Asian Chicken Wings with Sesame

chicken wings

4lbs buffalo-style chicken wings
3T hoisin sauce
¼C sesame oil
2t garlic powder
2T brown sugar
2T raw honey
¼C sweet vermouth
¼C light soy sauce

Preheat oven to 425 F with a large, flat, Teflon coated pan (not aluminum) to heat up. The hot pan will help to sear wings before they cook.

Rinse meat thoroughly and dry with a paper towel.

In a large bowl, combine chicken with hoisin sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder, brown sugar, raw honey, sweet vermouth and light soy sauce and toss until chicken is covered.

chicken wings

Remove pan from oven and place the wings on pan and spread apart so they are not touching.  They should all fit on one pan, so that they have room to cook and carmelize in the pan.

Cook for 30 mins, then remove from oven and turn the wings over and replace in the oven for another 15 minutes.

chicken wings

Serve warm.  You can also make them ahead and reheat when they need to be served.



Caramelized Eggplant Caponata

2 medium white eggplant (you can also use Japanese eggplant)
1 leek
1 Spanish onion
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp red hot pepper sauce
1 C sweet vermouth
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 pint roasted cherry tomatoes (cut in half, season with salt, cook for 1 hour at 200 F)
1/2 C marinated green pitted olives
2 tbsp caramelized peppers ( I used jarred peppers)

Dice the eggplant into small pieces and place in a strainer. Sprinkle the eggplant with salt and place a heavy dish on top of the eggplant to weigh it down. This will help to remove some of the liquid from the eggplant.

Thinly slice the leek (only the white and light green part) and onion. Leeks need to be soaked in a bowl of water to remove any sand or dirt that may be between the layers of the leek.

In a preheated, cast iron pan, saute the leek and onion with 2 tbsp of olive oil over high heat. After 1 minute, reduce the heat and add a pinch of salt.

Once the onion and leek start to caramelized, add the pepper sauce and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Deglaze with 1/2 C of sweet vermouth, let the liquid cook out a bit, then remove from heat and place the leeks and onions in a separate bowl.

Add the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil back into the pan and add the eggplant and cook over medium-high heat. Add garlic powder, roasted cherry tomatoes, olives, and leek and onion mixture. Deglaze with remaining sweet vermouth and reduce heat to low, until liquid evaporates.

This dish is great to serve with toast and crackers, like pita chips or to be used as a topping.