Baked Garlic Parmesan Wings

Game day is right around the corner and everyone and their momma is having a party. If you aren’t having a party, you are most certainly attending one. It’s always a struggle deciding what to bring to a social gathering. Do you go he boring (but acceptable) route and grab a bag of chips? Or do you get creative and bring something that’ll have the party buzzing? It’s gotten to the point where I can’t show up anywhere with anything store bought so that leaves me with one option. Get creative! My absolutely favorite thing to do.

Creative does not have to be difficult! There’s tons of party foods that need all day to prepare but there’s also a load that you can make in less than an hour. Over the weekend I bought a pack of wings because they were on sale but didn’t want to fry them. My tiny apartment fills with the smell of frying oil in no time so I knew I didn’t want to go that route. I figured I’d bake them and clean while they were in the oven but the big question was flavor. What flavor was I craving? That’s always the toughest question. I did a quick rummage through the kitchen and realized I had a surplus of already peeled garlic and half of a fresh Parmesan wedge. BINGO.

I preheated the oven to 375 first to get it nice and hot while I prepared my wings. I had to cut my wings at the joins to separate the drumsticks from the wings but all you need for that is a nice sharp knife and it’s one, two, three. I foiled my baking sheet and set a baking rack on top so that my wings could get evenly crispy.

Mix the following in a large bowl

  • 2 lbs of wings (already cut apart)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp each of salt, pepper and onion powder

Place evenly on your baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Take your tray out and drain any liquid on the bottom of the pan. (If your wings are juicy, there will indeed be lots of juice!) pop it back in the oven and bake an additional 15 minutes. If you want extra crispy wings, broil for 5 minutes.

Throw all of the wings into a big mixing boil and set aside while you prepare your sauce.

Now for the sauce!

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced

Over medium high heat, add your butter and oil until the butter is melted. Once melted, add your garlic and cook 3-4 minutes to get rid of the harsh garlic flavor. Add your cheese and turn off the heat. Give everything a good mix then add your parsley.

Toss your sauce in the large bowl with the wings until they are all evenly coated. Put on your serving tray, sprinkle with extra cheese and serve!

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