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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kobe Kiwi Wings with Japanese Relish - Outdoor Wednesday



I know I should look at them and think, "All things bright and beautiful. All things great and small." I've really, really tried, but they look like buzzards and I'm simultaneously trying to figure out how they got here and how I can get rid of them. Did you know they can fly? Years ago a wall street broker, long since gone to his just reward, was sure that "...in a high wind even a turkey can fly." He was spot on, about bad stocks and the other turkeys. They can fly at 55 miles an hour for short distances. These new members of our wildlife menagerie, probably escapees from a nearby raptor center, started me thinking about birds and winged creatures that cannot, for one reason or another, fly. Some years ago I developed a crock-pot recipe for chicken wings and my over stimulated sense of the absurd decided to call them kiwi wings because the donor chickens could no longer fly. I'll tell you more about the wings below. The turkeys, by the way, are fine.




This very simple recipe was developed to provide an alternative to standard, albeit delicious, hot wings. These wings are cooked in a two step process that utilizes the broiler and a slow cooker. While they lack the extreme heat of the more familiar version, they are hot and decidedly Asian in their flavor. The broiler is used to give the wings color. If you don't mind beige wings this step can be bypassed. The finished wings are sprinkled with an Asian relish patterned after one that comes from Kobe, Japan. The wings will have more flavor if allowed to marinate before cooking. Your preparation time will be about 20 minutes and the wings can be on the table, start to finish, in three hours. While these were developed to be served as an appetizer, when served with rice, they make a wonderful light meal. Here's the recipe.


Kobe Kiwi Wings with Japanese Relish
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
4 pounds chicken wings
1/2 cup Japanese (shottsuru) or Thai (nam pla) fish sauce
1 cup Asian sweet chili sauce (i.e. Mae Ploy)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Relish
1/4 cup minced scallions (white and tender green)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon finely minced parsley
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (optional)

Directions:

1) Cut wings into pieces at joints; discard wing tips or reserve for stock.
2) To make marinade, place fish sauce, chili sauce, lime juice, chili garlic sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch in a small (1-quart) bowl. Whisk to combine.
3) Place wing pieces and marinade in a 1-gallon resealable storage bag. Seal and shake to coat all pieces with marinade. Refrigerate for 2 to 8 hours.
4) Preheat oven broiler. Coat insert of a large (6-quart) slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
5) Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Reserve marinade. Transfer chicken to rack of a large broiler pan. Broil about 6 inches from heat for 5 minutes per side.
6) Meanwhile, pour marinade into a medium (2-quart) saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for about 10 minutes to thicken mixture.
7) Dip chicken pieces into thickened marinade. When coated, transfer to slow cooker. Pour remaining marinade over chicken, cover, and cook on HIGH for 2 hours.
8) Just before serving, combine scallions, ginger and parsley in a small bowl. Toss to combine.
9) Transfer wings to a serving platter. Sprinkle with relish and sea salt (if using). Serve hot. Yield: 10 appetizer servings.

This recipe is being linked to:

Outdoor Wednesday, an event sponsored by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

Crock-Pot Wednesday an event sponsored by Deb at Dining with Debbie.

61 comments :

Alicia said...

Mmmmmmmmmm, Mary! Those wings look delish! I love the pictures of your turkeys and how you tied them all together for Outdoor Wednesday! I will have to try those this holiday season. Thanks for sharing and please come by and read about my unwanted guests from Mother Nature and see how I got rid of them.
Take care!

Alicia said...

Oh, I forgot to mention. I love your masthead picture, the fork with the salad, veggies. My mouth waters every time I visit!

luna miranda said...

i didn't know turkeys can fly---thanks for sharing. your wings look delish!

My Little Space said...

I can imagine how it was taste like! So, aromatic and the picture looks so yummy.

bj said...

O, these look and sound so delicious. We eat hot wings out here in West Texas like nobody's business. Just love them.
Thanks for sharing this recipe...I hope to give it a try. I love cooking in my crock pot.
xo bj

claudie said...

Thank goodness those aren't turkey legs... but our Thanksgiving is just around the corner... Canadian one. It seems that is one holiday that we do not share the same day... weird. anyway Mary, thanks for the yummy recipe yet again.
Happy OW
Love Claudie
xo

A Year on the Grill said...

