Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cookbook Review - Paula Deen Celebrates and Teriyaki/Buffalo Chicken Wings

The most common complaint I hear about Paula Deen is the amount of butter she uses in her cooking and baking. I recently watched an episode of her show where she was even eating butter by the handful. Eww. I do find, though, that if you can get past the idea of everything being soaked in her favorite ingredient, you will find that there are a lot of dishes that aren't overly unhealthy-- at least as far as Southern Cuisine is concerned. At first glance, she does appear to use a lot of butter... but when compared to other baking cookbooks, the amount isn't that much more (sometimes it is even less) than comparable recipes. I even found some recipes with no butter at all. . . Gasp!
One of my favorite things about this cookbook is that it is divided up by holiday. Unlike most cookbooks which go through the traditional format of appetizers, soups/salads, main courses, dessert, etc., Paula Deen Celebrates starts with New Year's Eve brunch and works through Christmas dinner. There are even some non-traditional 'holidays' thrown in the mix, including: Elvis's Birthday (featuring her famous fried peanut butter and banana sandwich), Sunday Afternoon Football Party, her Anniversary, etc. By going this route, you can get a better idea of what a sample menu might look like. You also get some really nice family anecdotes mixed throughout, giving you a better glimpse into their lives and what is important to them.
So far, in this book, I have made brussel srouts with onion and bacon, Cheeseburger Pies (which I posted earlier in the year... I've never received so many comments about a meal 'not looking good' yet I promise it was REALLY good!!), Teriyaki and Buffalo Chicken Wings (pictured above, recipe below), spinach salad, goulash, and many others. I haven't been disappointed yet! This is definitely a cookbook I'll use time and time again!
Teriyaki and Buffalo Chicken Wings
36 fresh, or frozen, chicken wings, tips trimmed
salt and pepper
vegetable oil, for frying
Teriyaki Sauce:
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons dry sherry
Buffalo Sauce:
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Thaw the frozen wings under running water until the glaze has melted. Dry the wings thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste. In a dutch oven, pour in 3 inches of oil and heat to 360 degrees. Using tongs, lower each wing individually into the oil. Fry until the wings are crisp and brown, about 12-14 minutes. Drain on paper towels. You will have to cook the wings in several batches. You can do this part of the recipe several hours before your party. Leave them at room temperature, covered loosely with foil, after they have cooled completely.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small measuring cup. Combine the buffalo sauce ingrediens in another small measuring cup. Place 18 wings in one baking dish and the remaining 18 wings in another baking dish. Pour the teriyaki sauce over the wings in the first dish and toss to coat. Repeat in the other dish with the buffalo sauce. Place in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the sauces have glazed the wings and the wings are heated through.


  1. I love buffalo wings! I like them well done though, the skin has to be crispy!

    I like watching Paula Dean sometimes but she is a bit of a nut! I didn't see her eating the handfuls of butter but I can believe it! I bet her cookbook does have some terrific recipes.

  2. Ungourmet...

    I'm with you... she certainly does have her own 'unique' personality! :)

  3. These would be perfect for a boys night! Yum!

  4. I have several of her cookbooks (but not this one) and I have enjoyed every one of her recipes that she makes. I'm a butter nut myself, grins. She does, sometimes, use too much sugar for me though.

    Regardless, these wings look absolutely delicious! Ole Sweetie-Pi won't eat chicken on the bone, but I'll bet this would be equally as delicious with chicken tenders. YUM YUM!

  5. I used to love watching Paula's show on food network. She does have a lot of good recipes. I met her at a book signing once. She was a really nice and down to earth person. Nothing fake about her at all.

  6. I love butter but try to use very little in my cooking. The cookbook sounds interesting and I like that she sorts her recipes by holidays.

  7. Yum, these sound really great. I'm a big Paula fan...and a big butter fan...

  8. I don't think you could ever go wrong with a Paula Deen Recipe!!! I left you an award over on our blog!!! :o)

  9. These sound super! My hubby always has to go the hot wing route, but I think next time I'll save some wings to make the teriyaki way.

  10. I think Paula Deen is just as cute as can be...we had her on the other night while I was cleaning. Was she honestly eating plain butter, though?!? (The thought makes me a bit sick, but I sure do love cooking with it!) I'll have to look for this cookbook--it sounds great and the recipes you've posted from it look delicious...including these wings!

    It was nice seeing you, Mike and the kids last night! Make sure you post your chocolate buttercream frosting recipe--it honestly was the best I had EVER eaten!!!

  11. These sound great and we love Paula Deen around here! The boys just get the biggest giggles listening to her talk-{{grins}}. Marty go crazy over these wings, so when can you fix them for him?