If you love a good spicy chicken wing then I promise you will love these Cauliflower and Broccoli “Wings”. They are spicy and completely addictive.
I love chicken wings. I love the bones, the spice and I love the greasy finger licking. Making “‘wings” with two of my favourite vegetables makes me just as happy. There are no bones and that makes them even better!
These wings can be baked or fried!
There are two ways to make these wings. You can bake them or fry them. I would most definitely encourage you to fry. The batter ends up so crispy and light and you can inhale a whole bowl in the blink of an eye!
Baking the “wings”is extra easy and ALSO delicious. Deep frying at home just requires never walking away from the pot BUT if you are scared of putting a pot of oil on at your place, then the baked wings are for you. The secret to baking in the oven is the use of spray on oil to get that crispy coating. Use olive oil spray for best taste and results.
The wings are completely vegan and gluten free so they are very easy to make! Don’t think they are a lesser wing than the chicken kind. These are just as delicious and stand up on their own. In the pictures above you’ll see the sauce on the side of the baked wings and mixed into the fried ones. This is really up to you though, sauce them or not. This really ramps up the taste factor for the fried wings
These Wings make the perfect starter
I like to do these wings as a starter. If you have a kitchen counter where people sit and chat then this is the recipe for you. The best thing to do is make the fried wings in batches and serve as soon as they are fried, once they are gobbled up throw another batch in.
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Cauliflower and Broccoli Wings with spicy sauce
- 500 gm broccoli florettes or 1 head
- 600 gm cauliflower broken into small flowrettes or 1 head
- 150 gm flour | gluten free I used Aldi brand, 1 cup
- 50 gm flour | gluten free extra for dusting
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon cummin ground
- 500 ml water 2 cups
- 1 cup Smokey BBQ sauce find an extra smokey one
- 3 Tablespoons Srirachia sauce or more if you like
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil for the baked wings
- 20 gm olive oil spraY for the baked wings
- 750 ml vegetable oil optional to be used for deep frying
- There are several ways that you can cook the wings, Baked or fried. The ingredients are the same except for extra oil needed for frying. You will need baking sheets lined with parchment if you are baking. If frying you will need to prepare a pot with vegetable oil and draining paper. Set the oven to 180 C/ 350 F. For the oil heat to about 180C/ 350F temperature
- Mix the two sauces together in a bowl with a fork or a whisk, and set aside till needed
- Break the cauliflower and the broccoli into even-sized florettes. The cauliflower needs to be a bit smaller than the broccoli so that it cooks through.
- Mix the flour with the spices and salt. Add 1 cup of water and whisk onto the flour to make a thick batter and break up the lumps. When reasonably smooth add the other cup and whisk together till the batter is smooth and thick enough to coat the vegetables when they are dipped in.
- Toss the cauliflower and broccoli in the flour to lightly dust them.
- To bake: Sprinkle the baking tray with a few teaspoons of olive oil. Dip each piece of vegetable in the batter drain slightly and put onto the tray. Spray each vegetable well with olive oil and bake for 10 to 15 min or till nicely browned. Put onto a serving plate and serve with a side of sauce. Serve straight away
- To fry: Put at least 3 cups to 1 litre of oil into a pot and heat. Test the oil by dropping in a bit of batter or vegetables and check if it bubbles Drop the vegetables into the batter and shake off to leave a light coating. Put a few pieces into the oil at once and let them start to bubble before adding some more. Don't overload, you will need to cook in batches so that the oil stays hot. Once they are golden brown fish them out with a slotted spoon or tongs and drain on kitchen paper. Once the vegetables have drained remove the paper and toss the wings in spicy sauce to coat. Serve straight away. You can also serve these with the sauce on the side