Moe: Same old stuff: meatloaf, casserole, tuna loaf, loaferole, casseloaf. Marge Simpson’s Wasabi Buffalo Wings!
Lenny: An Eastern twist on a western New York favorite.
Mr. Largo: These wings are going straight to my thighs and I say bon voyage!
Lisa: What do you think, Thomas Pynchon?
Thomas Pynchon: These wings are “V-licious!” I’ll put this recipe in the Gravity’s Rainbow Cookbook, right next to The Frying of Latke 49.
Sideshow Mel: I agree with my fellow Cornell alumnus! Huzzah for Marge!
Marge: And how ’bout a huzzah for my husband who paid for our new kitchen?
Sideshow Mel: Never!
– All’s Fair In Oven War (The Simpsons Season 16 – Episode 2)
Chicken wings are one of the greatest pot luck foods, dare I say even better than loaferole. When trying to recreate Marge’s Wasabi Buffalo Wings I wanted them to taste “Eastern” while also being as bright green as possible to match the appearance in the episode. Luckily wasabi paste is already a delightful bright green and, really, who doesn’t enjoy eating bright green chicken?
- Chicken Wings
- 1 Tube Wasabi paste
- Dash of Salt and pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons Soy sauce
- 1 Teaspoon Sesame oil
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
Combine all sauce ingredients with chicken wings into a large plastic bag. Leave to marinade for at least a few hours for the flavors and green color to fully set in.
Bake chicken wings in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Even though these wings turned out very close to the color I wanted, the guests at the pot luck dinner I attended were less enthused about eating them than the residents of Springfield. Apparently bright green meat looks like something you should avoid. Several people asked me “what’s wrong with them?” and “why are you trying to poison us?” and even when I explained that the wings were delicious and NOT poison they still went for the casseloaf instead!
The taste was quite good, not too overpowering of wasabi, so I would consider using an additional tube of wasabi paste next time to ramp up the flavor. Of course, if I did make this recipe again it would only be for personal consumption since others are apparently “too good” to eat my delightful green food.
Cromulence: 7 out of 10
Marge Simpson’s Wasabi Buffalo Wings Recipe From: All’s Fair In Oven War (The Simpsons Season 16 – Episode 2)
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