As a precursor to #WorldlyWednesdays (where I share an easy ethnic recipe every Wednesday in 2019), I’m going to share my original recipe of the South African inspired Peri Peri Cauliflower “Wings”! Now I have made buffalo cauliflower wings before, but these exceeded my expectations on the taste bud scale.
Traditionally, peri peri sauce incorporates paprika, garlic, lemon juice, chili flakes, African bird’s eye chilis, salt, olive oil and herbs. I simply purchased Trader Joe’s Traditional Tunisian Harissa Paste ($1.99), which is made of fresh red peppers (capsicum annum), garlic, salt, sunflower oil, coriander, citric acid, and caraway, in replacement of peri peri sauce. I was curious what others had to say about this wonderful condiment, and I stumbled across these amazing reviews! Check ’em out. Just a heads up before trying harissa paste- it’s SPICY!!! If you don’t like heat in your food, I wouldn’t bother with it. If you do, go for it with this warning in mind. On a positive note, spicy foods are known to aid in digestion and increase metabolic rates. 🙂
I have strayed away from cauliflower for a bit now, but I revisited its nutritional benefits and was met with a pleasant surprise after downing an entire head of cauliflower by myself ; ) . Cauliflower is extremely light in calories. Every cup is about 25 calories, and it contains an array of vitamins and minerals essential for bodily functions. It also contains nearly 3g of fiber per cup, which aids in satiation and digestive health. I try to provide nutrition content without getting too scientific and because I am technically not a professional yet, but I’m workin on it!
Alright, alright. I’ll give you what you came here for- the recipe!
Peri Peri Cauliflower “Wings”
Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: 30-40 minutes
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 cup milk or nut milk of choice
- 3/4 cup of flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Flour) You may need to add more depending on your use and amount of cauliflower.
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- sprinkle lemon pepper (from TJs) or regular pepper
- 1 jar Harissa Paste (may be purchased at Trader Joes)
*The sauce recipe pictured above is a blend of 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp fresh chives, 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, 1/2 lemon freshly squeezed, a pinch of salt, and 1 tsp garlic powder. Process the herbs first to break down before adding the remaining ingredients. SO fresh and complementary to the “wings”.
- Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking pan with aluminum oil and lightly coat with oil of choice.
- Wash and dry head of cauliflower. Cut into medium size florets (about the size of wings). Place milk in one small bowl and the flour, paprika, garlic salt, and pepper in the other. Mix the flour mixture well.
- Carefully dip each floret into the milk first. Let it drip a couple of seconds before coating in the flour mixture. If you proceed too quickly, the flour mixture will get clumpy and won’t stick to the last of the florets.
- Place the coated florets in the lined baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. While the cauliflower bakes, you may blend the harissa paste to make it more fluid and easy to apply. I did not do this, but in this midst of coating the cauliflower, I wish I had.
- Remove the pan and generously coat each floret with harissa paste.
- Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the sauce looks slightly dried and crispy.
- Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy with or without the homemade sauce. PLEASE let me know what you think of this recipe! I’d love to hear your feedback before re-sharing it as Super Bowl Sunday recipe suggestions.
Thank you! XO Danielle