monday night eats

Because the Redskins (the husband has been a diehard fan since birth…I inherited a love for the team after dating him) rarely have a Monday Night game, I decided that I was going to cook some game day eats.  Had a handful of chicken wings on hand, as well as Italian sausage so I made some Asian wings with Sausage and Peppers Sandwich.  Yeah I know the flavor combo is weird, but good food is good food.

ASIAN CRISPY CHICKEN WINGS (adapted by whiteonricecouple, modifications by me in red)

INGREDIENTS

about 2 pounds chicken wings, cut at joints.
1 cup rice flour or all purpose flour.
about 1 cup grape seed/peanut/vegetable oil for frying
2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely minced
1 cup water
2 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon fish sauce or soy sauce. We highly recommend fish sauce, if  you have it.
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 Tablespoon garlic chili sauce, tabasco sauce, or sriracha sauce. OR about 2 finely minced thai chilis. Use a little less of these if you want it more mild, or use more if you want it extra spicy!
lots of fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon cornstarch or potato starch

DIRECTIONS

Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. In bowl, add rice flour and fresh ground black pepper and add wings to coat with flour.

Fry wings on both sides till cooked through and golden brown. (I didn’t fry the wings.  I baked them on a cooling rack at 375 degrees F for 15 – 20 minutes.)

For the Sauce: In small bowl, combine cornstarch and about 1 Tablespoon of water until mixture becomes  watery, almost milky consistency. Combine well, then set aside.

In saucepan, add about 1 Tablespoon oil and fry garlic until it becomes slightly golden. Add water 1 cup of water, sugar, salt, fish sauce, chili sauce, vinegar and black pepper. Combine well and allow to slowly come to boil. Once mixture comes to a boil, turn off heat.

Slowly add about 1 Table spoon of cornstarch to the warm sauce mixture until it becomes thick enough to allow sauce to cling to wings. If the first Tablespoon was enough, then do not use the rest.

In separate bowl, add crispy chicken wings and toss with chili sauce.

Top with some sliced green onion and/or cilantro.

Serve with cold BEER. For the kids, juice and water and a little beer.

SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS SANDWICH

INGREDIENTS

1/2 onion
1/2 green pepper, sliced into strips
1/2 red pepper, sliced into strips
oregano
3 Italian Sausages (I made 3 because I used Zuppa Toscana.  If you’d liket to make more, use more bell pepper and onion)
Red pepper flakes (if you’re using mild or sweet sausages and put as much spice as you want)
Hoagie rolls

DIRECTIONS

Grill sausages for 8-12 minutes (Grill pan on stove).

When done, remove the sausages from the grill, set aside.  Place onions and bell pepper, sprinkle oregano and red pepper flakes and cook until soft.

When the veggies are done, remove from grill and set aside.  Split hoagie rolls and toast on grill.

The food was good.  The Redskins performance?  Not so much.  Maybe next week…  but then again is the year of rebuilding.

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