Friday, December 23, 2011

A Pizza Night and Hot Wings

I have been toying with the idea of a pizza night once a week.  The inspiration comes from Jenny, they do it every Friday with a movie and it seems such a fun idea for a family night. She makes her own homemade pizza dough because the girl is an expert and she shows you in this video how to make the dough from scratch but until I muster enough courage to try it I have Trader Joe's to take care of that.  Pizza is so quick and easy to make, only that in our household there's got to be more than just pizza on the table.  A soup, salad, or chicken wings are perfect additions to the meal, but also a wife should not forget to surprise the Mr. with a cold bottle of beer.

The pizza I made was with a wheat dough.  Using my clean rough hands I kneaded the dough for a little bit and shaped  it to fit my preheated 12-inch round pizza stone.  The toppings tonight were simple - store bought pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, goat cheese, and thin slices of cured Spanish meats (jamon serrano, salami, chorizo).  Cooked on the oven for 12 minutes at 475°F, the pizza came out really good.  A pizza stone does an amazing job- every house should have one.

The chicken wings also came out really good.  The original version was deep fried but husband is being a health nut so I baked it instead.  The sauce was different from the usual buffalo wings but it was different in a good way.  It's the kind that burns your mouth but you can't help but keep eating.  It's that good!

Hot Chicken Wings

2-3 lbs chicken wings
5 cloves garlic, chopped
a piece of 1.5 inch frozen peeled ginger, grated
4 tablespoons low sodium kikkoman soy sauce
2 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoon shiracha hot chili sauce (we like it HOT, adjust to your preference)
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to "broil".  

2. Prepare the sauce. In a food processor combine grated ginger, chopped garlic, soy sauce shiracha, vinegar, sesame oil, and honey; purée. Set sauce aside into a bowl.

3. Dry the chicken wings with paper towel and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Arrange wings on a single layer (without touching each other as much as possible) on the rack of a broiler pan. When the oven is very well heated about 500°F, place the broiler pan with the chicken wings inside the oven. Let it cook for about 30 minutes total turning once half way, longer if you want it a darker brown and crisper.

4. Toss chicken with the sauce.

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