I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and that 2019 is off to a fantastic start. The holidays went by way to fast for me and I did not get to enjoy them as I wanted. I am ready to make some pretty big life changes for the new year and of my biggest focuses for 2019 is to cook more at home. I love to cook and 2018 was so busy with attending media events, restaurant openings, and work that I found myself eating out more than eating in and it left me feeling a tad depressed. Cooking has always been a stress relief for me and I am ready to get back in the kitchen.
Enter Butcher’s Mark
Looking back, of the highlights of 2018 was being introduced to Butcher’s Mark in Sarasota. If you are not familiar, Butcher’s Mark is a meat lover’s mecca. I have been three times since November and am quite obsessed. With an incredible selection of meat, poultry, pork, local products, and more, their marinades are at the top of my list. Let me fill you in. They start with their handcrafted, secret recipes and their Flavor Masters then use a proprietary technique that guarantees no ounce of flavor from their marinades has any chance of escaping. Trust me on this, you will never experience flavor like the marinades from Butcher’s Mark. Have you ever marinated something and found that the flavor didn’t quite sink in? Or have you ever had chicken wings and found that the inside meat is bland compared the the skin tossed in sauce? Well I have and it can be quite frustrating. The marinated meats that I have tried from Butcher’s Mark have far exceeded my expectations. While I have many fun recipes to share, today I will be sharing chicken wings, as they are perfect for any occasion. With Gasparilla and the Super Bowl coming up, many are planning their event menus. Trust me on this, if you include anything from Butcher’s Mark, your guests will be begging you for the recipe.
Before I get into my recipe, I wanted to share some of their meats and marinades.
When you walk inside, be ready to get captivated by the scents and gorgeous cuts of meats.
You will find in next to impossible not to want to take home everything.
Of course I had to take a few things home, including wings. I chose Pub House, (which is a non-herby Italian dressing specifically crafted for chicken and consists of a combination of salt, onion, garlic, whole mustard seed and spices) and Kickin’ Buffalo (crafted with the right mixture of Franks Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce®, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, natural butter and cream flavor, red pepper flake, onion powder, paprika, turmeric and celery). Needless to say, they both knocked my socks off.
So, I have to share a failure with all of you. The day that planned on grilling my wings turned out to be extremely bad weather with heavy rains. Since my grill is large, I had to come up with a different plan. I decided to use my small fryer, which I was using for making arancini (fried Italian rice balls), and let’s just say I burned my precious wings. Yes folks, I burned the s&^t out of them. I felt like Julia from the movie Julie and Julia when she is preparing Beef Bourguignon, falls asleep while it is in the oven and burns it. I cried. I really did. I was going to have to take another 60 mile drive to get more. It wasn’t the drive, it was timing. I wanted to share my recipe for holiday parties and the night my wings burned was my only free night on my oh-so-crazy calendar. Like anything else in life, I took a deep breath, learned from my mistake and decided to move on. I was able to get more wings the following week and decided to go with baking them and finishing them on the grill for a healthy alternative. I guess this was god’s way of telling me to try to eat more healthy!
As I placed my wings on a baking sheet, I was intoxicated by the scent. I knew these wings were going to be special and could not wait to share them with friends. As I mentioned before, I tried two different marinades, Kickin’ Buffalo and Pub House. I baked them at 400 for about 35 minutes and them lightly grilled them to finish them off. I served them with blue cheese and celery, but truth me told, there is no need for a dressing. These wings were so flavorful that I was literally licking my fingers.
They exceeded my expectations and everyone loved them. I only wish I had purchased more, as they were gone in about ten minutes. These wings will definitely be making an appearance for my Super Bowl Party. I am planning on going back this weekend to experiment with some other items and share my recipes with you all. Santa also brought me a combo air fryer/toaster oven and it needs to be tested with some more wings.
Have you ever air-fried wings? I would love to hear your feedback. I am new to the whole air-fryer craze and can’t wait to use mine.
Be sure to check back for my slider recipe this weekend featuring Butcher’s Mark.