Monday, March 30, 2015

Spicy Drunken Duck Wings

     Shaoxing Wine Drunken Duck Wings!
     Shaoxing Wine is one of the world's greatest classic wines.  A good Shaoxing wine can easily rival a fine sherry.  This wine is made from specially fermented red rice and grain malt.  Nearly all Chinese "drunken style" recipes require Shaoxing Wine.  As any gourmand knows, sherry is not an acceptable substitute for good Shaoxing Wine because the difference in flavor can be noticed. 

     Chicken wings used to sell for pennies per pound many years ago, because they were just scrap meat.  After the Buffalo Wing craze began, chicken wings have dramatically risen in price.  During the 2013 holiday season, I noticed that chicken wings were selling for $11 per package of about 15 wings.  This is a ridiculously high price!  
     Another thing that I noticed over the holidays was that very few viewers were looking at the chicken wing recipes in this food website around New Years Eve and the Superbowl.  In years past, my chicken wing recipes got hammered by tons of viewers who were looking for chicken wing recipe ideas.  When the price of chicken wings go sky high, nobody purchases wings and nobody seeks chicken wing recipes.  Ce est la vie.

     While shopping in Chinatown Las Vegas, I was happy to see that duck wings were selling for almost half the price of chicken wings.  Birds of a feather flock together, so duck wings are a nice alternative choice!  
     It has been a while since I have written a duck wings recipe and drunken duck wings certainly seemed like a good idea.  Duck wings are not as tender as chicken wings, because ducks use their wing muscles quite a bit.  Duck wings cannot simply be deep fried like chicken wings or they will be so tough, that eating them would be an unpleasant experience.  
     It is best to "go the whole nine yards" when preparing duck wings for a drunken duck wing appetizer.  Marinating, slow roasting till tender and then preparing the duck wings drunken style is the best cooking method.  The extra steps are well worth the effort, because drunken duck wings really taste nice and they will be tender! 

     *This entire recipe yields 1 large appetizer portion that can be shared by 2 guests!

     Roasted Marinated Duck Wings Preparation:
     A marinade does not have to drown the item that it marinates!  All a marinade needs to do is coat the food item.  When a small amount of marinade is used, it is necessary to occasionally toss the duck wings with the marinade.
     Step 1:  Place 3 tablespoons of thin soy sauce in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar.
     Add 1/4 cup of water.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of rice vinegar.
     Add 1 pinch of Chinese chile powder.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Sir the marinade.
     Step 2:  Cut the wing tips off of 10 to 12 duck wings.  (Save the wing tips for making broth for another recipe.)
     Cut through the wing joint on each duck wing to separate the wing from the drumette.
     Place the duck wings in the marinade and toss the wings with the marinade. 
     Marinate the duck wings in a refrigeratore for 2 hours.  Toss the wings with the marinade occasionally.
     Step 2:  Drain the marinade off of the duck wings.
     Place the wing in the roasting pan that is brushed with vegetable oil.  
     Slowly roast the duck wings in a 300ºF oven, till they are fully cooked and lightly browned.  (Be sure to toss the duck wings in the pan occasionally, so they do not stick to the pan.)
     Allow the duck wings to cool to room temperature and set them aside.

     Spicy Drunken Duck Wings:
     This recipe starts like a stir fry and is cooked quickly, so be sure to prepare the ingredients ahead of time.
     Step 1:  Heat a mini wok pan or sauté pan over medium heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Add these aromatic vegetables:
     - 2 cloves of chopped garlic
     - 2 tablespoons of diced carrot
     - 1 tablespoon of diced celery
     - 2 tablespoons of diced onion
     - 1 teaspoon of minced shallot
     Briefly stir fry the vegetables for a few seconds, till the garlic is aromatic.
     Step 2:  Add 1 cup of Shaoxing wine.
     Add 3/4 cup of chicken broth or light vegetable broth. 
     Add 1 to 3 pinches of crushed dried red pepper.  (To taste.)
     Add 1 pinch of Chinese chile powder.
     Add 1 pinch of Chinese five spice powder.
     Add 1 teaspoon of coarsely ground Szechuan Pepper.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground galangal powder.  (Blue Ginger Root Powder)
     Add 1 tablespoon of thin soy sauce.  (Thin soy sauce is a cooking soy sauce that is not concentrated and it is not salty.)
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of hoisin sauce.
     Add 3 drops of pure sesame oil.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Step 3:  Bring the liquid to a gentle boil.
     Add just enough cornstarch and cold water slurry to thicken the sauce to a thin sauce consistency that can glaze a spoon.
     Step 4:  Add the reserved roasted marinated duck wings.
     Reduce the temperature to low heat.
     Simmer till the duck wings are hot and the sauce clings to the duck wings.
     Step 5:  Add 2 tablespoons of thin sliced green onion.
     Toss the ingredients together.
     Step 6:  Mound the Spicy Drunken Duck Wings on an oval appetizer platter.
     No garnish is necessary!

     The aroma of the hot Shaoxing Wine Drunken Sauce really awakens the senses!  This is a nice tasting duck wing appetizer! 

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