Spicy Apricot Wings

I will never understand the appeal of American football.

While shopping for a dimmer switch at Home Depot, a man approached me and asked, “How ‘bout them Steelers?”

Without missing a beat I responded, “I’m sorry. I don’t follow baseball teams well enough to know.” His expression shifted from startled to beet red angry in a matter of seconds. He turned around in a huff, the name “Rothsenberg” and the number “7” clearly printed across the back of his shirt, and walked away.

I later learned the man had a legitimate reason for getting upset. The Steelers is not a baseball team at all. They play football. And, at the time, I had not lived in Pittsburgh long enough to understand the sheer magnitude of loyalty this city has for the team. So my naivety was perceived as a personal insult. Oops.

There’s only one reason why I watch the Super Bowl. Not for the commercials. Not for the half-time show. It’s for the food! There’s no better excuse than Super Bowl Sunday for diving into heaping bowls of guacamole dip, pulled pork sandwiches stacked in a pyramid, a helmet full of cheese puffs and these spicy sticky wings. All washed down with a can of ice-cold beer.

Spicy Apricot Wings
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Recipe Type: Appetizers
Serves: 4-6 people
  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 Tbl. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbl. light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbl. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbl. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground powdered ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Remove the wing tip and separate the drummettes into two pieces. In a large bowl, toss the wing pieces in olive oil. Evenly space the chicken pieces on the baking sheet, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown. Turn halfway to ensure even browning.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook the sauce over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  5. Brush the sauce over the cooked wings, coating both sides. Baked for an additional 1-2 minutes. Repeat. Serve immediately.
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