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Honey, Lime and Cilantro Wings

Amy- It’s game day folks! I can honestly say that I don’t care one thing about the football game. I only care about all of the yummy appetizers at the Super Bowl Party. I feel like it is a must to have some good wings at a Super Bowl Party. I love me some wings of all kinds but I especially love these honey, lime and cilantro wings. These are some of the best wings that I have ever flopped my lips over and I have flopped a lip over a many of wings. All of these flavors are absolutely delicious together. You will surely score a touchdown with these wings at your Super Bowl party.
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Honey, Lime and Cilantro Wings
Round up-

4 lbs chicken wings, fresh not frozen
Marinade-
3 limes (juiced)
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro
½ tablespoon Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
For the sauce-
½ cup honey
1 stick butter
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Zest from 2 limes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper
Arugula or salad greens
Cherry tomatoes and additional cilantro (for garnish)

Do this-
Make your marinade by dumping all of the things that you needed in a Ziploc bag. Mush it around making sure everything is mixed up really good. Add your clean wings to the bag and give it a shake or two. Pop in fridge for several hours and let the marinade do its magic. Turn the bag over ever so often to make sure all of the wings are soaking up the marinade. Time to drill- Daddy always calls it drilling instead of grilling. Not sure why, but he does. Get you some good tunes on and an adult beverage or soda and let’s get the show on the road. Stack you about 3 ½ pounds of charcoal in a pyramid on one side of the grill. Since I almost caught myself on fire and have a hard time figuring out how much fluid to use, I did some research to find out how much lighter fluid you are suppose to use. According to the lighter fluid bottle (who knew there were directions on the back), you are supposed to use 1.6 ounces of fluid per 1 pound of charcoal. So, add you 5.6 ounces of fluid and fire it up dude. Let your charcoal burn for about 15 minutes. Spread charcoal on that one side of the grill and let it burn for another 5 minutes. Put your wings on the other side of the grill (not directly on the fire) and shut the grill for about 35 minutes. Don’t be lifting it to take you a look at the wings. Leave the grill closed; you want all of the heat to stay inside the grill. Now head inside and make your wing sauce by putting all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and heating it until butter and honey have come together as one. Use about ½ of the sauce to baste and put the rest to the side. Now, your 35 minutes are up and you can open the grill. Baste wings using a basting brush, flip the wings and baste the other side. Don’t be shy with the basting sauce. Close the lid and grill for an additional 35 minutes or until wings are done. Once the wings are done I like to baste them again and move them to the fire side of the grill. The basting sauce will drip down on the fire and cause the charcoal to spark up. I like to get the skin charred a little bit. Take your wings off and toss with the remaining sauce (that you put to the side). Serve on a bed of arugula or salad greens and garnish with cherry tomatoes and fresh cilantro. I like to use arugula because the peppery flavor from the arugula works so well with the honey and lime sauce but you can use whatever you like or have. The heat from the wings will wilt the greens and make them so darn yummy.

Gumbo and Beignets for our Mighty Tigers!

Jambalaya, crawfish pie, filet gumbo.
Cos tonight I gon’ t’ see ma cher amio.
Pick gitar, fill fruit jar, and b’ gayo.
Sunamagun, gon’ ha’ big fun on de bayo.
 
 
Good Morning grocery lovers and Tiger Fans! We are getting geared up for a BIG game Monday and I can not wait!  I will be cooking up The Sisters Gumbo and Beignets in honor of our mighty tigers! I am so excited I can hardly stand it! Geaux Tigers!!!!

We love our Gumbo anytime of the year but especially during the football season watching the Tigers play. It is a tradition to cook Gumbo on Saturdays, we put our mumbo jumbo in our Gumbo so our Tigers can play strong! We like a chicken and sausage gumbo.

Gumbo has been a traditional Cajun food for generations. In its basic form, gumbo is a soup that is made from a strong stock, various meats (shrimp, chicken, crawfish, sausage, and many others), a thickener (either okra, only roux, or file’ powder), and various vegetables such as celery, bell peppers, and onions. Regardless of how you prepare a gumbo, it should always be served with rice. While gumbo can be eaten at any time (we do), many people enjoy it during cold weather.

 No matter what you throw into gumbo, it’s just good!

A ROUX, used as a thickening agent, is achieved by cooking flour and a fat (butter, vegetable oil, or even olive oil) together over high heat. The rich nuttiness of the roux intensifies with cooking, which also affects its color. A roux is used in various recipes; different colors are desired for different dishes. Some use a peanut butter colored roux, while others strive for an almost black roux. We like a black roux, the darker the better. Our MaMa Hazel makes the best roux and Gumbo!

Ingredients

1 (3 pound) whole chicken

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 large green bell pepper, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

1 pound andouille or smoked sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (such as Slap Ya Mama), or to taste

2 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves

½ cup chopped green onions

2 whole bay leaves

1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes

salt and black pepper to taste

Louisiana Hot Sauce

White Rice

Directions

Fill a large pot partially with salted water, and place the chicken in the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook the chicken until the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 1 hour. Remove the chicken from the broth, and crack open the carcass to allow the chicken to cool. Reserve the chicken broth. After the chicken has cooled enough to handle, pick the meat from the bones, and set aside.

While the chicken is simmering, make a roux by whisking together the flour and vegetable oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook and stir the mixture, watching constantly to avoid burning, until the roux is a rich chocolate brown color, 20 to 30 minutes.

As soon as the roux has reached the desired color, stir in the onions, bell peppers, celery, Cajun seasoning, and bay leaves, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Pour in the reserved chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and sausage, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened, about 1 hour.

Return the meat to the gumbo and stir in the green onions, parsley, bring back to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally until the flavors have blended, 30 to 40 minutes.

Spoon rice into the bottom of deep bowls or large cups and ladle the gumbo on top. Serve, passing hot sauce on the side.

White Rice:

2 cups long-grain white rice

4 cups water or chicken stock

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the rice, water, salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit, covered and undisturbed, for 5 minutes.

Uncover and fluff the rice with a fork.

Beignets

What you need:

1 cup of water

1 cup of milk

1 egg, beaten

3 cups of flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoon of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond flavoring

Oil for frying

Confectioners Sugar

What to do:

Mix water, milk, egg. vanilla; add flour, baking powder, salt, and 2 teaspoons of sugar and mix until smooth.

Drop by spoonfuls into 2 inches of hot oil at 375 degrees; drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

ENJOY!!!

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