If you go to any bar or restaurant and look at the appetizer menu, you will find an array of hot wings that will be calling your taste buds. They are a staple in American party foods, whether it’s in an eating competition or just enjoying them over a beer. As good as wings are the sides are generally pretty dull. You will usually find your wings with a blue cheese sauce next to a celery and carrot sticks – not very exciting. Here are three ideas to spice up your wings pending on your spice meter.
Spicing up the Traditional
When it comes to wings you’re never going to take away from the wings, but putting a slight spin on the traditional blue cheese, celery and carrot sticks would be a nice touch. Try mixing a teaspoon of cilantro, ½ a teaspoon of pepper, 6 oz. of Gorgonzola blue cheese with a ½ cup of sour cream and a ½ cup of buttermilk. This will bring your sauce just a little kick. Then to kick up your celery and carrots you can chop equal parts of each and then add equal part of jicama root, and top it off with sour cream to make a nice refreshing slaw.
A Salad for Spice
If your wings aren’t quite hot enough and you need to burn all of your taste buds, you can kick up your sides to plus the heat on your wings. One option would be to make a sweet-hot relish salad. It’s relatively easy to make and it will really add a kick to your dish. Chop and mix a cucumber with your favorite pepper, garlic cloves, two medium carrots and one red onion. Soak your vegetables in 2 teaspoons of fresh dill, 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds, ¼ cup of sugar, 1 ½ cups of vinegar. Another option would be to use half vinegar and half vodka. Before you serve drain your vegetables and prepare to feel the heat.
A Side that Soothes
If you love wings but can’t stand the heat, you don’t have to get out of the kitchen you just have to make a side that soothes the burn. As a simple fix you can try crackers with cream cheese and a mango salsa spread. Just mix 2 parts cream cheese to 1 part salsa. If you want to make a more formal side you can try making jasmine rice or cooked couscous to soothe.
If you’re serving hot wings at home stay away from celery and carrots. Try to add a little flavor to your dish, with the right variety you can either spice it up or add relief for those who want it.
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How to make buffalo wing sauce
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