Stefanie says:

    They look great! And those are two delicious flavors! I continue to buy cookbooks, too, though I find I turn to blogs a lot of times since I know it’s tried and true then 🙂

    • I hear you there. I’m still buying the cookbooks — just not as frequently. It is nice to know someone has endorsed a recipe — especially when you can see the terrific photos as proof. Thanks for dropping by!

  9. Karen says:

    I did see the wings on both blogs and your photo is another reason to try them.


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