Tonight, Breaking Bad will become the only TV show in my entire life of which I’ve seen every single episode. For various reasons, I missed most of the final seasons of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The X-Files, Ugly Betty, plus I didn’t have cable during the first five or six seasons of Mythbusters. Only Breaking Bad. So I’ve put together a special menu for the final show based upon events from the series.
- Buffalo Wings, and Fried Chicken. My tribute to Los Pollos Hermanos.
- Homemade Pepperoni Pizza. In one episode from Season 3, Walter White throws an extra-large cheese pizza onto the roof of his garage. It becomes a freakishly hilarious visual joke.
- Green Beans. The first time Jesse Pinkman visits Casa White, he stays for dinner and compliments Skyler on her green beans. Which turn out to be store-bought.
Don’t know what to drink with the meal, yet; the cast seems to drink anything companies that have paid product placement fees put in front of them.
Here, incidentally, is how I do Buffalo Wings. Traditionally, the sauce for Buffalo Wings is the simplest in the book: two parts butter to one part hot sauce. That’s it. However, I like extremely powerful flavors and heat, so I take it to another level.
- 12 pieces of chicken wings
- 8 Tablespoons butter
- 4 Tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce
- 1 Tablespoon finely minced or crushed fresh garlic
- 1-3 Teaspoons ground Chipotle powder, to taste
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- (Opt.) 1-2 Tablespoon honey to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Line a cookie pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Spread the wings in a single layer over the paper or foil.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, flip over the wings, bake for another 20-15 minutes (35 minutes total).
- As the wings bake, melt the butter and hot sauce together in the top of a double boiler. Important: whisk butter and Sriracha together as the butter melts.
- As soon as the butter has completely melted, whisk in all of the remaining ingredients at the same time and immediately remove from heat.
- Dump half of the sauce into a mixing bowl. When the wings are done, add them to the bowl and gently stir until even coated. If you need more sauce, add it; if you don’t, save the rest for and use it as a dip. You can also top a bowl of pozole with it; let your imagination run wild.
- Arrange the wings on a serving plate and start a feeding frenzy amongst your friends.
Vonn Scott Bair
PS–My almost certainly wrong predictions for the finale: the bad guys will kill Todd, not Jesse, because Todd killed a boy during the train heist; because the bad guys think gas masks are for sissies, Walt will be able to use his ricin to create a gas to poison all of them in the meth lab and save Jesse; Jesse kills Walter and becomes the new Heisenberg and hooks up with Lydia, the only other surviving supervillain (and the most persnickety).