I love chicken wings, and I like asian inspired wings over those hot wings you get at most bars, These look terrific, gotta try this recipe. Thanks, great post as usual

Carol said...

The wings look delicious. I have gotten so many wonderful recipes from your blog - now I just have to start cooking!

Carol

Hootin' Anni said...

buzzards indeed....but, not quite as ugly. LOL

I read your blog title in my reader this morning and just HAD to stop by to see what Japanese Relish was. And the photo? My goodness this looks mouth watering.

Kammy said...

Mmmmmm sounds good, Mary ! I like your turkey shot !
Kammy

susan said...

Mary-My husband is an outdoorsman and turkey hunting is his favorite--he will take care of those for you. Aren't their legs really long?? My family loves wings-all kinds (except turkey :) Thanks, as always!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

We have seen a lot (and I mean a lot) of wild turkeys this year here in the mountains. And they sure can fly if you scare them. They make a big whoosing sound as they take off and act a bit annoyed that they have to leave.

Your wings look wonderful. I have fish sauce on my shelf and forget to use it sometimes. It adds so much to recipes.
Sam

darnold23 said...

I love the title and the post! Your food always looks absolutely beautiful and delicious. Being a guest at your table would be a very nice treat. Thanks so much for posting to Crock Pot Wednesday. I am anxious to give this one a try. Debbie

Puna said...

The birds look much more appetizing after they've been cooked.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Wow, these look incredible. I came by way of Dining with Debbie. So glad I did!!!!!!!!!

Allie said...

yummy!! The wings look amazing I love all your flavors!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I like that you spoke about how to get rid of the birds and then cooked some bird ;-)

This relish sounds like a refreshing change to the usual buffalo wings. Great combination of flavors.

Cathy said...

Yum, I do like chicken wings, probably because they hold so much sauce in relation to the amount of meat. I'm a Mae Ploy fan and know I would love this sauce. Can't wait to try this one, Mary.

jsprik said...

mmm mmmm good!! great blog btw!! found you over at debbie's!! :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

The wings look yummy.

Alyssa said...

I have to admit I might find it a bit scary to have a turkey flying by. You'd think they'd be rather ungainly in the air, and they're so big! The Kobe Kiwi Wings are going into my 'try soon' file. I'm amassing one full of Asian flavors, and these look delicious.

Gaby said...

wow Mary!! Those wings looks so delicious - its only 8:42am right here and I could eat those right now!

Megan said...

Mary, those look so tasty. I could eat them for breakfast! I quess they would be perfect anytime an long as you have a whole platefull. ;)

Joy Winner-or-Whiner said...

I can usually see the beauty in all things too. But this time I am with you and give up trying. lol

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

That reminds me of WKRP from 20 years ago, when they did the turkey giveaway.. by dropping them out of a plane. "God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"
These wings look so tasty. I was born in Kobe (but am not Japanese)
Great idea to use the crock pot.

Riet said...

Those wings look delicious. Great recipe
Have a nice day

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Mary, I don't use my crock pot enough and this is a dish that may make me take if off the shelf! I like spicy wings and this recipe sounds perfect!

I saw wild turkeys while I was in South Dakota on vacation ..they were not as pleasingly plump as your visitors!

LV said...

I have heard that turkey's could fly, but never saw one. I trust you find a way to get rid of them, They look kinda think for Thanksgiving.I appreciate you taking time to visit today.

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Mary, those wings look scrumptious!

We have a family of turkeys (8 in all) living in our neighborhood. I understand their diet changes every few months, and summer is their vegetation season. Unfortunately, they grazed on our zucchini plants all summer.

Jane

Terry said...

Oh Mary, what a cute post. It brought back memories of me counting 60 or more turkeys on our property. You are right, they do look like buzzards.

Great wing recipe!!

daylily777 said...

I sometimes spot a lone wild turkey,but I've never had a flock. Great Pics.;~)
The chicken wings look delicious!
~Myrna

Baba's Special Babies said...

Hi Mary, the poor turkey's don't know what holiday is coming up !!
I really do not like chicken wings cooked this way, I like good old fried chicken wings..

Thanks for your visit to my place today..hugs, Baba

Katy ~ said...

We have wild turkeys in our back yard. The cats stalk them until they see how big they really are!

Those wings look wonderful!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Great picture of your turkeys! My parents have a flock of wild turkeys (15 – 20) that invade them in Maine every year. They can be quite amusing to watch and definitely have a hierarchy.

