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Appetizers

Wed Jan 8, 2014

Garlic and Parmesan Chicken Wings

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Parmesan Garlic Wings

January tends to me one of my favorite grilling months as my attention turns towards recipe that would make one damn tasty Super Bowl party. As much as I love barbecue, I find apps (AKA: appetizers) like potato skins, jalapeno poppers, and nachos even more irresistible. In honor of this, I've decided to dedicate all of my January recipes to my favorite of all the party foods—wings! I already have a healthy collection of recipes for wings here that span the standard Buffalo to spicy Cajun to sweet Hoisin to Jamaican Jerk. Still, I don't think I could ever stop variating on these crown jewels of finger foods and have so many more tasty incarnations to share, like these garlic and parmesan wings.

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Tue Dec 24, 2013

Grilled Crab and Fontina Stuffed Mushrooms

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Crab and Fontina

I know Christmas hasn't even passed yet, but I'm already looking ahead to New Years. While my attention at Christmas wanders to grand mains that command a presence at the center of the table, New Years is all about the finger foods. Keeping up the excess and richness of the season, I like to go a little bigger in scope on New Years than my everyday wings or peppers—although there's always room for those as well. When considering a stuffed mushroom that might be suitable for the celebration, the standard cheese and breadcrumb mixture didn't seem take things far enough. So I went in search for some inspiration and came across these crab and Fontina stuffed mushrooms and thought they were the answer I was looking for, so I gave the recipe a try.

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Tue Sep 10, 2013

Hoisin Glazed Chicken Wings

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Hoisin Glazed Wings

I'm a bit obsessed with with cooking with fire. I should be pretty content having four grills and two smokers now, but there's a gap in my coal cooking that I long for—a pizza oven. I've always told the wife that if we ever own our own house, I'm building a true brick oven out back, which translates to another reason to put off home ownership to her. So it should come as no surprise that I've followed the development of the KettlePizza pretty closely, and it seemed as if this grill to pizza oven conversion kit had finally reached a point where it may placate my need for an additional cooker. I was so thrilled to receive it the mail unexpectedly as a gift from two close friends recently and I'm taking it on an inaugural run this weekend. While I'm busy prepping doughs and condiments throughout the week, I'm also considering other accompaniments for this forthcoming pizza party, and where there's pizza, there's often wings.

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Tue Aug 20, 2013

Spicy Grilled Watermelon

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Spicy Grilled Watermelon

When it comes to developing grilling recipes, it's only best of the lot that have been tested and proven that make their way up here. A lot of thought goes into selecting and creating each recipe, picking things I think all you Meatwavers would like and then ensuring they'll turn out just as tasty for you as they did for me. Still, even with a good sense what will work and what won't, there are some duds, and then others that are a bit confounding, like this spicy grilled watermelon.

On paper it all sounds great—grilled watermelon with a cayenne lime sauce to contrast against the sweetness—but in practice the dish garnered a diverse response from those who weren't feeling it to others who found it quite tasty. Without total buy-in, I wondered if it's even worth sharing, but I think there's value in this type of recipe that might not find universal love, but could serve as a source of inspiration to make it better.

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Tue Jul 23, 2013

Cajun Chicken Wings

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Cajun Wings

Ok Meatwavers, you're going to have to bear with me for a couple more weeks as I obsess over my upcoming competition. The categories for the grilling portion are so vague—appetizer, two chef choices, and dessert—that they seem designed to drive you mad with self doubt. I was pretty confident that I had the first one down by choosing the best appetizer there is, chicken wings, but now I'm finding myself lost within that decision. My inclination would be to do my barbecue wings, which awarded me a first place last year, but at the same time didn't fare as well in another comp. Now I'm wondering if that first time was just a fluke, are my wings may not be not as great as I think they are. Maybe I should trade the standard barbecue flavors in for something more exciting, like these Cajun chicken wings?

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