By Doc Lawrence
ATLANTA-Tailgating and baseball fit like a a ball in a glove. Former Atlanta Braves front office executive Frank Spence, one of the top authorities on tailgating says there is a historic connection. “Baseball was popularized during the Civil War and tailgating was born right after the first Battle of Manassas.”
|Hammerin' Hank is Baseball's Finest Image|
The weekend series with the Cincinnati Reds was even by baseball standards, almost perfect. The pre-game aromas and sounds of laughter filled the parking lots around Turner Field, and with Atlanta’s magnificent skyline as a backdrop, it was time for great food from the grill and some delicious beverages.
This year, the Braves and all baseball fans celebrate the anniversary of Hank Aaron’s mighty blow that broke Babe Ruth’s home run record. “Hamerin’ Hank,” as he is affectionately know to millions, is baseball’s finest image, a man of dignity who handles his fame about like he did his triumphs in baseball: with pure class.
|Pregame Fun at Turner Field|
This is a dish that I found perfect with a good quality Riesling. Whether from Germany, Alsace, New York State or Washington State (Chateau St. Michelle is available everywhere), this wine, served chilled, starts a baseball weekend tailgate ritual with some wonderful and compatible flavors.
Enough talking. It’s time for food and wine just before entering Turner Field.
Hammerin' Hank’s Hot Wings
Chef Lara Lyn Carter
For the Chicken
|Chef Lara Lyn Carter|
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. coarse salt
1 ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
Canola oil for frying
Cut the wings at the joint to remove the tips. Marinate chicken for two hours in the buttermilk. Combine the flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large paper bag. Remove the wings from the buttermilk and drain. Toss the wings in the bag with the flour mixture to coat. Heat one quart of canola oil in a cast iron skillet to 350 degrees. Fry the wings in batches for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with dipping sauce.
For the Sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
1/ tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. Creole mustard
2 tbsp. jalapeño pepper jelly
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve with wings.
MOTHER’S DAY GIFT. Southern Thymes Shared is a gorgeous new cookbook with original recipes and wine pairings galore. It is lovely on a coffee table and makes a wonderful gift for her special day. Available at bookstores everywhere, Amazon.com and the Museum gift shop at Monticello.