Cauliflower Buffalo Wings?

We’ve been trying to make an effort in our house to have 2 vegetarian days a week. It came about almost by accident. Part of it is because I don’t often dream about meat or feel an overwhelming desire to have meat with a meal. Meat is often the last part of a meal that I eat. I also wanted to challenge myself to find alternative sources of protein. We decided that two days a week was a good start.

Tonight, I made two totally different recipes. They do not go together at all. However, they were both delicious in their own way. To start, I made cauliflower “buffalo wings”. I’d heard that they were great and they did not disappoint. The recipe was pretty straight forward. Preheat the oven to 450F. Cut the cauliflower into bite sized florets. Wash and dry the florets. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the following:

1/4cup milk

1/4cup water

3/4cup flour

1tbsp paprika

1tsp cumin

1tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper

Take your florets and dip them in the mixture. Place them on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. While they’re baking, combine 1tbsp of butter and 1cup of hot sauce in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. When the mixture starts to simmer slowly, remove from the heat. When your cauliflower wings are done baking toss them in a bowl with the hot sauce. They are SO spicy. I recommend finding a cooling wing sauce to take the edge off, however they could totally pass for real wings. The texture is quite similar to the meaty part of the wing. They were reasonably easy to make and they’re quite the topic of discussion if you serve them to friends. Unfortunately, I totally forgot to take a picture because I was too concerned with not burning the second part of the meal, which you’ll hear all about later.

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