Sunday, January 5, 2014

Homemade hot sauce wings with homegrown celery

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Garden Corner Recipe: Homemade hot sauce wings & celery
Hot peppers
It is super easy to make your own hot sauce.  I just take the peppers we like, slice them up, and completely cover with organic apple cider vinegar.  We really like garlic so we add 10 cloves to the peppers.  Let sit in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks.  Put the peppers, garlic and vinegar into the food processor and process until smooth.  You now have your own hot sauce!

Homemade hot sauce
In a pot, combine 1 cup of hot sauce, ¼ cup Worcestershire  sauce, ¼ cup butter, and 2 tablespoons bacon grease.  If you like a thick sauce, you can combine 1 tablespoon of corn starch to ¼ cup of cool water, whisk until smooth, and add to the hot sauce mixture.  Continue to simmer for 5 minutes for the sauce to thicken.

Add the grilled chicken wings to the sauce and let simmer 2 minutes on each side.  They are ready to serve!
Celery on the left is still perky in the green house

Celery is still green in the garden this time of year.  So, I cut celery to serve with the wings.  Our celery has lived for 4 years so it is a plant once and keep on harvesting crop.

You can also bring dig up the celery you had in the garden, replant in a pot and keep in the garage for the winter, harvesting when you need it.  You can either replant back in to the garden or leave in the pot.   I have celery in both a pot and in the ground.  It does great in either.

For the ranch dressing, use the herbs from your garden.  Just mix equal amounts of buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream (half cup each).  Then add parsley, dill, garlic, onion (half teas), salt (quarter teas), and pepper (eighth teas) to taste.  If the mayonnaise is too overpowering, I substitute yogurt. 

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