My true love gave to me Twelve Drummers Drumming. Each beat of the drum resounds with an act of faith – the faith found in the Apostles’ Creed.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth
And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord
Who was conceived by the power of the Holy Sprit and born of the Virgin Mary
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried
He descended into hell. On the third day He arose again from the dead
He ascended into Heaven, seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
The Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the Communion of Saints
The forgiveness of sins
The resurrection of the body
And life everlasting
Contained within those twelve lines of the creed are the Old and New Testaments, the word of God. It is only fitting that on this, the Twelfth Night, the final gift is all we need to know about salvation, faith and the promise from God Almighty – of a life everlasting. A life without pain or suffering. A life freed from tribulation. This is our journey home, to join the our one true love. Praise be to God.
While the logical choice for Twelve Drummers Drumming would be chicken legs – aka Drumsticks, another choice would be Drumettes. These are the meatier side of the chicken wing. Hard to come by, I know. So if you can’t find true drumettes and don’t want to buy a few dozen chickens to create your own, chicken wings are just as delicious.
Buffalo Chicken Drumettes
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
2 lbs Chicken Drumettes or Wings
1 quart Vegetable Oil if frying
Melt butter in a saucepan. Add Hot Sauce. Keep warm until ready to use.
Note: If baking drumettes, heat sauce during the last 10 minutes of baking time.
Option 1: Fried Drumettes
Heat oil in a 6-quart pot or deep fryer over medium heat to 350-degrees. Place Drumettes in hot oil, fry for 8 to 10 minutes or to an internal temperature of 165-degrees. If necessary, fry in batches. Keep warm until all the Drumettes have been fried.
Option 2: Baked Drumettes
Heat oven to 400-degrees. Place a baking rack in a rimmed baking sheet to lift Drumettes above the pan surface and allow air to circulate. If necessary, use a two rack set-up.
Place Drumettes in a single layer on the wire rack without over crowding for even cooking and crispness. Place pan in the oven to bake for 45 minutes or until the skin is crisp and the meat is cooked through.
Note: If using two pans for baking, place one in the upper half of the oven, the other in the lower half. Rotate the placement of the pans halfway through the baking time for even crispness.
To finish, place cooked Drumettes in a large bowl. Pour the heated Buffalo Sauce over the chicken, toss to coat. Serve Drumettes while still hot as is or with Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing for a dipping sauce if desired.
Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas
First Day of Christmas – Christmas Steak Supper
Second Day of Christmas – Chocolate Glazed Turtle Pie
Third Day of Christmas – Three Garlic Rosemary Game Hens
Fourth Day of Christmas – Family Feast of Innocence
Fifth Day of Christmas – Golden Beefy Nacho Soup
Sixth Day of Christmas – Bacon and Eggs Benedict
Seventh Day of Christmas – Dover Sole Piccata
Eights Day of Christmas – Italian Feast for Mary
Ninth Day of Christmas – Ladyfinger Eggnog Dessert
Tenth Day of Christmas – Chocolate-Cherry Cola Cake
Eleventh Day of Christmas – American-Italian Spaghetti
Twelfth Day of Christmas – Buffalo Chicken Drumettes