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Labor Day Wingfest: Sweet and Savory Vermont Wings

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There is really no better way to celebrate Labor Day and the end of Summer than munching on some great food while chugging some ice cold beer on a warm day. Though you can celebrate this holiday with the usual picnic-like fare and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, it is much more memorable when you are munching on chicken wings. True, you can nibble on the usual and boring Buffalo Wings -- or you can be different and enjoy these treats with gusto, flair and downright deliciousness.

Vermont Wings are perfectly prepared chicken wings with a sweet and savory taste that will have your lips flapping faster than a politician pimping for votes. When making these wings you are going to want to use real maple syrup and not that fake flavored corn syrup usually referred to as "pancake syrup." This is important as you want the true flavor of the maple to blend with the other flavors.

This is a very simple recipe to prepare and as you will note, we use no preservatives, no processed ingredients (also known as poison) -- just pure and natural ingredients so... eat up!

Ingredients needed to make Vermont Wings (makes 12 wings):

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. chili oil
  • 1 Tbs. minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 chicken wings
  • 2 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds

Steps:

  1. Place all the ingredients, except the chicken wings and sesame seeds into a large bowl and whisk until well blended.
  2. Add the chicken wings, toss to coat, cover and chill at least 2 hours.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on a baking pan.
  5. Place in the oven and bake 25 minutes, basting (brushing) with the marinade a few times.
  6. Remove the wings to a serving platter, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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