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Hot Wings and Lobster Bisque…

Instead of just sharing the pictures from my latest dinnertime endeavors, I figured I should share the recipes with you guys as well.  Since I did that one TAG, Buffalo wings have been  However I’m working on losing those 6 lbs by the end of the year and all that butter probably isn’t the best idea, so instead I found these “Healthier Hot Wings” on SparkRecipes.  
While at the grocery store gathering food for the week, I randomly decided it would be fun to make some Lobster Bisque to accompany the Hot Wings.  But when I began preparing the food to cook on Sunday, I quickly realized that I wouldn’t be able to make the Bisque because the lobster tails were still frozen and needed to be defrosted overnight in the fridge.  So I had to forgo that and just stuck with the “Healthier Hot Wings” recipe.

I covered the wings with 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp black pepper and 2 T hot sauce.  Then placed them in the fridge for over an hour to marinate.  Once the hour was up, I preheated my oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, placed the wings in a shallow baking dish, on the top shelf of the oven (because I like the skin crispy) and baked the wings for 45 minutes (the results are above). 

Last night, I finally got around to making the Bisque. Check out the recipe and final results after the jump…

Preparing the Meat:
First I had to defrost and cook the Tails.  I decided to steam them because it was the quickest and easiest process.  Removed the lobster from the fridge.  Rinse in cold water and pat dry.  Stick a skewer through the meat, down the length of the tails, to prevent them from curling up when cooked.  Place enough water to cover the bottom of your pot and bring it to a boil.  Place the tails into the pot and cover.  Cook it for 7 minutes, remove the tails, allow it to cool slightly, cut the shells open, remove the meat and roughly chop.
On to the Bisque:
I know what you are thinking, isn’t that the tiniest little whisk ever! Yes it is and I love it!
(1) Cook onion and chicken broth in a frying pan for 5 to 7 minutes.  (2) In a medium pot melt butter and slowly whisk in the flour until creamy.  (3) Then slowly add the chicken broth (constantly whisking) to the butter flour mix to ensure a smooth consistency.

(4) Whisk in the Cream[you can use Milk here to lighten it up calorie-wise]. (5) And add the rest of the ingredients to the medium pot. (5.5) I thought it was a little too thick here so I added about a 1/2 cup of water to thin it out.  (6) Finally let the Bisque simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours (Do Not Boil).  (7) Serve and enjoy!

I thoroughly enjoyed both dishes.  The wings were spicy, crispy on the outside with a juicy inside and perfectly healthy! And the Bisque was wonderfully seasoned with supple chunks of lobster meat.  Plus hubby said the Bisque was the best thing he had had all month, which doesn’t seem like much since it’s only the 5th(!) of December, but that makes no difference to me — I’m still luxuriating in the compliment. 🙂 

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