George's Smackin' Wings


A classic Buffalo wing, which you know heralds from the city of the same name.. is tossed into a deep fryer, then tossed into melted butter and hot sauce or finished off in an infinite number of other side sauces and condiments. 

Now friends, my Smackin' Wings are a better wing for a couple reasons... First, it's grilled with benefits from the outdoor flavor of fire-n-smoke; and the sauce is sweet, allowing you to enjoy the chicken and the side sauce. 


George's Smackin' Wings

Makes 32 pieces | from Grilling with Chef George Hirsch cookbook | George Hirsch Lifestyle

16 chicken wings

1/2 cup olive 

1/4 balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup honey

2 teaspoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons cane syrup or dark corn syrup

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cut off and discard wings tips. Cut remaining wings in half. Combine remaining ingredients in large bowl until well blended, add wings. Cover and marinade in refrigerator 1 hour.

Preheat grill to medium temperature.  

Place wings on grill. Grill 15 to 20 minutes over medium coals, turning frequently. As wings begin to brown continue slowly cooking on indirect heat, until completely cooked.

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KYFF, Caramelized

Dill may be the 'a Herb of the Year', but for me, garlic wins every year. I know you must all agree, from the great responses I have received over the years, cooking with this magical herb on my shows. It’s truly a culinary staple with multiple uses. Slather it on bread, toss into pastas, whisk into dressings, marinades... So you see why I and my followers will grill or roast up a half dozen or more heads at a time.  

Once caramelized, they are at the ready, stored in mother nature's natural garlic skin packaging. Just place in the fridge. When ready to use, squeeze, but like toothpaste - from the bottom please.


Caramelized Garlic Recipe

Makes 6 heads | From Grilling with Chef George Hirsch cookbook, Hearst ©1994, 

6 heads fresh garlic

2 Tablespoon olive oil

one 12‑inch square aluminum foil

Lay each garlic head on its side and cut off 1/4 inch from the bottom or root end, exposing the garlic cloves. Brush with olive oil.  

Place the heads, exposed end down, in a single layer in an ovenproof dish or directly on the grill. Roast in a 325 degree oven or on a very low temperature grill, uncovered, until light brown. Cover with aluminum foil and roast 8-10 minutes longer, or until creamy.

Allow garlic to cool and remove cloves from head as needed.  Garlic may be stored in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for several days.  

To puree, crush garlic cloves with the flat of a knife. 

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Grill Skewers

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George Hirsch Know Your Fire Fridays

Forty years ago people were afraid to enter the water at the beach... the movie Jaws has had an everlasting effect since. But I say - no worries, just skewer and marinate. Today, I'll opt for grilling swordfish which is ideal when topped with a highly seasoned marinade for flavoring, not tenderizing. The fish is marinated for under 30 minutes making for a quick fix from kitchen to grill.  

Have a great weekend!

Use this vinaigrette as a marinade for vegetables, meats, or seafood and as a basic vinaigrette for salad greens.

Chef George's Grilling Vinaigrette

makes about 1 cup | from  George Hirsch Living it UP! cookbook

1/2 cup tomato or vegetable juice

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon horseradish

2 Tablespoons pitted green olives, chopped

4 cloves Caramelized Garlic

1 green onion, chopped

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Fresh ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients until well blended. Cover and alow the vinaigrette to sit at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.


Swordfish Skewers

makes 4 servings | George Hirsch Lifestyle

1 1/4 pounds *swordfish, cut into 2 inch pieces

1 green pepper, cut into 2 inch cubes

1 red pepper, cut into 2 inch cubes

1 sweet onion, cut into 2 inch cubes

1 lemon, cut in quarters

1 lime, cut in quarters

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Arrange the swordfish, peppers, onion, wedges of lemon and limes on skewers. Pour Grilling Vinaigrette and olive oil over skewers; marinate for 30 minutes, in the refrigerator.

Preheat the grill. Grill for 2 or 3 minutes on each side on high. Baste with the marinade, then cook over a lower temperature for several minutes until done.

*Optional: use mako, jumbo shrimp or sea scallops. And chicken.

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Pain de Mie

I'm sure you'll agree the aroma of freshly baked bread is comforting during the cold winter season. Pain de Mie is just another way of saying a fresh baked pullman loaf of bread (a long rectangular loaf). Do you prefer yours toasted with butter or jam? Or, maybe you fancy a simple egg salad, tuna salad or BLT sandwich? You might want to go for the full energy classic combo of peanut butter and banana.

Baking really is a science and baking bread successfully proves that there are so many factors to consider when thinking about how your loaf is going to bake-up. For example, the air temperature, the quality of the flour, the type of liquid used - are all to be taken into consideration. But, I'll spare you and won't turn this into a Baking 101 Class. I've given you a basic but fail-safe recipe should you want to bring out your inner most boulanger (bread baker).

Pain de Mie

Recipe by Chef George Hirsch | Makes 1 loaf

2/3 cup milk

2 teaspoons instant yeast

1/4 cup nonfat dry milk

1 cup water

6 Tablespoons sweet butter, softened

2 1/4 teaspoons salt

3 Tablespoons sugar

3 Tablespoons potato flour

4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

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