Thursday, January 5, 2012

Week 16 and 17: Buffalo Wings, Beef on Weck and Mini Cheesecakes

There was no post last week due to the Holiday.  Dan and I had family Holiday celebrations in Burlington Vermont, Worcester Massachusetts and Nashua New Hampshire over the course of a 2 day period.  I could have taken the time to make food for Football Sunday, but ask yourself, are the Dolphins really worth it? 


The Patriots won despite my lack of food and their lack of first half motivation.  Although, I am not sure that topping Miami by 3 points counts as “winning” in my book. It’s more like, “not losing.”  The Pats went down 17-0 in the first half but then scored on their next 5 possessions to win 24-27 and clinch the Playoff Bye.  Brady went 27 for 46 and consequently had to run in two separate 1 yard TD’s since he couldn’t seem to throw the ball. 

Before our Holiday driving schedule was set in stone the plan had been to make Cuban Sandwiches for the game.  I did not get around to it, but for those of you who crave multiple forms of pork at once, here is a link to one of my fave Cuban Recipes.

The Patriots started their game against the Bills in the same awful manner that they had started the Miami game.  The Pats went  down 21-0 with 48 seconds to go in the first quarter.  Luckily for Patriots Nation - I was on my game this week.  BJGE scored the first Pats TD in the second quarter at exactly the same moment that I started bringing out platters of food.  Coincidence?  I think not.  

Brady went 23 for 35 and spread the ball around with BJGE, Hernandez and Gronkowski all earning TD’s.  The Patriots ended up winning 21 to 49 and clinching the #1 Seed for the fourth time.  One of the best throws of the entire game belongs to Hoyer for his game ending 22 yard pass to Gronkowski which earned Gronk the Single Season TE Receiving Record.  

I hope you will all take the time to write to David Daniels over at regarding his whiny article calling Belichick “classless” for allowing his players the chance to break records.  Maybe Daniels went to one of those schools where everyone gets a trophy just for participating.  Here a link to help you out:

We started with platters of Baked Buffalo Wings, Crackers, Cheese, Veggies and a homemade Dill Dip.  

Baked Buffalo Wings

¾ Cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon Cayenne
½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
½ teaspoon Salt
20 Chicken Wings
½ Cup melted Butter
½ Cup Hot Pepper Sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)

1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Mix the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt in a large ziploc bag and mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3. Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and crispy on the outside, about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly

Next we had the famous Buffalo Sandwich, Beef on Weck.  I gotta say, it’s not my favorite.  I am not sure why they are even famous for it.  It’s just a Roast Beef sandwich with Horseradish and Caraway Seeds.  

Beef on Weck

¼ Cup Coarse Salt
¼ Cup whole Caraway Seeds
¾ teaspoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoon Warm Water
¼ Cup Boiling Water
12 Kaiser Rolls
5 Lbs. Rump Roast
2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons fresh cracked Black Pepper
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Carrot, finely chopped
1 Piece of Celery, finely chopped
2 Cups Beef Stock
1 Cup extra hot Horseradish

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the salt and caraway seeds in a small bowl. Dissolve cornstarch in warm water. Put cornstarch mixture a small saucepan, then stir in the boiling water. Return the mixture to a boil and cook, stirring over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until it is thick enough to coat a spoon. Remove from the heat and let cool. Place rolls in a baking sheet. Brush the top of each roll with cornstarch mixture, and then sprinkle rolls with salt and caraway seeds. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are dry. Makes 12 buns.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rub meat with garlic, salt and black pepper. Place chopped vegetables in a roasting pan. Place meat on rack in pan. Roast until internal temperature reaches 122 degrees, about 1 hour. Set meat aside. Deglaze pan with beef stock, remove grease and fat that floats to the top, and then simmer stock on stove top for 10 minutes. Strain out vegetables and reserve au jus. Slice beef thin, and then dip into it the au jus, and pile high on kummelweck buns. Slather with horseradish.

We finished the meal with Mini NY Cheesecakes, YUM!

Mini Cheesecakes

½ Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 Tablespoon White Sugar
1 Tablespoon Butter, melted
1 Pkg Cream Cheese, softened (8 ounces)
1 Tablespoon Sour Cream
⅓ Cup White Sugar
1 teaspoon Grated Lemon Zest
1 ½ teaspoons Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg

1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease 6 muffin cups.  
2. Mix together Graham Crackers, 1 Tablespoon Sugar and Butter.  Press into the bottom of the muffin cups. Bake 10 minutes.
3. Cream together Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Zest and Vanilla.  Add Egg.
4. Pour evenly into cups and bake 25 minutes.
5. Cool and chill until ready to serve.

Happy Cooking!

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