A long, long time ago I used to make wings similar to these piquant Catalina Wings. I was in college and had a summer job cooking at a golf and country club. The food was basic fair, nothing too over the top, catering to the golfing crowd, small banquets and business meetings. It was a fun job, good people to work with and a happy crowd, because they’re golfing of course. It wasn’t unusual for the dining room to be filled with thirsty golfers looking for a mid afternoon snack and beverage.
Like many places of the time, we offered hot wings, but not everyone liked there wings “hot”. So to please the masses we mixed the hot sauce with Catalina Dressing to lighten some of the heat. The ratio of dressing to hot sauce was adapted to make the wings mild, medium or hot. We didn’t have a formula, it was always eye balled, so I doubt anyone ever got the same plate of wings twice. It’s the memory of this job and the tossing of bowl after bowl of chicken wings that Catalina Wings are derived. Not new in concept but these Catalina Wings are made with fresh Catalina dressing, making them zesty and sticky. You’ll love them!