While I was in Vancouver over Christmas, I tried a new vegan restaurant, twice. They had these crispy, flavourful, insanely delicious cauliflower ‘wings.’ Since being back in London I have kept my eye out at restaurants for these things. Nowhere to be found. So I decided to make some of my own. I veganised a super simple recipe for the batter and did a few test batches. Since I don’t have a deep fryer, I wasn’t able to get them as crispy as the restaurant version, but were still pretty great. This is probably the only way I can easily eat an entire head of cauliflower in one sitting and still want more. Definitely a good way to get your veggies!
I had all the ingredients for these little bites of heaven in my kitchen except for the cauliflower itself. It’s so simple and in total takes about 35 – 40 minutes. So here it is:
1 large or 2 small heads of cauliflower
1 cup plant milk – I used unsweetened almond
3/4 cup flour
3 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1.5 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
0.5-1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
2-4 tsp hot sauce – depending on how spicy you like it
1 1/2 tbsp oil – I used melted coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 220 C.
- Wash and cut your cauliflower into bite size pieces.
- Mix the milk, flour and spices until smooth.
- Line a baking tray with non stick parchment paper.
- Dip each bit of cauliflower into the batter and shake off any extra. If the batter pools when you put the cauliflower on the parchment it’s going to stick – you don’t want that.
- Once the dipped cauliflower is spread evenly on the baking tray, put it in the oven. Set your timer for 10 minutes. Do a quick check when your timer goes off, they should be getting brown. Depending on your oven, you may need to turn the tray around and bake for another 5 minutes or until brown.
- Take them out and let cool for a moment while you get your sauce together. Mix your oil, sweet chilli and hot sauce together. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower bites in sauce.
- Lay them back out onto the tray and back into the oven for 10 more minutes.
My oven runs hot so your cooking times may be slightly different so keep an eye on them. They may look quite dark due to the sauce caramelizing, but that is what you want, trust me.
I served them with Follow Your Heart ranch dressing but you could also use vegan mayo if you have some lying around, just add some minced garlic and dip!