The Breaking Bad Finale Menu (Recipe: How I Do Buffalo Wings)

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Good Evening:

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.

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line a cookie pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  3. Spread the wings in a single layer over the paper or foil.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, flip over the wings, bake for another 20-15 minutes (35 minutes total).
  5. 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.
  6. As soon as the butter has completely melted, whisk in all of the remaining ingredients at the same time and immediately remove from heat.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).

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