Anyway, as y'all know, I'm currently veganizing trendy recipes from the past century for my new vintage vegan cookbook. And hot wings were supposedly invented in the 1960s. The history behind hot wings (or Buffalo wings) is sketchy to say the least, but most stories trace their roots back to Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, owned by the Bellissimo family. The owners either invented them using scrap chicken wings when they were snowed in at the bar one night, or they invented them for their son and his friends as a late-night snack, or they were invented for the mostly Catholic patrons to enjoy after midnight on a no-meat Friday.
Whatever you choose to believe, vegan wings are awesome. Hot sauce + butter + vegan protein. How can you go wrong with that? For my new book, I'm converting the Seitan Hot Wangz recipe from Cookin' Crunk into a tempeh wings recipe.
That ranch on the side is also from Cookin' Crunk, by the way. Most recipes in my new book will be totally new recipes. But since I already had a pretty awesome seitan wings recipe, I figured I shouldn't mess up a good thing. And honestly, as much as I love my seitan wings, I think I like the tempeh ones even better. And they're much easier to make since you don't have to make the tempeh from scratch.
On the side, of course, I had to have Guiltless Gourmet blue corn tortilla chips (you can eat way more for less calories with these!) with Wholly Salsa Guacamole & Spicy Pico and Nacho Mom's Vegan Queso (a Christmas present from my parents). I washed it all down with Lights Out, the new dark Belgian wit from Memphis Made Brewery.