It's a Saturday night, you're friends are coming over to watch a game or just hang out and you're trying to think of what food to serve. What's the natural go to? Pizza and wings. Who doesn't love pizza and wings? The problem is, you're trying to stick to your resolutions and pizza and wings can surely derail them. But wait! You can fill those pizza and wing needs without blowing the great week you just had. If you've been reading my blog (and previous posts on the old blog) you've probably already guessed that I'm going to say.......Make your own! I know is easier to just make a call, but making your own doesn't need to be difficult either. There is a catch however. I really think that if you haven't already, you must try Buffalo cauliflower "wings". I know, I know, you're thinking there is no way to substitute cauliflower for a chicken wing. Trust me on this one. (And rest assured I would never suggest you use cauliflower as your pizza crust!)
I originally found this recipe on the Full Belly Sisters blog, I did make some adjustments to measurements so I'll share what works for me (but just click the link for their version). Start with a good sized head of cauliflower, chop into wing sized pieces and rinse.
In a bowl mix 1 cup of rice flower (this makes a crispier crust, more chicken wingy if you will) with 2 teaspoons of garlic powder and mix well. I've doubled the batter amount from the original recipe and this seems to be the perfect amount for a good sized head of cauliflower.
Add one cup of water and whisk together. Meanwhile get the oven preheated to 425 degrees.
Dredge each piece until completely coated and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The parchment helps with the crispiness and makes clean up a breeze.
Bake the cauliflower for 25 min or until crispy.
Brush the wing sauce (3/4 cup Franks Red Hot and 3 Tbs melted butter or coconut oil) on both sides of each "wing" and pop them back in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until crispy. I didn't double the sauce, but I did use 1 and 1/2 the amount specified.
Depending on your oven you may have to add a little time to get the desired crispness.
Serve these babies up with some homemade blue cheese dressing and some celery sticks. I've posted a number of homemade pizza ideas over the years so see the links below if you need a little inspiration. I will share my dressing recipe because I think it was quite delicious!
Blue Cheese Dressing
1/4 cup mayo
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup milk
1 4 oz container of blue cheese crumbles
4 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
dash of salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated. If it's a little too blue cheesy for you, add a Tbs or so more yogurt. Transfer to a container or mason jar and refrigerate until ready to use (make ahead to let the flavors blend).
I hope you feel inspired to make your own! So go enjoy a healthier, homemade pizza and wings! (I've fed these to a lot of people and I promise they do not disappoint)