Football fever is heating up, and your grill should be, too! It’s time to start planning your menu for the big game on Sunday, February 2. The most popular ‘game day’ food in America has to be classic chicken wings. There’s something about this simple cut of poultry that satisfies our grumbling bellies and fidgety fingers on game day.
It’s estimated that on Super Bowl Sunday this year, more than 100 million pounds of wings will be consumed. That’s a whole lot of sticky fingers reaching for remotes! In the days leading up to the game, Americans head out in droves to purchase millions and millions of these humble poultry cuts. And that seasonal boost will continue growing.
The popular pairing of meaty snacks with meaty athletes started decades ago in sports bars. Watching sport for an extended period of time means that there’s a demand for cheap snacks. What’s better than chicken wings?
Chicken has a subtle flavor, so it is well-complimented by strong spices, such as basil, rosemary, ginger, pepper and cinnamon. It pairs especially well with ingredients like mayonnaise, sour cream, chili peppers, garlic and butter. So it makes sense to tumble the wings in a hot butter and sauce mixture and serve them with a creamy dressing. Yum . . . winning poultry fare!
P.S. If you don’t want the hassle of seasoning them yourself, you’ll find a delicious selection of pre-marinated wings at The Butcher’s Market in Charlotte, North Carolina!