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.
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