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Braised Chicken Wings with Red Wine and Mushroom Sauce




The great American sports event, the Super Bowl, is just two weeks away. And this Sunday, there are two games to decide who shows up in that Super Bowl.

So, millions of you will be there on Sunday, watching, drinking and eating. Why don’t we all do this in a dignified way? I know, you want finger food that is hot, gooey, and delicious. Okay, how about an upscale wings recipe. Very upscale.

That picture of mushrooms, wonderful mushrooms, is there for a purpose. Most wings are dripping in red chili goop. These wings are served with elegance thanks to a red wine and mushroom sauce. You might even forgo the paper towels and use real napkins.

Don’t worry, that wine and mushroom sauce has been reduced down until the wings are finger-licking sticky. And, tradition holds. One of the ingredients here is red pepper flakes, so there is still some heat, and of course you can adjust that level

Best of all, you can make these wings a day ahead, then reheat before either game. The sauce is supposed to reduce dramatically so that the wings are literally glazed in delicious flavor.

Oh, as for mushrooms, just wait until the Ravens destroy the Patriots [sorry, I am a very embarrassed New York Jets fan].


Braised Wings with Red Wine and Mushroom Sauce

Yield: serves 4 as an entrée or 6-12 as an appetizer


  • 24 chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 small yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chopped brown button mushrooms
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons crush red chile flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Cut off the wing tips and save them for making stock.

Cut the wings in half though the joint. Place a deep 12-inch pan over medium-low heat. Add the butter and the onions. Cook until the onions brown, about 12 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms to the pan. Cook until the mushrooms wilt, about 6 minutes

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients [except the wings!]. Pour into the pan and bring to a low boil. Now, add the wings. Bring the liquid to a low boil, cover, turn the heat to low, and simmer until the chicken wings become very tender, about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. This can be done 24 hours prior to serving.

To serve, bring the wings and sauce to a low oil. Cook until nearly all the sauce evaporates and forms a glaze around the wings. Serve. Can be reheated and served the next day.


Source: The Great Wings Book by Hugh Carpenter and Teri Sandison


Grilled Lamb Chops with Glazed Shiitake Mushrooms


Lamb. A lovely meat, particularly when prepared the right way. My grandmother, all Scottish, would cook me lamb chops. And cook them. And keep cooking them.

Why do Scots use mint jelly with lamb? It’s to lubricate your teeth so you have a fighting chance to penetrate meat that is just a tad tough.

Supermarkets have not helped the lamb image. They have offered up less than ideal meat that, when cooked, produces the “lamby” smell that makes heads turn. The wrong way.
Suzen loves lamb, too. She cannot get her clients to consider lamb for Cooking by the Events. They just won’t do it.

So, we do. On weekends, when we cook for ourselves and our friends, we buy great lamb, we don’t overcook it, and we relish every bite. This recipe is a perfect appetizer, one that is naturally paired with a stiff cocktail — and you’ll find one of those at this blog this weekend featuring grilled peaches and bourbon.

Start with this appetizer, offer a rich risotto for the main course, and finish with a fresh fruit tart. That’s a meal to treasure.


Grilled Lamb Chops with Glazed Shitake Mushrooms

Servings: 2 to 4

Preparation Time: 45 minutes


  • ½ cup Pedro Ximenez vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 pound shitake mushrooms, stems discard and caps sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 rack of lamb spareribs (about 1 pound) cut into individual ribs


In a .small saucepan, simmer the vinegar over moderately low heat until reduced slightly to ⅓ cup, about 5 minutes.

In a large skillet, melt the butter in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat , turning once until golden, about 5 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons of the reduced vinegar and cook over low heat until the mushrooms are nicely glazed and tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Light a grill or preheat the broiler. Brush the ribs with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the ribs over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until light charred and cooked through, about 2 minutes a side. Brush the ribs with the remaining vinegar and grill, turning until nicely glazed about 1 more minute. Transfer the ribs to a platform and serve the mushroom alongside.

The total cooking time for a chops of different thicknesses are shown in the following table, with credit to Steven Raichlen.

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Sources: Food and Wine Cocktails 2012 and The Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen