I had planned to get several posts written up for QC today because I have been working hard on digging out all these photos.
But then…well….detour. So today, I am working hard at “researching” a video game instead. I’m hoping to find some food within that I can, uh, replicate like the WoW food posts I did. *nods* Yep, that’s what I’m doing….
So in the meantime, have a power up drink! This one’s on me. ;)
Like my post of Yor’sahj oozes, this is another boss from World of Warcraft. This is -the- boss. The Bowser or Mario games, but bigger, badder, and a whole lot hotter.
No, literally, check out that fire…
The wings were originally inspired by this t-shirt, which I think khorre sent me first, but I could be wrong. It’s been a while and I save lots of bookmarks. :P
But why stop at little puny chicken wings when Deathwing is HUGE? For the non-gamers, huge as in, one of the fights fits 25+ people on a tiny section of his back.
And since I can’t buy my own dragon to replicate this or even an ostrich, I had to go with the next best thing. Turkey wings!
I know nobody wants to see raw meat and I’m sure it’s listed in some rulebook of what you can and can’t put on food blogs, but you’re going to get the pictures anyway.
And on a note that I’m sure some of you could’ve lived without knowing/seeing (I’m looking at you, Mom), I did discover something about Canadian poultry. They do -not- tend to pluck and de-feather them nearly as well as I’m used to.
Even after cleaning and removing what I could see, once I floured the wings, I found even more. I’m thinking I should’ve sent them to the salon first.
Big wings meant I needed something a bit bigger than Clifford to stand in for boss. Fortunately, I had a screeching superhero monkey who was willing to take on the role. He even let me remove his pink cape before posing with the dead bird.
And if you’re just here for the wings, this is the gorgeous color they end up before going into the oven.
The cooked variety, of course, is a bit less orange…..
But still just as Deathwing Monkey worthy.
Don’t think I left out my handy dandy guildie stand-ins either:
Nom, nom, nom!
Yes, I washed them after….
Here’s the recipe I used for the wings, too, although on a smaller scale and obviously with two large wings instead of 20 mini-chicken ones:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 20 chicken wings
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and crispy on the outside, about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.
It’s worth nothing that I used about twice as much hot sauce as called for, and I basted them twice with it so they were coated more. They still weren’t quite as hot as I wanted, but delicious, no doubt. I served them with mashed potatoes instead of a standard bleu cheese or ranch dip, too. Insert some pun here about “smashing” the boss. ;)