Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Finally!

I have had Katie's Don't Eat Off the Sidewalk zines since they were first published. However, it took a holiday weekend for me to finally make the infamous Tempeh Wingz (recipe). Unfortunately, the photographic evidence is horrid and, since Katie has very high standards for food photography, I thought it would be a bad idea to publish said wretched photograph.

Instead, I will tell you that these wings were really good! The flour coating was extremely flavorful and the wings came out of the oven very crispy. I think they, without the delicious wing sauce, would be a great vehicle for other sauces, such as barbecue or mustard. I used Tapatio for the hot sauce and ended up adding an extra 1/2 tablespoon because it didn't taste very spicy while it was cooking. Umm, I was wrong about that! They ended up very spicy, but still very good! Some of the panko coating came off during the wings' dip in the sauce and there wasn't quite enough sauce to thoroughly coat each and every wing, but those are minor issues.

I've never had the omni version of wings, but I understand that they are eaten with ranch dressing, so I made my own ranch, too! I used this Veggie Terrain recipe, but substituted one 6 oz. container of plain Wildwood yogurt for both the vegan mayo and soy milk to reduce the fat. It was the perfect substitution! I also used frozen parsley instead of dried (I had an overabundance of parsley from the farmers' market several weeks ago and froze most of it). The ranch worked well to reduce the sting from the wing sauce.

I learned, or maybe reinforced, something from this experience; I'm not in love with tempeh. I like it. However, I can only take so much of its texture. For my palate, tempeh is best left sliced very thinly (as in tempeh bacon) instead of in thicker slabs (like the wings). I think that, from now on, when a recipe calls for tempeh, I will substitute tofu and see what happens.

Don't forget that the 15-recipe sneak peak of the Happy Herbivore cookbook is on sale now! Go buy yourself a copy and try her fabulous recipes for yourself!

7 comments:

tofufreak said...

i posted about the same wingz several months ago i think! except for i used habanero hot sauce which practically burned a hole in the roof of my mouth!!!

haha. ironically, eating these tempeh wingz made me LOVE LOVE LOVE tempeh even more. oh well. i think freezing and defrosting tofu and making the wings would be a good idea. let me know how it goes!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

While I do not need to see these wingz to believe in their deliciousness, I DO think I will need to taste one before I believe you... therefore, you may send me one (or more!) over the internet. Thank you very much ;o)

Rural Vegan said...

I absolutely love any variety of vegan "wing". I have to agree with you on tempeh in general, though. I can only deal with it in limited applications, I like tofu or even seitan much better.

quarrygirl said...

they sell some vegan wings at whole foods, in the frozen section, and they are soooOOOOoooOOOo good. i think the brand is health is wealth. they aren't tempeh either...

as long as those are around, i have no need to make my own! :p

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I would LOVE to come to LA... and SOON! Y'all have so many vegan-friendly establishments, from what I hear/see on blogs. It's not fair! (Gosh, I sound like a petulant child!)

VeggieGirl said...

The wingz still SOUND delicious! :0)

aTxVegn said...

So many folks really love that wingz recipe, but I don't like tempeh so much either. I may try it with tofu this weekend.