A Super Bowl Menu with Roast Red Pepper Chili Buffalo Wings and Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip

Roast Red Pepper Chili Buffalo Wings marinated in Beer

The commercials, half-time shows and spending time with friends are a few reasons why I like Super Bowl weekends. With the sport’s masculine influence, most menus are quick, gooey, greasy and salty. Here are a few vintage recipes ideas to serve at your Super Bowl party, including a new recipe for Roast Red Pepper Chili Buffalo Wings.

Super Bowl Menu Ideas

1. Salted Peanut Butter Coffee Cake
2. Deviled Eggs with Smoked Paprika and Peppadew Peppers
3. Shredded Kohlrabi, Watermelon Radish, Pear Salad with Arugula
4. Mediterranean-Inspired Open-Faced Sandwiches
5. Cornbread Chili Pot Pie with Oregano Corn
6. The Ultimate Hoagie Sandwich
7. Yellow Beet and Parsnip Wheat Pizza
8. Pretzel Peanut Butter Chicken Strips
9. Toasted Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
10. Red Bean Salsa Nachos with Avocado Yogurt
11. Almond Salty Butter Cookies
12. Baked Yuca Fries with Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauces

13. Roast Red Pepper Chili Buffalo Wings marinated in Beer and served with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip. Most buffalo wing recipes are fried in oil to a crisp and brand X sauce is mixed with a stick of butter. It’s an oil slick recipe. Perhaps, there are healthier options?

Healthy Option No. 1: Blue cheese is rich, buttery and pungent, which is why the unusual taste is loved everywhere. The creaminess cuts through the spicy buffalo sauce. Almost every dip recipe uses mayonnaise to thicken a bottle of brand X Blue Cheese salad dressing. Using a food processor, fresh Blue Cheese is whipped with Greek yogurt for a richer dip. Used this recipe to make a salad dressing by adding more olive oil for a thinner consistency. With this healthy version, the dip maintains its rich and creamy taste with desired pungency.

Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip

Healthy Option No. 2: These wings have a complex flavor profile because of a beer marinade with celery seeds for a mild, malty taste. In addition, instead of using famous brand X sauce for buffalo wings, a Roast Red Pepper Chili sauce is made. It’s a tedious process of roasting the peppers and slipping the charred translucent skin off. It’s a step away from authentic buffalo style wings, but the effort is worth the extra taste. The roast red bell peppers impart a natural sweet flavor to the smoky chilies. Adjust the spiciness of the sauce by using more or less chili peppers. Keep in mind, various types of chili peppers range from mild to crazy spicy. Handle some chilies with gloves, such as habaneros.

Roast Red Pepper Chili Buffalo Wings

Healthy Option No. 3: Thanks to a technique inspired by J. Kenji López-Alt at SeriousEats.com, these wings have a hint of a crispy taste. López-Alt suggests putting the chicken wings over a wire rack placed over a baking sheet and drying them overnight in the refrigerator. After wards, the wings are coated with seasoned flour before baking. Both techniques produce crispy tasting wings without the oil slick. The process is tedious and more time consuming, but these wings are closer to the original Buffalo, New York style.

This version isn’t dependent on butter fat for taste or brand X sauce for authenticity. These are earthy, malty, sweet and spicy. The flavor profile is more complex than the original version, but these Roast Red Pepper Chili Buffalo Wings served with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip are definitely better and healthier.

Roast Red Pepper Chili Buffalo Wings Marinated in Beer

Ingredients
1/2 to 1 lb. clean chicken wings; separated at the joint. If the third smaller part is attached, discard it
2 garlic cloves; minced
Sea salt and fresh black pepper; as needed
A dash of celery seeds
Olive oil; as needed
1/2-cup dark stout beer
Roast Red Pepper Chili Sauce (recipe below) or your favorite brand
(Optional, if the chili sauce is too spicy) One 14 oz. plain tomato sauce/puree
Garnish: Celery and carrots served with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip (recipe below)

Directions
1. Place the first six ingredients in a bowl and marinate for about 4 hours.
2. Place chicken wings on a wire rack over a baking sheet and air dry in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 8 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
4. Toss flour, salt, black pepper, and celery seeds in a heavy brown paper bag (Put the brown bag inside a plastic bag for easy clean up). Put chicken wings inside the brown paper bag and tightly fold the top over. Shake and dance (your favorite football shuffle dance) with the bag. Remove chicken wings from the bag and place on a wire rack over a foil lined baking sheet. Leave at least 1/2-inch space between the wings.
5. Bake chicken wings for 25 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, whisk the tomato sauce/puree (Optional), Roast Chili Sauce and 1/8 cup olive oil together over medium heat. Don’t boil the sauce. Separate sauce into halves and set aside.
7. After 25 minutes of baking in the oven, toss chicken wings with the first half of the warm Roast Red Pepper Chili Sauce. Return wings to the baking sheet to continue cooking for another 15 to 20 minutes or until done.
8. Place chicken wings on a large plate with celery and carrots.
9. Use the last half of the Roast Red Pepper Chili Sauce as a dip for chicken wings and vegetables.
10. Enjoy.

Roast Red Pepper Chili Sauce

Note: Add more or less spicy red chili peppers to adjust the spiciness of the sauce. This is a mild-spicy sauce

Ingredients
3 to 4 red bell peppers; cut lengthwise in half
1 to 2 spicy red chili peppers, such as Fresno or habaneros (use gloves if using habaneros)
Olive oil; as needed
Sea salt and fresh black pepper; as needed
6 garlic cloves
1/4 cup white vinegar; more or less

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Place red bell peppers (skin side up) and spicy whole chili peppers on baking sheet lined with foil for easier clean up. Place garlic cloves underneath the large bell pepper halves.
3. Roast for 20 minutes. When the smaller chili peppers’ skins start to char, remove from the oven to cool. Continue roasting the larger red bell peppers for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until their skin start to char. Let cool.
4. Using gloves, especially for the spicy chilies, gently slip off and discard the thin, charred translucent skin.
5. Place roast peppers and roast garlic cloves in a food processor or blender. Add more salt and black pepper.
6. While the peppers are pureeing, add about a 1/8-cup of olive oil and white vinegar. The amount of vinegar in your sauce is a personal taste.
7. Set sauce aside for the chicken wings and serve as a dip for vegetables.
8. Enjoy!

Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip or Dressing

Ingredients
6 oz blue cheese crumbled or cut into smaller pieces
1/4 cup unsweetened, plain Greek yogurt (more or less)
A dash of celery seed
1 garlic clove; minced
Sea salt and fresh black pepper; as needed
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup diced onion
1/8 cup olive oil; more or less

Directions
1. Place first seven ingredients in the bowl of a food processor blender. While the processor is pureeing the ingredients, slowly add olive oil. Add less olive oil if a thicker dip is desired and more to use as a salad dressing.
2. Enjoy with Roast Red Pepper Chili Pepper Buffalo Wings or as a salad dressing.

Baked Buffalo Wings marinated in Beer and served with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip


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