Ever since I found out that chicken wings can be made with cauliflower as a substitute, I wanted to try them. I found this recipe through the mention from someone at school, so I decided to have a go at them. The main thing I liked about this recipe, was that there were little ingredients and the battered mixture sounded delicious!
The only ingredients you need are:
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1 tsp butter spread
- 1 cup Frank’s red hot sauce
The first thing to do to make these cauliflower wings are to cut up the cauliflower in small chunks so that they look something like this:
I rinsed them just to make sure that I wouldn’t be eating any dirt.
Next, I made the batter sauce that the cauliflower chunks would be dipped into. Therefore, mix together the flour, water, non-dairy milk, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt pepper, and paprika so it looks something like this:
The instructions state to ensure the mixture is not too thick that it doesn’t drip, but not too watery that it won’t stick to the cauliflower. Coat all of the cauliflower chunks with the mixture then put onto a cooking sheet with parchment paper. I didn’t have any, so I used tin foil, which didn’t turn out as planned.
Now here is the part that I messed up. I only read on the recipe page that you cook these for 25 minutes, however it didn’t clearly state the temperature. So because of this, I just put the oven to a safe 375 degrees celsius and hoped for the best. Meanwhile, I figured out after baking these for 25 minutes that the oven was supposed to be at 450 degrees celsius. Apparently this was crucial so that the wings weren’t soggy.
I then covered the wings with the butter and Frank’s hot sauce mixture and put them in for another 25 minutes at 450 degrees celsius this time. When my boyfriend came home from work he said they smelled delicious, which they did, but they weren’t cooking the way I hoped they would.
In the end, the wings weren’t as crunchy as I hoped, but my boyfriend and I enjoyed them. We figured though that it would be better as a side than a main dish.
Here is the finished product!
We paired the cauliflower wings with ranch dip and ketchup, as well as some carrots and pickles.
I’m not a huge fan of cauliflower, and we both found these to have the texture of chicken and really enjoyed the hot sauce!
Verdict…semi win. I think if I cooked them properly, they would have tasted better.