In another flat bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper. In a similar bowl, blend the egg with the milk. Using one hand as the flour hand and the other as the milk hand (to prevent making glue on your fingers), dip each wing first into the flour, then into the milk, then back into the flour. Place on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining wings.
Fill a deep-frying pan halfway with oil. Over a medium-high flame, heat the oil until bubbles rise instantly from a chopstick or handle of a wooden spoon when it is put into the oil (or until the oil reads 375 degrees Fahrenheit on a cooking thermometer). Lower the heat slightly. Shake each wing lightly to dislodge bits of flour before sliding it into the hot oil. Do not crowd the pan. You will have to work in batches. Cook 12 to 15 minutes -- turning the wings after 6-8 minutes -- until the outside reaches a golden brown and the inside is fully cooked. Place on the brown paper bags to drain.
(Mark Finkenstaedt For The Washington Post)
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Repeat with the remaining wings. Either put the wings in a large bowl and toss them with the sauce, or use the sauce as a dip. Serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer.
Sauce recipe courtesy of Buffalo Billiards. Wing recipe adapted from "Wing It" (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2004).
Per serving (based on 8): 450 calories, 32 gm protein, 20 gm carbohydrates, 27 gm fat, 97 mg cholesterol, 7 gm saturated fat, 981 mg sodium, trace dietary fiber
The Consolation Prize
Two 12-ounce cans frozen lemonade concentrate
24 ounces orange juice (pulp level of your choice)
About 6 ounces whiskey (such as Jim Beam)
Remove the lemonade concentrate from the freezer 15 to 20 minutes before using to thaw slightly.
Pour the lemonade concentrate and orange juice into a large pitcher and stir to combine. Divide mixture evenly among four pint glasses, then add whiskey to each glass to taste.
Serve with straws or stirrers to keep drink from separating.
Per serving (based on 4): 501 calories, 2 gm protein, 99 gm carbohydrates, 1 gm fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 gm saturated fat, 9 mg sodium, 1 gm dietary fiber
Don't want to cook? These spots offer umpteen ways to wing it.
Buffalo Billiards. 1330 19th St., NW 202-331-7665; 317 Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, 301-977-7665, www.buffalobilliards.com. This sports bar's wings cost $6.50 and come with traditional, BBQ, cajun or teriyaki sauces.
Buffalo Wing Factory. 45529 West Church Road, Sterling, 703-406-0505, 43761 Parkhurst Plaza, Ashburn, 703-729-4200. www.buffalowingfactory.com. Features 30 wing sauces, many of which differ only in hotness (BBQ, Spicy BBQ or Suicide BBQ, say), but they're still fun to sample. $6.49 for 10 wings.
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern. 697 Spring St., Herndon. 703-435-5467. www.jimmystavern.com. Buffalo Bills fans flock here on Sundays. Owner and Buffalo-native Jimmy Cerrito serves wings with sauce from Buffalo's Anchor Bar. A plate costs $6.85.
Red Star Tavern. Boulevard at The Capital Centre. 880 Capital Center Blvd, Largo. 301-808-0200. www.redstartavern.net. The Southern-style menu offers only one kind of wings, but you won't be disappointed -- they have a delightfully spicy tang. A plate is $5.99.
The Flying Buffalo. 7305 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. 703-876-9671. www.theflyingbuffalo.com. Exotic flavors here include Bavarian Hot Mustard and Beer, Lemongrass and Pineapple-Garlic. All wings are $7.50 for a plate of 10; On Mondays, buy 10 wings and get 10 free.