Monday is usually the day I outline a few amazing things you can do cooking with simple basic ingredients from your food storage of happiness. Today isn't an exception. I visited my parent's house in Utah and we had a wing "throw down" that was intense! My Brother in law's wings will be tomorrow...But today we'll be using some of the fresh stuff from my family's garden and some of the goodies we have tucked away to make this magnificent dinner o-glory and love. Yeah baby! It's a totally amazing twist on the normal hot wings we have and my gosh...I love how the crunchy smoky crusting melts into the tender savory Asian lime and ginger rubbed wings. It's a flavor fusion that even the kid liked! The kicker was the sweet kiss of honey and the heat of the chile...incredible!
Couple that amazing Saigon wing symphony with this Peanut and Plum Asian slaw and you will just start dancing in your kitchen. It's got savory fresh fennel, lemon basil, green onion, cabbage, crunchy dehydrated puffed carrots and peanuts with a perfect balance of sweet from freeze dried pineapple, fresh plums and homemade peach jam. It's then finished with a nice coconut milk, lime and sesame dressing...Are you ready for this?
Let's start with the wings.
You will need:
2 lbs chicken wings, skins removed if possible
Wayzata Bay Saigon Seasoning
Chef Tess Wise Woman of the East Spice Blend
2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
You will also need a Large sheet pan and a metal oven proof rack that fits the pan.
Wayzata Bay Saigon Seasoning is available at Honeyville Farms stores. I fell instantly in love with it!
However...these two together proved to be a brilliant match for flavor.
Sprinkle generous amounts of the Saigon seasoning on the chicken and lightly dust with my seasoning. Place on an metal rack on top of a sheet pan (with sides to catch the drippings). I bake my wings and I find this method helps keep them really crisp.
Drizzle the seasoned wings with honey...
Sprinkle with sesame oil. Sesame oil adds a bit of a smoky flavor...so you don't want to substitute here. It will totally change the flavor. In fact, when you taste a smoky hint in Chinese food...this is usually the magic ingredient. Mmmm. Sesameeeee.
Look at those babies! I'm seriously drooling. I shouldn't drool this long after making them but honey...they were so good!
Sprinkle with smoked paprika if desired.
Then take a few teaspoons of coconut and use the honey as glue to hold the coconut to the wings.
Bake 400 degrees 35-40 minutes until cooked through and crispy. We made the salad while they baked. It worked out perfectly.
Now for the magical dancing slaw of happiness...
Peanut Plum Asian Slaw
3 fresh plums
1 small fennel bulb, sliced fine
1 cup roasted peanuts, chopped rough
3/4 cup Honeyville Dehydrated Carrots
1 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Pineapple
1/3 cup lime juice and zest of one lime
1/3 cup Lucero Crushed Mandarin Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2/3 cup soy sauce
2 T Sesame Oil
1/3 cup peach jam (we used homemade)
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup chopped cilantro and 1/4 cup chopped lemon basil
1/2 bunch green onion
1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed
We pulled some green onions and jalepeno and some herb-age.
Dad had some gorgeous fennel bulbs going strong. They are perfect thinly sliced in an Asian slaw...and I couldn't stop myself from ripping this bad-boy-bulb out of the earth. Loooook at it. It's like a bulb-acious-babe. Wow. I just coked my head to the side like on Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and said, "Bulb-acious-babe." Now...how odd is that? Don't answer. For Pete's sake...I'm totally aware of how odd I am.
Oh...and a moment of silence for home grown lemon basil of happiness. It made my heart sing. Ya know, like Elvis singing Now or Never...but to a plant. "Oh lemon basil...you are the queeeeen. Kiss me my darlin'. Be mine tonight!" Resist the urge to put this between your teeth and do the fandango across your kitchen floor...or not.
So...thinly slice the cabbage. Thin...because nothing ruins a slaw more than surfboard size cabbage planks. Yikes.
You can add the jalapeno to the salad dressing or to the salad. It's your choice.
Look...Isn't it pretty already?
Bwahaha! Now add the plums...
and the peanuts...
Now...the Freeze Dried Pineapple you can do one of two ways. You can re-hydrate the pineapple separate in a bowl with hot water...or you can do what I do.
Mix into the salad. Very technical-wizard-like...but I think you can do it.
Serve with the wings....and pass out too.