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Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dressing

Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dressing
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 1 hour | Serves 4

Classic mayonnaise

  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • Salt to taste

Step 1Whisk together the egg yolks, vinegar and mustard in a medium bowl until pale in color. Add the oil drop by drop, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken.

Step 2Continue whisking in the oil more steadily now, until all the oil is incorporated. Important note: If the mixture begins to break, you can add a few drops of water to bring it back together. Season with salt to taste. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use; keeps for two days. Makes 3 1/3 cups.

Step 3Food processor method: Combine the egg yolks, vinegar and mustard in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 30 seconds, then very slowly drizzle the oil a few drops at a time. After pouring in half a cup, drizzle the remaining oil in a thin stream. Season with salt to taste.

Blue cheese dressing

  • 1 cup classic mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Maytag blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Step 1In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, blue cheese, sour cream, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, vinegar, buttermilk, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Wings and assembly

  • 8 cups canola oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings, tips cut off and discarded, wings cut into two at the joint (to make about 16 pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons Frank's RedHot Sauce
  • 4 stalks celery, cut into sticks
  • Blue cheese dressing

Step 1Heat the oil in a deep, heavy (5- to 6-quart) pot until it reaches 375 degrees. Fry the wings, in batches, until golden, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Step 2Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the vinegar and hot sauce and stir until blended.

Step 3When all the wings are cooked, place the wings in a large bowl, pour the sauce over and toss to coat. Serve warm, with the blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

Note: Adapted from a recipe by Teressa Bellissimo, of the Anchor Bar and Restaurant in Buffalo, N.Y. You can adjust the heat of the sauce by increasing -- or decreasing -- the proportion of hot sauce to melted butter.


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