Monday, January 5, 2015

#AD Game-Day Hot Wings Bar...Featuring Diablo Ranch and Cranberry Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces #GameTimeHero #CollectiveBias

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It's no big secret that we're huge football fans at Casa Garcia...we never miss a big game! I also love to serve a variety of tasty snacks for us to munch on while we cheer on our favorite team. However, I like to keep my game-day menu as stress-free as possible -- I don't want to miss a big play because I'm in the kitchen cooking. Thanks to my convenient neighborhood Walmart Deli, I was able to purchase a Pick 3 Bucket of pre-cooked Tyson deli wings for an easy and fun game-day hot wings bar. I selected three different flavors: the sweet and spicy Boneless General Tso's, crispy Bone-in Hot Wings, and traditional Buffalo Wing flavors. All I had to do was take the ready-to-serve wings home and set them out for everyone to enjoy! Earlier in the day, I had prepared a duo of tasty dipping sauces to pair with our wings: spicy Diablo Ranch and tangy Cranberry Honey Mustard. Making the sauces ahead saved me lots of time and stress. All I had to do before kickoff was pour some sodas and open a couple of bags of chips -- and we were ready to watch some exciting playoff football.
Our team didn't make the playoffs this year, but we certainly enjoyed our game-day wing bar while watching all of the Wild Card playoff action! Let me show you how simple my duo of flavorful dipping sauces is to prepare -- and how I used brightly colored decor to create a festive mood. You'll be ready to throw a game-day hot wing fiesta of your own in time for the next big game. Because the Pick 3 Bucket has convenient inserts that keep each flavor of wings separate, you can simply serve the warm wings directly from the bucket -- no need to dirty a serving platter! 
I had originally planned to include a third Asian-inspired dipping sauce, but the boneless General Tso's wings were so delicious and saucy on their own that I decided to focus on the other two sauces instead. The Diablo Ranch dipping sauce takes ordinary ranch to spicy new levels of flavor, and the Cranberry Honey Mustard is tart and tangy. Even better? Both sauces are ready to serve in less than 15 minutes!

Diablo Ranch Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup prepared ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup medium chunky salsa
  • 1 tbs. taco seasoning mix
  • 1 tbs. dried cilantro
Combine the ranch dressing and chunky salsa in a bowl. Add the taco seasoning and cilantro. Stir well, until all the ingredients are completely incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cranberry Honey Mustard:
  • 3/4 cup canned jellied cranberry sauce
  • 2 tbs. grainy brown mustard
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 1 tbs. parsley
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
Add the cranberry sauce, mustard, and honey to a bowl. Use a whisk to thoroughly combine the honey and mustard with the cranberry sauce. Add the parsley and curry powder and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Both of these dipping sauces feature robust flavors that pair very nicely with the spiciness of the hot wings -- the flavors enhance each other without overpowering. My favorite combos were the Diablo Ranch on the Spicy Hot Wings...and the Cranberry Honey Mustard with the Buffalo Wings. Tip: be sure to include plenty of festive napkins and wet wipes so everyone is able to keep their hands clean -- that'll save you lots of time and stress on your post-game cleanup!! Now that you've seen how I paired these deli hot wings with dipping sauces...tell me what sauce YOU like to dip your hot wings in.

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