buffalo wings

 i have a confession to make.
i am from buffalo and i have never made buffalo wings.
my hometown's namesake.
the greatest debate of so many western new yorkers?

i'm an anchor bar girl myself.
but then i went and used this.

 my fellow buffaloians are screeching in disaproval right about now.
because anchor bar has it's own sauce.
but when you decide to make buffalo wings at 4:30 p.m.
on superbowl sunday
for the superbowl at 6:30 p.m.
you can't exactly get the anchor bar sauce.
ah, if only i could teleport.
then i would have gotten this variety pack:

but alas, i used frank's.
and honestly, franks sauce made some pretty darn good buffalo wings..
i'll return to the mother land this spring, bring your pitchforks!

but on sunday, i forged ahead, putting my imminent death out of mind.

and found a secret ingredient that added just that right amount of tang

are you totally sick of me going on about the merits of greek yogurt?
well, i'm not! i love this stuff!
and it coated the wings very nicely before a flour dusting gave it the perfect crispy fried exterior.

faster than fast, these came together

so fast that i got one decent picture before the scarfing commenced.
served up with extra cold and crunchy celery and creamy blue cheese.

oh and we watched the superbowl too. sort of.
i mean the black-eyed peas were so lame.
is it me or were they the "IT" band like 4 years ago?
i liked the vw commericals the best. specifically this one.
oh and the game was entertaining, well at least the last quarter.

Recipe:  Buffalo Wings

2 lbs chicken wings
3 tbsp butter
2/3 cup wing sauce
1 cup flour
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2-3 tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup canola oil

-preheat oven to 250
-break apart chicken into drumsticks and wings, 2lbs gave me about 24 pieces
-mix flour, salt and pepper in bowl one
-mix greek yogurt and water in bowl two
-melt butter on stove top, remove from heat, mix in wing sauce
-heat canola oil in a large deep pot for about 5 minutes till hot
-dip each wings or drumstick into the greek yogurt mix and then the flour coating, shake off excess
-gently place wings and drumsticks into hot oil
-let cook about 3-4 minutes per side, or until desired crispiness
-place wings in oven to keep warm till finished frying off all 24
-toss with wing and butter sauce
-best served with crispy celery sticks and creamy blue cheese dressing


  1. Jess, Frank's Red Hot is the key ingredient in the Anchor Bar recipe (at least the one they used IN the restaurant in the 80's and 90's). The sauce recipe is actually pretty simple:

    1 part BBQ sauce (Kraft Original is what they used to use back then)
    2 parts Franks Red Hot
    2 sticks of butter
    Salt, pepper, other seasonings if you wish

    Heat BBQ sauce in a saucepan over LOW heat. Add butter. Stir continuously until butter is completely melted and mixed with the BBQ sauce.

    Add Frank's Red Hot. Stir until well mixed. Heat for another 5 minutes or so.

    Remove from heat and allow to cool.

    The interesting thing about this sauce is, the cooler it gets temperature wise, the HOTTER the sauce. Add tobasco for even more heat. And if you're REALLY after HOT HOT HOT, mince some habanero peppers and put them in while the BBQ sauce is heating up. The more you use, the hotter the sauce.

    You just can't get good Buffalo wings here in Atlanta, so I had some fraternity brothers who worked the kitchen at Anchor bar back in the day send me the recipe. Funny enough, this is almost the exact same recipe that PJ Bottoms used to use for thier wings too. Now if only I could get my hands on Duff's super super hot sauce recipe, I'd be set!

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipe's you share with us!

  2. thank YOU so much for sharing this recipe mark, it sounds delicious! i have a bbq sauce addiction problem and the addition of franks might make push it over the edge. can't wait to try it out, maybe on some tofu later this week.

  3. Frank's is the only way to go in Buffalo! I've never made wings before either-the boys usually just order some from Duff's!

  4. my brother is starting to get into duffs too kristina, he says they're super hot! i'll have to try them next time i'm home.


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