UNLIKELY PARTNERS #JERK/ASIAN WINGS WITH PASTA/CORN SALAD

When Friday arrives, my culinary needs goes over the top and a bit out of the norm. Anything is possible. Didn’t feel like dining out. I craved the taste of my humble kitchen. After all, Monday to Thursday, I try my utmost best to eat with a fine balance.

Had a few wings in-house and decided to go ‘jerk’ with same. Went on to use up the packets of Chinese delivery/take-out sauces such as hot pepper/duck sauces along with a few other ingredients like honey, ketchup and soy sauce.

With that amalgamation of spices and ingredients, I was able to turn out some rather spicy, slightly sweet/tart chicken wings. It was like two nations (Jamaican/Asian) meeting culinary-wise.

JERK/ASIAN FLAVORED CHICKEN WINGS
JERK/ASIAN FLAVORED CHICKEN WINGS

To go with my jerk/Asian flavored wings, I decided to serve a shell pasta, corn, avocado and veggie salad which could be had either cold or warm. The creaminess of the salad  balanced the spicy jerk/Asian wings.

PASTA AND CORN SALAD
PASTA AND CORN SALAD

Though my supper was unique combos, they turned out to be perfect culinary partners. I was super-happy.

 

GAME DAY BITES #JERK CHICKEN WINGS #I’M GAMED!!

On this day (Super Bowl 50), while the Panthers play the Broncos, kitchens around Unites States of America will be feasting on a number of bites. One of the favorites is chicken wings. It is said that approximately 1.3 billion or 162.5 million pounds will be consumed. Now, that’s a whole ‘lotta’ wings.

I’ve decided to join in and add my few to the total. Buffalo wings are very popular; however, I’ve gone with my favorite style, Jamaican jerk wings. Yeah mon! By the way, Super Bowl is also huge on the island.

Served my spicy ‘bad boys’ with refreshing sticks of celery. I even got a bit messy and further temper my wings with the tart/sweet ketchup.

JERK CHICKEN WINGS WITH STICKS OF CELERY
JERK CHICKEN WINGS WITH STICKS OF CELERY

A serving  of roasted sweet potatoes brought a delicious contrast. These sweet delights were first cut in halves and drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with powered cinnamon and ginger. Then they were  roasted on a high of 420 degrees fahrenheit for approximately 45 minutes. They were then topped with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with cinnamon.

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES TOPPED WITH SOUR CREAM AND A SPRINKLE OF CINNAMON
ROASTED SWEET POTATOES TOPPED WITH SOUR CREAM AND A SPRINKLE OF CINNAMON

Frankly, I’m looking forward to the Half-time show and of the ads while I nibble on my ‘bites’. But, may the better team win. Go Broncos!! Go Panthers!!

 

 

 

EXTRA SPICY JERK WINGS

It was quite an extra spicy day in my kitchen. You see, I was asked to prepare and cook some chicken wings for a special occasion. Thus, I went to work feverishly. The ingredients were:

  • Chicken wings (approx. 12 lbs)
  • Onions (3 large) {minced in food processor)
  • Garlic (6 cloves) {minced in food processor)
  • Scallion (3 stalks)
  • Black pepper (sprinkle)
  • Salt (1 teaspoon per pound)
  • Paprika (sprinkle)
  • Jerk sauce (mild and hot)
  • Vinegar (a few splash)
  • Dark sugar (1 tablespoon)
  • Ketchup
  • Bell peppers (2 whole) for garnish and sauce
  • Pimento (all spice){1 table-spoon crushed]
  • Canola oil

Method:

Salt, black pepper, and paprika were used sparingly bearing in mind that jerk sauce contains a reasonable amount of sodium and other ingredients.

  1. Wings were first cut into two pieces; then were rinsed with fresh squeeze of lime.
  2. Excess water was removed by draining and drying with paper towel. A drizzle of canola oil was added for jerk sauce and other seasoning to adhere to wings.
  3. Onions, garlic and other ingredients and spices were pulsed in food processor and then added along with store-bought jars of jerk sauce (mild/hot).
  4. Wings were baked in a pre-heated 360 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes turning once.

    BAKED JERK WINGS READY FOR EXTRA SAUCE
    BAKED JERK WINGS READY FOR EXTRA SAUCE
  5. Wings were brushed with extra jerk sauce and placed under broiler for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Extra sauce was served in bell peppers.