Super Bowl XLVII - Cauliflower "Wings"

When you think of the Super Bowl what crosses your mind? Friends? Football? Commercials? Food? ...Delicious chicken wings?

Adam and I love hot wings. My Mom grew up in Buffalo, so she has instilled in me the value of quality buffalo wings. Most people who knows wings agree that it's all about the sauce. Great sauce = great wings. The chicken is important, but it comes secondary. So if you're in the mood to make your wings a little healthier, the chicken is the thing to skimp on, not the sauce.

In this recipe you replace chicken with cauliflower. It makes for a slightly different buffalo wing (it throws off a boneless wing vibe), and since the sauce can be whatever you want it to be, the recipe remains delicious. I followed a recipe from PETA.

Total time: 30 minutes. Serves 2-3 if you want it to be a main dish. Would serve ~5 if you want it to be an appetizer.

1 cup water or soy milk (I use water)
1 cup flour (any kind will work—even gluten-free!)
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces
1 cup buffalo or hot sauce
1 Tbsp. olive oil or melted vegan margarine

 Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Mix the first three ingredients together in a bowl.
After it's all mixed up, dunk your cauliflower in this mix. You want them to be ooey-gooey and covered in batter.
Grease a baking sheet. I greased mine even though it was non-stick, and you'll want to do the same. These puppies will majorly stick to the pan, so pull out every trick you know to keep that from happening.

Bake them for six minutes. Shake the pan to keep them from sticking. Bake them for another six minutes. Shake the pan to keep them from sticking. Bake them for another six minutes. During this last six minutes combine your buffalo sauce and oil in a bowl.

You can use whatever buffalo sauce you want. Adam likes Tabasco and I like Franks or anything from the Anchor Bar (the Buffalo, NY restaurant that invented the buffalo wing). Pick your poison. As previously discussed, this is the most important part of the recipe, so choose wisely.

 Drizzle the spicy mixture over your wings and then bake then for another six minutes or so.

Adam’s taste rating: 3 ladles
Alina's taste rating: 4 ladles
Healthy rating: 3 ladles
Ease of prep rating: 4 ladles
Overall average: 3.5 ladles


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