NOT YOUR AVERAGE WINGS
This week we’re celebrating the life and style of Tupac Shakur, with the new movie “All Eyez on Me” recently out in theaters. According to his friends and family, Tupac wasn’t one for the healthiest of lifestyles. An interview with friend Shock G through LA Weekly states, that he “never seen him eat a vegetable, not once in the 5 years I knew him.” Apparently he was the king of junk food with a diet consisting of soda, popcorn, pancakes, bacon, hash browns, etc. A large staple of his diet in his later years was said to be hot buffalo wings, so we’re going to take that inspiration toward a more vegan route with these cauliflower hot wings. And who knows maybe Tupac would've tried a vegetable if we combined his love of hot wings into the mix!
BAKED BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER HOTWINGS
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 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. 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 sauce 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. Enjoy!
Additional imagery via People, Vogue
Recipe adapted from hotforfoodblog