Thanks for sharing!

~ Tracy

figtree said...

Those wings would be gone in minutes in my house! Looks delish!Figtreeapps

Karen said...

We were watching the Outdoor Channel last night and sure 'nuff, there were a couple turkeys in the tree. I asked DH "How'd they get up there??" He said "They flew up there." Haha... I didn't know they could fly!! Learn something new every day, don't we? ;)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

h-m-m-m h-m-m-m-m those sure look good Mary ! I wished I lived in your house so I could eat all of your good stuff.

JLS Hall (Joysweb) said...

Oooh, ugly birds! But those wings look great! I really should try this one - my hubby loves hot wings and this sounds like a nice variation.

Brenda said...

That recipe looks so yummy! I'm fixing a Hawaiian chicken dish for supper.
Brenda

Maria said...

I love that relish!

cherry said...

This looks yummy ! love the Turkey's NOT !! lol..hugs, Cherry

Mary said...

Maria, the relish is really delicious. I hope you'll be able to try it.

LDH said...

Just a note to say how much I enjoy your posts. I have been visiting for just a few weeks now but have already tried a couple recipes (the Bavarian Potato Soup was the last one we enjoyed)

Thank you for stopping by my place for Outdoor Wednesday and leaving your comment.

Kindly, ldh

Pam said...

Hi Mary,
I never know whats cooking in the pot when I visit Mary... but this certainly is a funny, informative and yummy post.
Thanks for it all, Pam :)

Valerie said...

Mary - Thanks for leaving a comment on my page. It's nice to know when someone visits. Glad to hear my part of the world is not the only one that is still green!

Your blog is very pleasing to the eye ( and it looks like the tummy too.)

the ungourmet said...

I love wings! I like mine to be cooked well though. I can't take it if the skin isn't crispy. These look like they are cooked to perfection! I love the relish on top!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

They look delicious! We have wild turkeys in our yard and nearby all the time! I find them quite amusing! Cindy

Jeanne Selep said...

We've had turkeys running around here, flying up and roosting on the 2nd story roofs and making noise. The neighbors boys used to have the chore of trying to shoo the turkeys away by throwing tennis balls at the turkeys when they roosted on our neighbors house... Life in the suburbs. National bird? I'm glad Ben Franklin did not get his way on that vote. There would be no dignity in trying to scare away the national bird with tennis balls...

Kate said...

I love the turkeys! That was fun. The wings look delicious!

SmilingSally said...

I never knew that turkeys could fly. You are so informative!

teresa said...

They are very vulturish arent' they? I don't think I would like them hanging around too much either. Wings sound good!

Becky K. said...

We saw many turkeys during our trip to the mountains this year. At one point there was a tree full of them.

The wings look great!! My family would eat those right up.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

noble pig said...

Those sound so good. And turkeys scare the heck out of me.

girlichef said...

I can't help it...I love turkeys!! I get excited everytime I see some :D Your wings sound finger-lickin' good!

Pam said...

The sauce sounds fantastic - I know my wing loving husband would really enjoy theses.

Jane said...

Yes, turkeys can fly! I once came home to 11 on the peak of my roof.
Do they avoid your hose? My aunt had one in her back yard who thought the hose was snake...

Your recipe looks luscious! We'll have to try it this weekend.
Thanks for sharing it...
Jane (artfully graced)

Donna Marie said...

Mary,

Those Turkeys look scary!!!! (LOL)

Oh and your recipe looks insanely good! :) Geez.. every time I come to visit, you make me hungry!!!! :)

Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!!! Thanks for the visit! :)

xoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

Debinhawaii said...

Great little wings--love the combo of flavors!

Jean Stockdale said...

Your dish looks fabulous! You are quite the cook.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my pictures of New Orleans. We enjoyed our little day trip there. I traveled with my husband on business and we stayed in the area an extra day to do some site-seeing there. It is lovely and it was good to see the city was intact (in most areas) after coming back from the brink of disaster. Some areas are still badly scarred and my heart hurt to see vacant lots where homes and buildings were demolished, but for the most part the city has survived. Blessings.

storyteller said...

Oh my ... I've had Kobe Beef but never thought of cooking 'wings' this way. You are the most amazing cook and I enjoy my delicious (non caloric) virtual visits to your kitchen. Thanks for visiting Sacred Ruminations and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Hugs and blessings,

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