I used to LOVE sweet and spicy chicken wings!! Every Christmas party or get togethers it was the "must have " thing on my menu. I have nothing against chicken wings, but if you are like me, trying to eat healthier, or maybe looking for a change, (less meat and more veggies) in your diet, or just something different, this is truly the recipe for you.
Trying to incorporate more veggies in our diet it is not always easy. It takes time and effort, and getting used to the changes in your taste buds, it can take a while. Not to mention, dealing with all the cravings...! It is especially true when you want to make the switch to a complete vegetarian diet altogether. Trust me, I know.
Well, not to worry. I've got you covered. These little cauliflower "wings" will dazzle you and the taste of sweet and tangy with just the right amount of spiciness, will satisfy your most daunting cravings!
Okay. Enough said! Make some and see, and taste for yourself.
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1 medium cauliflower head
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup milk (or water)
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 cup bread crumbs
For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:
2 tbsp olive oil ( or vegetable oil)
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 cup of water
4 oz. jar of hot pepper jelly
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp. Sriracha sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp smoked salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
Wash cauliflower and separate into florets (approximately to be the size of chicken wings). Set aside.
Take 3 small bowl:
In the first bowl, using a fork whisk the eggs, milk (or water) and salt together to make an egg wash (just until frothy).
In the second bowl, stir together the flour and black pepper.
Add the bread crumbs to the third bowl.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Take each floret, roll into the flour until coated, dip into the egg wash and roll them into the bread crumbs. Place them single layer onto the baking sheet and bake at 400 F for about 20-25 minutes or until fork tender. ( They should be slightly browned).
While they bake, prepare the sauce.
For the sauce, place oil into a pot; add crushed garlic; sauté on medium heat, (carefully, not to burn), just for a few seconds, then pour the water over.
Stir in all the remaining ingredients and bring it to a boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper if needed.
Remove cauliflower wings to a bowl and drizzle the sauce over them. Gently stir to coat.
Serve warm on their own or with Vegetable Stir and Fry Rice
TIP: If you don’t have smoked salt on hand, use sea salt and replace paprika with same amount of smoked paprika for that touch of smoky flavor.