Tom Douglass's Hot-Pepper Wings With Cilantro Sour Cream

Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 20 mins

From the Dahlia restaurant in Seattle this recipe was published by Esquire Magazine under the heading of "Recipes for Men". Esquire Magazine says...."People joke about men in the kitchen. "Danger: Men Cooking" aprons, stuff like that. It's time to make those people choke on their own underestimations." These wings are really easy but make an impressive presentation and are delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. To make wings: Whisk all ingredients except wings together in a large bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade for basting and sauce.
  2. Add wings to bowl with marinade, cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight. Turn occasionally to make sure wings are thoroughly marinated.
  3. Caution: Never use a "raw" marinade -- any marinade that has had raw meat in it -- to finish a dish. That's why we set some aside in this recipe.
  4. Grill method: Remove wings and discard marinade. Grill wings over medium-low coals, turning often, until wings cook through, about 15 minutes. You want the wings to cook slowly so they cook thoroughly before the glaze burns.
  5. While grilling, heat reserved marinade in saucepan and baste wings a few times while cooking. Cut into one of the wings to make sure no pink remains near the bone and remove.
  6. Broiler method: Remove wings and discard marinade. Put wings in a broiler pan under a preheated broiler, 4 inches from heat source, and broil about 10 minutes per side. (If your broiler has a low setting, use that, otherwise watch carefully so the glaze doesn't burn.) Heat reserved marinade in saucepan and baste wings a few times while cooking. Cut into one of the wings to make sure there is no pink remaining near the bone and remove.
  7. To make cilantro sour cream: In a small bowl, mix first three ingredients together. Salt and pepper to taste. Yields 1/2 cup.
  8. To serve: Top wings with 1 tsp of warm reserved marinade. Don't use more than a drizzle, though -- it's really strong. Serve whatever is left on the side for heat lovers. Serve with cilantro sour cream.
  9. Tom Douglas is chef and owner of five Seattle restaurants, including Etta's and the Dahlia Lounge, and is the author of Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen.

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