October 23: Lunchbreak – Amazin’ Cajun Chicken Wings

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Susan Eriksen

Amazin’ Cajun Superbowl Wings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: about 60 minutes

Chicken wings — allow 6 wings per person
Char Crust® Amazin’ Cajun Dry Rub Seasoning — about 1/2 Tbs per 6 wings
Favorite wing sauce – about 1 Tbs per 6 wings

Preheat oven to 450. Place cooling rack (the kind you use for cookies, etc.) on top of flat sheet pan. Line with foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup. Place wings on top of cooling rack, making sure they aren’t touching each other. Spritz with mist of cooking spray. Place sheet of wings in oven, and turn oven temperature down to 350. Cook for 30 minutes. Remove sheet from oven, then liberally sprinkle wings with Char Crust® dry-rub seasoning. Let wings cool, then place in refrigerator, uncovered, overnight. Next morning, transfer wings to foil-lined bowl and wrap foil loosely over the top. 30 minutes before you want to eat the wings, transfer the foil wrapped package of wings onto medium-high grill. Unwrap foil and flatten it. Spread wings out. Cook with lid closed for about 20 minutes. Drizzle wings liberally with wing sauce, and baste to coat wings. Transfer wings to grate of grill, and cook another 2-3 minutes. To complement the spicy flavor of the wings, serve with cooling creamy-based dips such as blue cheese, ranch, or feta, and a side of crunchy veggie sticks like celery, carrots, or jicama.

Sizzling Char-Crusted Burgers
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: about 20 minutes

Ground chuck — allow 6 oz per person
Char Crust® Dry Rub Seasoning of your choice — about 1/2 Tbs per burger

Preheat your choice of cooking appliance: Broiler, George Foreman Grill, Stovetop Grill Pan, or Outdoor Grill.

Form hamburger patties: Cup your hands and gently form the ground meat into a ball (Do not overwork the meat). Then smashing the ball between your palms until it is about 3/4 inch thick. Using fingertips or back of spoon, make indentation in the top of the burger, about 2” in diameter. Cover all surfaces of the burgers with Char Crust® Dry Rub Seasoning of your choice. Sear burgers until desired doneness. Use meat thermometer for safety. Remember, even well-done burgers will stay juicy with Char Crust® .

Burger Options

Use other proteins to build exciting gourmet burgers:

Ground Turkey:  Normally dry and tasteless, turkey burgers come out juicy and yummy with Char Crust® Dry Rub Seasoning. Enhance the meatiness with Hickory & Molasses Char Crust®

Ground Bison: Rich beefy flavor, but heart-healthy, ideal with Southwest Chipotle Char Crust®

Chopped Salmon: Mix with feta, green onion, and spinach, them form patties and cook as above. Sun-Dried Tomato & Garlic Char Crust® or Roasted

Char Crust® Dry-Rub Seasonings are made in Chicago, and available in specialty grocers and butcher shops nationwide. Locally available at Whole Foods, Sur La Table, The Fresh Market, Sunset Foods, Treasure Island and many butcher shops and specialty grocers.


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