Vegan Buffalo Wings with Creamy Blue "Cheez" Dressing and Celery Sticks

Yield: 12 wings

The result of a request from a cooking student and now pal, Anne Frerichs, this recipe will make you think you’ve fallen off the vegan wagon. The result of cobbling together recipes from vegan divas, Sarah Kramer and Jo Stepaniak, along with one from Americanfoods.com, this dish may well be voted MVP: Most Valuable Party Food, but it is great for dinner or a snack too. The boneless wings are quickly formed from simple homemade seitan or “wheat meat” before being simmered in a mock chicken stock, coated, pan-fried and tossed with the stir-together Buffalo sauce which claims to be the authentic recipe from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. Televised football game or not, you will score big when you serve these wings with tangy faux bleucheez” dressing and crunchy celery sticks. PLEASE don’t be deterred by what looks like a lengthy prep process. While the seitan simmers for about an hour in the stock, you can prepare the wing sauce and the bleu “cheez” dressing, both of which just stir together, and cut the celery.

approximately 4 celery sticks, rinsed, trimmed and cut into 2-3” lengths (wrap and store in refrigerator)

Chicken Mock Stock

2 cups water
¼ cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons tamari
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried sage
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon celery seed

Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and set aside while you make the wings.

Basic Wings (Seitan or “Wheat Meat”)

1 cup instant vital wheat gluten flour
1 cup water

In a medium bowl, stir together wheat gluten and water until completely combined. Knead for about 3 minutes (many recipes say 5 minutes, but I think the extra minutes toughen the product). Shape the seitan into a short baguette (about 5 inches long). Cut in half lengthwise and then in half again crosswise. Cut or pull each quarter into 3 roughly equal pieces. Bring stock to a boil. Stretch each “wing” a little before placing carefully into stock. Reduce heat to a very slow simmer and cover pot with lid. Let simmer for 50-60 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes (or whenever you think of it), until broth has almost completely reduced. If it doesn’t, no worries. (Pieces will expand, but shrink back down.) Use immediately or store in the refrigerator (for up to 6 days) or the freezer (for up to 6 months). For a chewier texture once you have simmered the seitan, follow the directions below for fried chicken before tossing with the Buffalo sauce. Alternatively, you may bake the wings at 350 degrees in a lightly oiled baking dish for 30 minutes before tossing with sauce. Serve wings slightly warm or at room temperature with celery sticks and Creamy Blue Cheez Dressing.

Source: La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer

Jay-Lo’s Fried Chicken

¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup unsweetened soy milk
1 recipe chicken-flavored seitan
1/8” of canola oil

In a shallow dish, stir together the dry ingredients. Set aside. Pour milk into a small bowl and set aside. Dip wings into flour, then dip in milk, and then into the flour again. In a large skillet on medium-high heat, fry the wings in about 1/4 inch of oil, turning once, until well-browned on both sides (this will take a few minutes on each side). Meanwhile, prepare Buffalo sauce. When chicken is browned, toss with sauce.

Source: La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer

Almost Authentic Buffalo Wing Sauce

6 tablespoons Earth Balance (if not using a salted vegan butter, add ¼ teaspoon salt)
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar (may be too much tang; you decide)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce or Bragg’s Amino Acids
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
6 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce (preferably Frank’s brand)

In a small saucepan over medium heat–or in a bowl in the microwave–melt butter. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Sauce will thicken and coat wings perfectly as it cools to room temperature or slightly above.

Note: I think the sauce is plenty fiery without the cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce. Also, the faux blue “cheese” is very tangy, so you may prefer to omit the vinegar in the wing sauce lest the whole dish be too acidic.
Source: adapted from Americanfoods.com (claims to be the authentic sauce from Buffalo’s Anchor Bar)

Creamy Blue Cheez Dressing

½ cup sesame tahini
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon crushed garlic or garlic powder
1 teaspoon light miso
¼ teaspoon pepper (use white to prevent black flecks)
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes or 3 tablespoons fresh minced parsley

In a medium bowl or food processor, beat together first 6 ingredients until creamy and smooth. Vigorously beat in lemon juice and vinegar until well combined. Stir in parsley or add a very small rinsed and drained bunch to the food processor and pulse a few times to mince and distribute. Keeps 10-14 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Stir well before serving.

Source: slightly adapted from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak (the only changes I made were to omit all of the water, as it made the dressing far too thin, and add more parsley).

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9 comments

  1. MVP for sure! 🙂 My meatasaurus husband loves these! I always make more than I think I'll need because somehow they always disappear and people are still looking for more. Bonus: they keep well for the next day and I've frozen them pre-sauced with great results. And that blue cheese dressing is insanely good. You're a genius!

  2. No, you are! I never even thought about freezing. So glad to know that works. Funny you should mention making more than needed because I still have blue cheese dressing and celery, but need more wings. You have the best non-vegan husband when it comes to eating. I took a photo of my meatasaurus husband's so-called dinner last night. I think I will post it to explain one of the reasons why I started this blog: to atone for the utter failure I've been with his diet! 🙂

  3. I will try the creamy blue cheez recipe.

    Sometime ago I read about fermented tofu and green beans on offer at a Chinese restaurant. The review said that the fermented tofu tasted like creamy parmesan.

    A Wikipedia article states that fermented tofu tastes like creamy blue cheese.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermented_bean_curd

    I have seen fermented tofu in jars in the imported food section of large grocery stores, however, I am unwilling to try products that might not be processed under optimal safety conditions.

    Betsy I was wondering if you or one of your readers has a recipe to make fermented tofu?

  4. I think you’ll love it, Katy. I hope! You know, I’ve never cooked with fermented tofu, but now I’m curious and am going to check in the Asian grocery. I hope you get some responses; I’d love to know more from Blooming Platter readers. Thanks so much for the interesting query!

  5. I’ve tried the fermented tofu, it is nice – very strong and salty though! So far I’ve only had it spread thinly on crackers but I should try making a sauce sometime.

    There are lots of different types – chilli, sesame oil and some others.

  6. Thanks for letting us know, Mandy! Do you have a favorite flavor? And do you purchase at a supermarket or a specialty store? Thanks also for the warning about the saltiness. It’s on my list to track down ASAP!

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