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Spicy Cauli Wings

Serves 4 as a snack

For the cauli wings:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower

  • 150g plain flour

  • 300ml plant-based milk

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1⁄2 tsp salt

  • 1⁄4 tsp pepper

  • 100g panko breadcrumbs

  • 120g dairy-free butter

  • 200g buffalo hot sauce

  • For the ranch sauce:

  • 150g cashew nuts

  • 150ml plant-based milk

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 3⁄4 tsp salt

  • 1⁄4 tsp black pepper

  • handful of fresh parsley

  • 4 chives

Preheat oven to 180°C | Line 2 baking trays | Small saucepan of boiling water on high heat | Food processor or liquidiser

Add the cashew nuts to the pan of boiling water and boil for 15 minutes, then strain and run under cold water to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, break the cauliflower into florets and cut the stem into bite-sized pieces

Put the flour, plant-based milk, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper into a bowl and whisk to a batter | Pour the panko breadcrumbs into another bowl and rub them between your thumb and fingers to break into slightly smaller breadcrumbs.

Tip the cauliflower into the batter and toss to coat | Transfer to the bowl of breadcrumbs, a few pieces at a time, and toss gently until well coated | Spread the cauliflower pieces over the lined baking trays and bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the dairy-free butter in the microwave and stir in the hot sauce.

After 20 minutes, remove the tray from the oven, pour over the hot sauce and carefully roll the cauliflower around until the pieces are fully coated | Put the tray back in the oven for 20–25 minutes, until a sharp knife glides into the thickest parts of the cauliflower and the outsides are really golden brown and crispy | Remove from the oven.

While the cauliflower is cooking, put all the ingredients for the ranch sauce except for the herbs into the food processor or liquidiser and whizz for 1–2 minutes until smooth and creamy | Transfer to a serving bowl | Finely chop the parsley and chives and add most of them to the sauce, reserving a little for garnish.

Place the hot cauli wings onto a serving plate with the bowl of ranch sauce on the side for dipping.  Garnish with the remaining chopped herbs.

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