Recipe: Maple-Bourbon Wings

It feels like forever since I’ve picked up the cookbook and actually did a recipe! Hopefully, it’ll happen more frequently in the near future. The plans are always there but somehow the time just isn’t.

This past weekend, I decided to try out a recipe from the latest issue of Food Network for October 2017. They have a Fried Maple-Bourbon Wings and frying is so annoying, including the clean-up work afterwards that I decided to use their recipe but modify a little to bake in the oven.

Here’s the recipe and how it turned out.

Maple-Bourbon Wings
(inspired by Fried Maple Bourbon Wings in Food Network October 2017 Issue)

Maple Bourbon Wings


2 lbs Chicken Wings
1 small shallot
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup bourbon
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles)

  1. Preheat oven at 375C.
  2. Mince the shallot in a small bowl. Add in maple syrup and bourbon and oil. Stir together. Then add in ketchup and dijon mustard. Mix well.  Add adobo sauce if you’d like (we didn’t).
  3. In a larger bowl, cover the sauce over the chicken wings. If you have time, its best to cover and let marinate it in the fridge for as long as you can.
  4. In a lined sheet pan, lay out your wings in a single layer. Remember to keep a little distance so it doesn’t stick together. Oil if using aluminum sheet as to not stick. Pour remaining sauce over the wings.
  5. Put in oven for 25 minutes, turning halfway or until cooked through.

With that said, that was still a diversion of the actual recipe. If you want to challenge yourself to the fried one. just drop me an email and I can send it to you. Or leave a comment or whatnot. Regardless, I did keep a part of the original recipe there in terms of ingredients although removing a few things you need to fry it, like flour and such. My substitutes here really came down to using green onions instead of shallots. Normally, we don’t have shallots here unless it comes with a box and in that case, we have already used it. Green onions are not only in our backyard but also frequently not always used up to the max in the meal boxes so we have left over whenever its for garnish or whatnot.

This recipe is pretty good overall. The maple and bourbon mixture is just right. However, you should use shallots and not green onion. We assume that gave it an odd taste that took time to get used to. Ours could benefit with marinating more than 15 minutes or whatever. I usually would take the time to do it or just simmer it in the pan to let the flavors seep into the meat. It was a last minute decision to put this together.

Now to think about what to do with our second batch of chicken wings? Any suggestions?

Bacon Avocado Fries!

This past weekend’s experiment goes to having the mission of using up my four rapidly ripening avocados that I bought the weekend before.

A part of it went to making the Avocado basil pasta that me and my boyfriend love a lot. I talked about it HERE when I first made it for last year’s Thanksgiving.

Then the rest went to making two batches of Bacon Avocado Fries over Friday and Saturday. 🙂 These things are addictive!



I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest and you can find it right HERE at The Examiner!

The recipe is relatively straight forward. However, there are a few differences.

  • Its supposed to make 20 but I only could get about 16-18.
  • I didn’t cook the bacon in advance and just baked the whole thing for 5-8 minutes more in the oven

The original plan was to try making the breaded avocado fries but bacon seemed like a nice time to eat something so not good but so delicious in celebration for the end of an extremely long week.

This was delicious.  The combination was really nice because the bacon was crispy and when you bit into it the avocado would just melt. I love those sorts of texture.  Just makes it feel so awesome and tasty! You just can’t go wrong with bacon 🙂

A short little recipe and very simple to make! Love it! I’m definitely going to be making this one again eventually!

Do you like avocado? Any neat recipes that you like? Any recipes you like to add bacon to?