At Coachella this year I had some of the most KILLER (albeit deepfried) Cauliflower buffalo “wings”. Since then I have been on the hunt for the perfect replica, sans deep fry. In my meat eating days, I could down 3-4 dozen hot wings in a sitting. I know, puke, however I still crave that crispy hot saucyness regularly.
This is the best I have been able to do so far. I adapted it from a recipe I found online and now for whatever reason cannot find again!!! I will post the original link when I can find it again.
This one needs work, but should be better than passable if you follow these directions……..still trying to find the perfect substitute.
1 head cauliflower
1/3 cup melted vegan butter – or real butter if you please
1 cup Franks hot sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 cup water
1/2 cup brown RICE flower only – I have read this tip several times so I went with it.
Set oven to 450 ( a true 450) I set mine to 460…..
For your breading: Place all dry ingredients in bowl, whisk in water. Whatever you do, make sure that when you mix the water and flour, the mixture is SUPER gooey and sticks to the cauliflower. Mine was WAY too runny (per the recipe) so I added more flour to this recipe…but use your best judgement and add flour if you need to.
For your sauce: Melt butter and mix with Franks. That’s it.
Dip bite-sized cauliflower into breading mix. Add to baking sheet, bake for 20 minutes. Rotate and bake 10 more minutes. Check that browning is happening, if not continue to cook until you see browning. Make it THICK this was NOT good:
Add Franks mixture and cook for 10 more minutes.
Allow to cool to room temperature – do NOT be afraid to crisp these up. All ovens are different so you need to keep an eye on this well. I will update with a surefire recipe as soon as I can!