Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cauliflower Wings Three Ways

Hey scholars!

When I became a vegan, I immediately missed wings. I just knew wings would be the reason why I could not fully commit to being a vegan. Boy was I wrong! I not only stuck with it, but found amazing alternatives for my not-so-vegan faves. I have been hearing about cauliflower wings as a great alternative to chicken wings. Although each picture of the recipes I saw looked delicious, I still felt skeptical. Real talk, vegans trip me out calling something a thing when it clearly is not. For example, "donuts" made out of fruit. That is not a donut. I have had vegan donuts that were baked to chocolatey perfection, but fruit used to hold "jelly" does not a donut make!!! So, imagine how I felt when I first came across recipes for chicken wing alternatives using cauliflower. Well, I finally got the courage to try them and I will definitely make them again. I used hot sauce, bbq sauce, and teriyaki sauce. You can use whatever sauce you like for your wings. 

Here is what you will need: 
1 head of cauliflower (approx.4 cups of florets)
½ cup milk (for vegan: use water or almond or soy milk)
½ cup water
¾ cup all-purpose flour (can sub gluten-free rice flour)
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp of paprika
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground pepper
1 cup frank's red hot sauce
1 tbsp butter (for vegan: use earth balance or smart balance buttery spread)


Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or grease very well with oil.

Preheat your oven to 425-450 F depending on your oven.

Wash and cut cauliflower head into bite sized pieces/florets.

Mix the milk/water/flour and spices in a medium mixing bowl (set aside the hot sauce and butter for later).

Mix until the batter is thick and is able to coat the cauliflower without dripping.

Dip the cauliflower in the batter.

You can do this one by one or in batches.

Shake off excess batter before placing cauliflower on the baking sheet.Lay the cauliflower single layer on the baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, flipping the florets over half way through to get all sides golden brown and crispy.

While the cauliflower is baking, get your buffalo wing sauce ready.

In a small saucepan on low heat melt butter and mix in hot sauce; also pour BBQ sauce and teriyaki sauces in separate bowls. 

Remove from the heat just as it starts to melt; stir together and set aside.

Once the cauliflower is done its first bake in the batter, remove them from the oven and put all the baked florets into a mixing bowl with the wing sauces and toss to coat evenly.

Return cauliflower to baking sheet and bake in the oven for another 20-25 minutes.

Serve with ranch, blue cheese, or your favorite dipping sauce.


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