Sticky Red Wine Glazed Wings are the perfect combo of sweet and savory finger food, especially when served with fruity chardonnay Sangria.
Hello everyone, how are you guys doing? I personally can’t complain, at least not after I indulged in some sticky red wine glazed wings and some delicious and flavorful sangria.
Probably just like you, and the rest of the country, our weekends are about football. The funny thing is that you don’t even need to love football to actually be part of this movement. My husband and his best friend are big fans, they watch every game and are very involved in all the news related to the Big Game.
On the other hand, me and my friend are more invested into the food. Don’t get me wrong, I pray for my beloved Boston team to win, but hey, we are actually more into the wine and the finger food especially into red wine glazed wings and fruity sangria.
Today, I want to share with you a few steps on how to throw a stress free Big Game Party, with delicious and easy to make recipes. Men and women will both be all over this yumminess.
First, here is a cocktail that I highly recommend, its a refreshing and sweet Sangria made with Woodbridge Chardonnay. This is by far the best Sangria I have ever had. The secret to make it so good are the frozen wine and melon mini popsicles. You see those cute ivory shapes? Thats chardonnay plus melon, blended and frozen, adding this to your drink doesn’t make it watery, but it actually adds more flavor while it melts. Isn’t that amazing?!
They are incredibly easy to make, and I like that this is something you can do days before the party. They will just wait for you patiently in the freezer. Another secret to a great sangria? Well, obviously good wine, the Woodbridge Chardonnay is perfect in this drink. Also, a very important component are good fruits. I went for an interesting and more sophisticated combo of lady apples, persimmon and cactus pear. These are all actually available at your local grocery store, minus the lady apples, I got those from a farmer’s market, they are so tiny, sweet and charming.
The persimmon and the chardonnay is such a nice combo, and I loved the cactus pear, first it adds a beautiful pop of color, that purple is just gorgeous. The pear itself tastes very mild, just a little sweet, but its sponge like texture absorbs the liquid and it tastes divine. The apples add a nice crunchy and more sweetness, while the mini melon popsicles keep the drink cold and refreshing.
- A few days before the party make a list with the people that are coming over.
- Make a menu: Cold Appetizers, Hot Finger Food and Cocktails.
- List the ingredients that you will need and check you pantry for what is missing.
- Make a shopping list and make sure you get the ingredients a few days before the party, so you are not running around and get yourself all stressed out.
- Choose an easy cocktail to serve, that is not expensive to make and that also comes together in minutes. The Sangria that I just showed you can be made a few hours in advance and stored in the fridge.
- Serve raw veggies with you choice of a dip: hummus, ranch etc there is no prep time for this one, except washing the veggies.
- Make a list of the decorations that you want to use, I recommend football whirls, Game Day napkins, football straws and paper plates. Game Day paper plates are both festive and convenient, since you wont have to clean any dirty dishes, you can just relax after the party is over.
- Choose to prepare some hot finger food, that is easy to make and won’t require much effort, I recommend these sticky red wine glazed wings that taste fancy and are a breeze to make.
You need to buy some good chicken wings for this dish as they are the star, and you need good wine, as thats what you will be covering them into. The Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon worked so well in this recipe, the glaze is made with just a few ingredients: wine, sugar, molasses and tomatoes, a few minutes by the stove and you are about to impress your guests.
- 1 bottle Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay, chilled
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup vodka
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 medium Fuyu persimmons, sliced or cubed
- 2 ripe cactus pears, peeled, cut in half and cubed
- 10 lady apples, sliced
- 1 bottle (1 liter/4 cups) club soda, chilled
- 1 cup melon, cubed
- Add 1 cup of cubed melon and ½ cup wine to a blender and blend on low for a few seconds until combined. Pour the mixture into an ice tray and transfer to the freezer for 4-5 hours.
- In a pitcher mix orange juice, sugar and vodka until sugar is dissolved, pour half of the mixture into another pitcher.
- Divide fruits and wine evenly between pitchers. Refrigerate until serving.
- Just before serving, pour half of club soda into each pitcher and stir gently to combine. Serve immediately over melon mini popsicles.
- 2 - 3lb chicken wings (drumettes and wingettes)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoon hot sauce of choice
- 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- Wine Glaze:
- 1¼ cups Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tomato, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
- Fresh thyme
- Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl or in a ziplock bag, add the wings, shake and coat well with the mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to a large baking pan, shake excess marinade off wings (don't discard) and place them in the baking pan, not overlapping.
- Pour ½ of the marinade over the wings after 15 minutes of baking, pour the rest of the marinade after 30 minutes of baking. At this moment wings can be turned on the other side, for uniform baking and to avoid sticking to the pan.
- Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, meat must come off the bone fairly easily and the wings should have a dark golden color.
- While the wings are baking start on the red wine sticky glaze, it will take you 20-30 minutes to make it.
- Add all the ingredients to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil on low heat until the glaze is thick and syrupy, about 20-25 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let the glaze rest for 10 minutes.
- Remove wings from oven, place on a serving plate and pour the red wine sticky glaze over them. Let it stand for 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve.