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At a glance, "Pizza Wings" sounds ridiculous and it is, but that shouldn't stop you from making them anyway. We came up with this recipe one afternoon while talking about some pizza flavored snacks we'd recently tried. Eventually, we started talking about what exactly makes something pizza flavored and decided that the quintessential "pizza" flavor needed to taste like tomato, parmesan cheese, pepperoni, and ideally some Italian herbs as well. From there, we eventually decided that we would make pizza flavored wings, and that our very own James Nelson of Masterchef Season 4 would narrate the recipe himself. Go Straight to the Recipe
We start with the raw chicken wings patted completely dry and well coated with Herbs de Provence. Even though some of the dried herbs will inevitably fall off during the frying process by applying a heavy coating, enough will remain on the wings to flavor them.
While your wings are frying (it will take about 10 minutes) you can take your pepperoni of choice (pre-sliced is fine but we prefer the more coarse chunks of a pepperoni sausage we chopped ourselves) and and render out the fat in a skillet. You don't need to add any oil to the pepperoni as it has plenty of fat on its own. You want to cook these until they have just started to crisp, then remove the pepperoni but leave all the rendered fat. That's what's going to flavor the wing sauce.
Hot wings are a very popular way of cooking with hot sauce, and Bravado Spice's Serrano & Basil Hot Sauce was a natural pairing for this recipe. Serrano & Basil is already an Italian inspired hot sauce and provides the tomato flavors, some basil, and the necessary heat so that these can still be called hot wings. This plus the rendered pepperoni oil and the grated parmesan cheese at the end are going to be what really drive home that pizza flavor. The butter serves mostly as a vehicle to make sure the sauce sticks to the wings but also because butter with garlic is ALWAYS delicious.
If you're just cooking for one or two, this is a bit of a decadent recipe, but one worth treating yourself to now and again. If you're cooking for a crowd, your pizza wings will pretty much be the only thing everyone talks about all night.
Using a paper towel pat down the wings until they are completely dry then season with the salt, pepper, and Herbes de Provence.
Heat the oil in a pot until 350° F and fry the wings about 9-11 minutes until completely cooked through and crispy. Drain on a rack.
In a sauce pan, cooke the pepperonis until they are slightly crispy, and have rendered out most of their oils. Remove and set aside.
Melt the butter in oil, and then add the garlic. Cook about 90 seconds until the garlic has just begun to cook, then add the Bravado Spice Serrano & Basil Hot Sauce.
Mix well, and then add half the cooked pepperonis, and fried wings. Coat the wings well with the sauce, then garnish with the remaining pepperonis and fresh shaved parmesan.