Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rosie Makes Chicken Lollipops. #1

 Middle Hawthorne is at home these days
and my meals are changing a bit
to satisfy his appetites.

For example, he loves fried chicken.
I would never willingly end up with a plate of fried chicken.

Now, I'll tell you two more of my dirty little secrets.
I do not like apple pie or hot dogs.

And yes, before you blurt it out,
there is something wrong with me.

 I found chicken wings for $1.98/pound.
This will suit my purposes nicely.
I can get two different chicken preparations out of a wing -
I can satisfy Middle Hawthorne's Fry Tooth with Chicken Lollipops
and I can satisfy any hot cravings with Buffalo Wings.

Let's check out the anatomy of a chicken wing.

Notice there are three sections and two joints.

First cut off the wing tip at the first joint.
The meat here is negligible,
so I freeze the tips and use them for making stock.

Cut through the second joint.
This middle piece is used for Buffalo Wings.

Take the third piece for the lollipop.
Carefully cut through the skin surrounding the bone,
sawing and rotating the bone.

Scrape down the meat from the bone.
I cut off any extra skin that I could.

Push the meat down to the other end,
pulling the meat over the fat end of the bone
so that it's inside out.

I piled the lollipops in a baking dish.

Wing tips and Buffalo Wings.

Tips went into a freezer bag for chicken stock on a rainy day.

I gave the Lollipops a bath in buttermilk and Texas Pete.
Thirty minutes or so.

Have your fry-prep station ready.
Seasoned flour mixture on the left with
1 part flour and 1 part corn starch,
freshly ground salt and pepper,
 cayenne pepper, and Hot Hungarian paprika.
Beaten eggs in the middle.
Panko bread crumbs on the right.

Dredge the pops through the flour mixture,
 shaking off excess,then roll around in eggs,
and coat with panko.

Ready for frying.

Heat oil to 325°.
I use peanut oil.

Fry 4 or 5 lollipops at a time.
Remember to never crowd the pan.

About 5 - 6 minutes.

Drain on paper towels.

Serve with a nice bleu cheese dip.

2 heaping TB mayo
2 heaping TB sour cream
1/2 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
 1 TB rice vinegar
chunk of bleu cheese, crumbled



Marilyn said...

Someone call 911. I want one of those chicken lollipops. And sadly, I found out the hard way that one cannot substitute turkey for chicken when frying.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Oh nooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Say it ain't soooo!!!!!!!!!!