I’m starting to enjoy posting football food. I get to use my grill. But alas, cold weather is on the way and I will have to move my enterprises inside soon. We’ll see if Man Food can be made indoors.
So this past weekend I was thinking wings. Karen gave me these great grilling cookbooks for my birthday and I’ve got to use them, right? Weber’s Big Book had two recipes I wanted to try. And I found a recipe in Bobby Flay’s book for grilled portabella caps. Sounds like fun.
Among the ingredients for one of the wing recipes was Tabasco, for heat. My wife is from Trinidad; we don’t have Tabasco, we have Chatak, remember? I used two teaspoons of it in the marinade and bought an extra gallon of milk.
I made two different kinds of wings. They were both very good, but I only marinaded the sweet & spicy ones for a couple of hours. I ran out of time Saturday night, but next time they’ll both marinade overnight. Of what I made, the last wings on the grill had more pepper to them. Either the extra time in the marinade helped, or pepper sauce sinks to the bottom.
As you can see I can burn chicken on a charcoal grill just as well as I can on a gas grill. It helps if I’m paying more attention to the game than the grill.
I liked the looks of Bobby’s grilled mushroom caps, but decided to take things a step further. He wanted Parmesan cheese crusted over the mushrooms toward the end. We didn’t have any fresh parmesan so I figured I could use mozzarella, and I even decided to put a little slice of tomato under the cheese. (I’m thinking pizza here. Genius, I know.) Toward the end I found some shredded parmesan in the fridge so I threw that on too. They turned out great, but in the future I’d make them out of regular sized creminis so that they’re bite-sized. I’ll keep you posted.
After all was said and done I had 3 good appetizers suitable for catering my Super Bowl party this year, should I have opportunity to host one. Go Steelers.
Mighty Tasty Drumettes
3 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp. fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
1 1/2 tsp. minced Garlic
1 tsp. minced fresh Ginger
1/2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Hot, Sweet, & Sticky Chicken Wings
1/2 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Dark Brown Sugar
4 tsp. minced Garlic
4 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp. Pepper Sauce
2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
2 tsp. Paprika
2 tsp. Chili Powder