What happens when you mix pepper vodka, tomato juice, and celery salt into your chicken wings? You get eHow’s insanely delicious Signature Bloody Mary Buffalo Wings. Nothing better for a Sunday morning tailgate.
And since they’re made from scratch, rather than just pouring bottled sauce over the pile, you can adjust the heat and flavor to your taste. They take a little time to put together, but trust me, they are worth the effort. (And they may help take the edge off your hangover… just sayin.)
Signature Bloody Mary Buffalo Wings
12-15 chicken wings, separated at the joints, discard tips
1 cup pepper vodka
1 cup V-8 tomato juice
1 teaspoon celery seed or celery salt
2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons kosher salt (to taste)
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/3 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup vinegar, white or rice wine
3 ounces melted butter
Stir together pepper vodka, tomato juice, minced garlic and celery seed. This works really well in a large freezer bag or a large bowl with a tight lid. Rinse wing pieces and place in bag. Marinade in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
In a bowl, mix flour and seasonings together. Add the buttermilk, a little at a time, mixing with your fingers between pours. You are trying to achieve a coating mix that is pebbly but dry. You may not want to use all of the buttermilk so don’t add it all at once. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll your chicken pieces in the buttermilk/flour. Place pieces on a wire rack or a piece of foil. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before frying.
Fill a large, heavy pot halfway with cooking oil (peanut or vegetable). Heat to 350 degrees or until a drop of water sizzles when dropped into oil. Fry chicken pieces until golden brown and mostly done – about 6 minutes. Drain on paper towel.
In large bowl, mix hot sauce, vinegar and butter. Place chicken into mix and stir until coated. Place pieces on a baking sheet and a place into hot oven for another 5 minutes, until chicken is completely done.
Serve wings with blue cheese or ranch dressing, celery sticks, carrots, French fries… anything.