From guest blogger, Gord ...
I saw this idea over at Lord of the Wings. He had made Coca Cola wings in which the idea is to brown, then simmer wings in Coke.
He had said that if he had to do it again, he would add maybe ginger and garlic.
Again interesting idea!
I took just over 2 1/2 pounds of raw wings and browned them in a stir fry pan. Then I added 2 cans of Coke Zero to fully cover the wings and added in 3 teaspoons of garlic and 3 teaspoons of ginger and put it on simmer.
The idea is the Coke cooks through the wings and then thickens into a sauce. Problem was after half an hour, the liquid was reducing but not thickening. Then it hit me. There is nothing in Coke Zero to thicken the liquid. If I had used regular Coke then the sugar would have been a thickening agent.
Solution? Add some sugar. I had granulated cane sugar (to use in making mojitos) so I added a quarter cup which did the trick.
After simmering for 45 minutes, the skins were rubbery and gooey so I decided to bake them. I placed them onto a rack and spooned some remaining sauce over (picture to the right) and put them in at 400F for 6 minutes. I then flipped them, spooned on the remainder of the sauce and baked for another 8 minutes.
That did the trick.
The skin cooked up nicely. They were slightly sweet and the taste of the ginger came through. It did not take long for Teena and I to finish them off.
This is a recipe I would definitely do again!
Thanks, Lord of the Wings, for a great idea!!