Sunday, January 27, 2008

Do Buffalo Tofoos have Wings?

Tofu Buffalo Hot "Wings".

Just in time for the SuperBowl!

OK, it may not be the hit of the "traditional" Superbowl crowd, but they don't know what they're missing.

These babies get INHALED at our house.
My kids used to LOVE those awful "real" Hot Wings. Blame their Dad. Probably one of the last non-veg items they gave up.

We tried a couple of the commercially prepared "Veggie-Chik Hot Wing" style thingies, but nothing was even close to that buttery, vinegar-y hot- sauce-coated dead bird that they loved.

So, enter Tofu Mom and yet another challenge...

Many failed experiments later... We now have something approximating those hot wings. I'm not saying these are exactly the same, we all know "exact" comparisons tend to be disappointing, but my family loves these (even the tofu-skeptic teens) so they must hit the spot somehow. I have a technical problem calling them "wings" because really, to my knowledge, tofu does not have wings, but call them whatever you like.

Now, a Mom-Note: Buffalo Tofu strips/wings/things tend to be messy eating. We've discovered though, that they make awesome "wrap" type sandwiches in flat-bread, pita or just plain tortillas. Your call.

Buffalo Tofu "Wings" or Strips or Wraps or Whatever

1 block extra firm tofu, pressed and drained (just to get some of the excess liquid out, doesn't have to be for too long) and frozen, then thawed.
This doesn't have to be made with frozen-thawed tofu, but the texture is better. We've done it both ways.

Cut tofu into strips or fingers.

Mix the following together:
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp cayenne (or more to taste)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil (I much prefer coconut oil here) in a non-stick skillet, to medium high.

Roll tofu strips in the spice-breading mixture, carefully shake of excess.

Place strips carefully in the hot oil. They should start to brown and crisp in a minute or two. Carefully turn with tongs or turner. Brown on all sides.

Remove from hot pan directly into "hot wing" marinade:

Mix together the following to make

1/4 cup melted margarine (I use Nucoa. Earth Balance works well too)
2 tsp. your favorite hot sauce (We use Sriracha Thai Hot Sauce)
1/4 tsp white vinegar

Gently toss strips in marinade until coated.

Remove to serving plate (if hungry munchkins haven't started picking them out of the bowl already).

Serve with vegan ranch-style dip or make into a "wrap" or sandwich for less messy eating.


Anonymous said...

I love the title of your post! That looks delicious. The marinade sounds so good, I have to try it out.

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Cody said...

Those look yummy. And so much simpler than the seitan buffalo wings my boyfriend keeps making. I don't know why I never thought to use tofu instead... maybe because I have only recently figured out how to fry it.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Those sound HOT an delish! DH is going to enjoy this recipe!

Julia said...

The hubster would like your version. I wonder if I could adapt that to make mild wings for the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

this looks very good as your scones too!!!! um

Summer Fae said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

This is the one of things that my family craves. I haven't been able to find a replacement until now. I cannot wait to make it.

I wonder if I could make them with the teriyaki style dressing that my family likes. I think I see an experiment coming. =-)

Carrie said...

I tried these the other day and they were great - I love the marinade! I took your suggestion and served them in a wrap with vegan ranch...mmmmm....

Davey said...

Thanks, great recipe! Just made it, delicious! Have you tried it w baked tofu? I'm marinating some tofu overnight now.. I'll try it that way tomorrow.

Marisa L. B. said...

Thanks for the recipe! I made the marinate and it is delicious! I added extra hot sauce and it's awesome!

Marla said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! It's terrific! I just made them and they are wonderful.