Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bourbon Buffalo Mole "Chicken" Wings with Bleu "Cheese" Avocado Oil Aioli and Frisee Carrot and Celery Stick Slaw with Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette

Thank you all for being patient while I worked all the bugs out of my new layout. As much as I wish Queer Eye for the Straight Guy would've accepted my web design invitation, I feel like I did well enough adding a little flare and feng shui. The lack of balance was starting to haunt me in my sleep almost as badly as a sink full of unwashed dishes. There were some issues with the comment box, but I'm pretty sure it's working now. If you're having difficulties, shoot me an e-mail via the link in the now extremely stylin' left sidebar, and let me know :)
Before you think I'm crazy(er), enough on that topic...

In my small community of Youngstown, Ohio, Tuesday night was wing night. Meat hungry, hormone driven teenage boys would pile into their F150s and S10s, then make the trek across the state line to Sharon, Pennsylvania to a popular Nascar-themed chicken establishment for "All You Can Eat Wing Night". They would starve themselves for days, take enough bong rips to intensify their already inhuman hunger, then slam down as many chicken wings as their growing bodies could handle in hopes of be crowned Wing Eating Champ (Slob?). I'm not going to say this contributed to my lack of attraction to the male species, but let's just say that the combined aroma of B.O. and BBQ sauce wasn't exactly my idea of an aphrodisiac.

Although the aforementioned wing establishment wasn't located in our home town, my old stomping grounds had no shortage of restaurants where you could consume buckets of poultry appendages. It's nothing shy of disgusting how un-veggie and health food friendly many Midwesterners were, and it really hasn't improved much since I left. To put it nicely, on every corner in L.A. we have Starbucks, but in Ohio it's Old Country Buffet. I thank my lucky stars that Los Angeles lacks such high numbers of red-neck wing and beer restaurants.

In any event, no matter where you live, the summer months are pegged as "Barbecue Season". Company picnic, family reunion, and beach party invitations will flood our mail boxes and Facebook event pages, and 90% of them will require us to "BYOFSV" (Bring Your Own Food, Silly Vegan). Most of us have grown quite accustomed to whipping up a salad and buying a box of veggie burgers for our own peace of mind. We're also quite accustomed to the weird stares from everyone chowing down on t-bones, wings and potato salad.

Well, not anymore. Stand over those hot coals and grill with pride...and a little mischievous FU glint in your eyes. You'll feel the satisfaction of a job well done when your omni friends bite into a cruelty free chicken wing and jump in amazement at how delicious (and spicy!) vegan BBQ can really be.

Bourbon Buffalo Mole "Chicken" Wings
with Vegan Bleu Cheese Avocado Oil Aioli

Bourbon Buffalo Mole "Chicken" Wings
  • 2 batches Chicken Style Seitan, cut into "wing" shaped pieces
  • 3 TBSP Vegan Margarine
  • 1/2 large Shallot, finely diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced or pressed
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 3 TBSP Organic Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Agave Nectar
  • 4 oz. Chili Sauce
  • 4 oz. Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper, to taste
In a large saucepan, melt the vegan margarine. Add the shallot and garlic cloves and saute about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the bourbon, brown sugar and the agave to heat through, about 1 minute. Next add the chili sauce, barbecue sauce, chili powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon and hot sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes. Add then taste for salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve.

For the "chicken wings"...

Grill Method:
Spray your grill rack or grill pan with non-stick spray, and get the grill or pan pre-heating.

Pour the Bourbon Buffalo Mole Sauce over the "wing" shaped pieces of chicken seitan. Toss well to coat. Insert some sucker sticks, popsicle sticks or bamboo skewers into the ends of each wing (optional).

Grill each wing for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned and warmed through.

Fry method:
Heat a good amount of oil (about 1-2 inches) in a deep, heavy skillet or deep-fryer. Fry the wings until golden brown. Remove the wings from the oil and drain. Insert some sucker sticks, popsicle sticks or bamboo skewers into the ends of each wing (optional), then pour the Bourbon Buffalo Mole Sauce over the wings and toss well to coat.

Vegan Bleu Cheese Avocado Oil Aioli

  • 1/2 cup MimicCreme (or Soy Creamer)
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Sour Cream
  • 1/3 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 package Sunergia Soyfoods Soy Bleu Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Avocado Oil
  • 1 TBSP Fresh Dill
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
First, place the Soy Bleu and garlic cloves in a food processor or blender, and pulse about 10 times to break them up a bit.

Then add the remaining ingredients except the avocado oil to the blender or food processor, and turn the machine on high. While the machine is running, slowly pour in the avocado oil until all the ingredients are fully incorporated. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Frisee, Carrot and Celery Stick Slaw
with Toasted Garlic and Cumin Vinaigrette

  • 2 medium Carrots
  • 4 stalks Celery
  • 1 small Red Onion
  • 1/2 Corn Kernels
  • 2 heads Frisee, torn into pieces
  • 3 TBSP fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 1/2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin
  • 3 TBSP Brown Rice Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Dice all veggies (except corn) uniformly into matchstick size pieces. Toss Frisee with and touch of salt and pepper, then combine with chopped veggies.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cumin and cook for about 1 minute. Remove from heat, then whisk in vinegar and lemon juice. Add dressing and cilantro to veggie/frisee mixture and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


Ricki said...

I just love those "wing-shaped pieces"! The new layout looks great, too! :)

iRaw said...

Oh yum, this looks so good! Your blog is always a pleasure to visit.

Mihl said...

What a beautiful presentation! Those chicken wings look mouth watering.

Anonymous said...

I love your new blog layout/look! Well done :-)


brea said...

i can attest to the deliciousness of this meal.

quarrygirl said...

omfg i am dying that looks so good. ha, can you come over and cook for me? :/

Jes said...

I'm loving the layout and the wingz look so darn delicious! And the blue cheeze--I so wish I lived around the corner from you and could show up at your door and sample your recipes!!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

AMAZING! I want these badly.

Glauce said...

Wow, the blog looks even more beautiful!!

I loved the recipe of "Vegan Bleu Cheese Avocado Oil Aioli", sounds different and deliciouos ;-)

Recipe man said...

this looks amazing. i just love it

Terra said...

I recently discovered your blog through my vegan idol, Natasha at Voracious Vegan. Hot winge were one of my favorite foods, so I love a good meatless version. And these are fantastic! The bourban sauce is amazing. I wanted to drink it. It was also great on some sweet potato fries. I did make a small change. At the last minute I substituted the agave with molasses. And I didn't have any chili sauce, so I doubled (or more) the Crystal hot sauce. It was so good! The seitan was awesome as well. I'm so glad to discover the no-chicken paste. I think I need to knead it a bit more next time as it was really airy, not chewy enough. But I'll try again soon. I already know I'll be craving these often. Too bad there's no vegan bleu cheese or MimicCreme around here.

JennShaggy said...

Thanks, Terra.

I don't know where you're located, but Whole Foods Markets are starting to carry MimicCreme, and already carry Sunergia products. If you don't see either item on their shelves, they're usually happy to place special orders free of charge.

I found the sauce to be just as addicting. I even put it on a sandwich :)

Lauren said...

i've totally been craving some vegan buffalo wings..but the recipes i've tried have been total bummers. i'm excited to try yours!!
and i agree....i dont know what is so "awesome" about eating as many hot wings as possible..haha it's quite silly ;)
i'm loving your layout looks really nice!

Farty Girl said...

Jesus Christ... did you go to art school? You cut that seitan like it's meat exactly. It took me a sec... I was like, wait, am I looking at a vegan blog for real? Beautiful work.

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