Baked Apple Butter Brown Sugar Wings and Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Garlic Aioli

Quite the long recipe titles, eh?

But oh-so-delicious.

These were the two “appetizers” I prepared for us on Saturday while we watched football.  I got my date night out on the town Friday, Big Guy got a night full of football and football food on Saturday.

It’s all about balance, folks.

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Baked Apple Butter Brown Sugar Wings

If you want a non-traditional wing, this is the recipe for you.  Sweet and savory and totally “fall” inspired.  I bought apple butter from a fun store in Durham called Parker and Otis.  The apple butter was delicious – 3 ingredients – no funky additives.  And for the dipping sauce, I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.  I would add more Sriracha next time for a little more heat.

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I still can’t believe so many people don’t like (or think they don’t like) brussel sprouts.  They are seriously one of our favorite vegetables.  I think people just don’t know how to cook them.  We eat lots of brussels in our house but these was a “new” way – appetizer style with toothpicks and a dipping aioli.  You could serve them family style, however, and serve a drizzle of the aioli on top.  They would taste just the same.  This recipe used canola oil instead of olive oil (what I usually used).  The canola oil made them a little crispier and let the brussel taste “shine” a little more.  Loved the aioli sauce.  So simple – mayo, garlic (lots of garlic), lemon juice, parsley and salt.  Totally addictive.

Hey, I’ll watch football any Saturday if the eats are this good.

And it includes going out Friday night.

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