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Serves 4 as an entrée or 6 to 12 as an appetizer

24 chicken wings

¼ cup pine nuts, toasted 1 pound ground veal

¼ cup chopped roasted red pepper (bottled variety)

2 green onions, ends trimmed, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced ½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ cup chopped fresh basil

1 egg, beaten


2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup bottled tomato or spaghetti sauce

1 cup red wine

2 teaspoons tomato paste

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano

½ teaspoon crushed red chile flakes

Prepare the wings for stuffing. In a bowl combine the nuts, veal, red peppers, green onions, garlic, salt, black pep-per, basil, and egg. Using your fingers, mix until evenly blended. Transfer the stuffing to a pastry bag and fill the wings.

To make the glaze, place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and sauté the garlic until it sizzles, about 1 minute. Then add the tomato sauce, wine, tomato paste, salt, oregano, and chile flakes. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes at a low boil. Cool the sauce to room temperature.

Place the wings in a large bowl and pour the glaze over the wings. Gently coat the chicken wings with the glaze. This can be done up to 12 hours in advance; keep refrigerated.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a shallow baking pan with foil. Coat a wire rack with nonstick cooking spray and place the rack in the baking pan. Drain the wings and reserve the glaze. Place the wings in a single layer on the rack and roast for 45 minutes. Serve.

Carpenter, H., & Sandison, T. (2008). The Great Wings Book. Chartwell Books, Inc.

Beer Types and Serving Suggestions

Here are some favorite common beers, with some food pairing and serving suggestions:

  • Lager Smooth, light beer, slightly tangy
    Fish, Hamburger, Curry Dishes
  • Pale Ale Light, slight fruity ale
    Green Salads, Fish, Pork, Hamburger
  • Pilsner Light-bodied, mild malt beer with flowery aroma
    Light Soups, Pizza, Fish
  • Brown Ale Smooth, rounded beer with a nutty taste
    Chicken, Salad, Pork 
  • Bock Strong beer with caramel taste
    Chicken, Game, Creamy Desserts, Lamb, Sausage
  • Porter Dark ale with a rich taste
    Cheese, Beef, Barbeque, Fruity or Creamy Desserts
  • Stout Opaque, dry ale with a chocolate taste
    Shellfish, Chocolates, Rich Desserts or Rich Meats

Some other tips:

Beer is a delicious aperitif. Choose a light beer to serve before a meal.

Serve pale beers with light soups and heavy, malty beers with stews.

Light beers are delicious with green salads and vegetable courses.

Serving a chocolate dessert? A rich, sweet, dark beer is the perfect match. Fruitier beers work well with fruit desserts.

A strong sweet beer is a nice digestif, with or without a separate dessert.

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