THUNDER BAY – There are wings and then there are WINGS. Get Super Bowl ready with supersized wings fit for a Giant (or a Giants’ fan). Korean Turkey Wings are great on the grill, or cooked in the oven.
It’s an easy recipe that you can start marinating a day (or two) in advance for maximum flavour.
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced 1
1 medium onion, sliced 1
2 pieces (1 inch/2.5 cm) gingerroot, sliced 2
6 cloves garlic, smashed 6
15 black peppercorns 15
2 cups soy sauce 500 mL
1 cup brown sugar 250 mL
1/2 cup sake* 125 mL
1/2 cup Mirin* (Japanese cooking wine) 125 mL
3 lbs Ontario turkey drummettes and wings 1.5 kg
In saucepan, combine apple, onion, ginger, garlic, peppercorns, soy sauce, brown sugar, sake and mirin; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until marinade is reduced by about half, about 45 minutes. Let cool.
Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours and up to one day; strain marinade through a fine sieve and discard the remains. You can keep the unused marinade refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
In re-sealable plastic bag, combine turkey pieces with 1 cup (250 mL) of the marinade. Reserve remaining marinade. Seal bag and turn to completely coat turkey. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 48 hours, turning occasionally.
Grill turkey pieces over medium heat for 30 minutes, turning often. Transfer turkey pieces to indirect heat, for another 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring reserved marinade to boil over medium high heat and let reduce until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Use marinade to baste turkey during the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Tip: The turkey can also be baked in a 350 F (180 C) oven, turning and basting occasionally, for about 60 minutes.
*You can substitute the sake for an equal amount of dry sherry and the mirin with a sweet white wine.
Nutritional Information:Per serving: 691.4 calories, 54.7 g protein, 52.4 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g dietary fibre, 5882.5 mg sodium, 28.1 g fat, 6.5 g polyunsaturated fatty acids, 7.5 g saturated fatty acids, 158.9 mg cholesterol