According to Claire Joyes, editor of Monet’s cooking journals, Monet had “perfected a ceremony” for his favorite fowl. He would remove the wings, sprinkle them with nutmeg, ground pepper and coarse salt, and hand them over to his cook to be flame-broiled. Since duck wings can be very tough, the James Beard Foundation blog has a recipe suggesting multi-step cooking.
Here’s a recipe that younger Super Bowl fans can help make. Not quite wings, but just as delicious.
Crazy-Leg Drumsticks (Drumettes)
From Kids Cook 1-2-3 (Bloomsbury, 2006)
The nice herby taste comes from pesto—an uncooked Italian sauce made from fresh basil, garlic and pignoli nuts. You can find it in any supermarket. A dusting of Parmesan cheese turns into a crispy coating.
1/3 cup prepared pesto
4 chicken wings and 4 drumettes
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Spread pesto all over each chicken leg to cover. Sprinkle cheese all over leg (except the bottom where they will sit on the baking sheet—you don’t want the cheese to burn). Lightly press the cheese onto the chicken so it will stick. Add freshly ground black pepper.
3. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Place legs on baking sheet.
4. Bake 35 minutes until chicken is crispy and golden. Makes 4 servings.