Recipe Courtesy of James Ducs of Mountaintop Foods Sometimes a whole turkey is just too damn much. We were thinking about trying something for Christmas that involved turkey but didn't involve so much work. And then we thought "wings!". Wings are the answer. This recipe is dead easy so give it a try whether it's Christmas or not.
Turkey Wings with Pineapple Sage Sauce
- Turkey Wings - 8x
- 1.5 cups pineapple juice
- One small onion
- Two cloves garlic
- Fresh Sage (chopped)
- Fresh pineapple for garnish.
Assemble your ingredients. (We were shocked by how cheap turkey wings are -- a real bargain.)
Split your wings so you get the drumstick part and the other, less drumsticky part.
Clean off your cooking grills. Quick tip: if there's some snow around, get a bunch of it on your grill bristles before you scrub. This really helps clean your grills quickly.
Put the wings on the grill on medium-low heat. Plan on these things taking awhile. Probably about 30 minutes.
Cut up your fresh pineapple garnish for grilling. For instructions on that see this version of our newsletter.
Put some olive oil in a saucepan and gently fry some onions until they're soft. Add a few mashed cloves of garlic and then add your chopped sage. Fry and stir for about five minutes to get things all mixed up.
Add about 1.5 cups of pineapple juice. Let it simmer and reduce for as long as it takes to go from mostly-liquid to mostly-sticky.
Tip: If you want to cheat a bit and thicken it up using a bit of cornstarch and water mixed together... you can. Of course, we didn't, we're purists. But you can if you want.
In the meantime, your wings should be getting nicely browned. You should have your garnish pineapple on the grill at this point too.
Baste the wings thoroughly with the glaze. Be attentive: the sugar in the glaze will burn and char quickly if you're not watching carefully.
Yummy glazed wings. Important tip: these wings are better if lots of the glaze gets on them. As you take them off the grill be sure to toss them in a bowl full of your glaze.
Add some of your grilled pineapple to the mix and you're in business; turkey for Christmas without all the work.