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Buffalo Tempeh Wings

What you need: 

1 block tempeh
1 cup (roughly) vegetable oil
1 cup Buffalo-style sauce
fixings (celery, salad dressing, etc.)

What you do: 

This recipe was inspired by The Top in Gainesville.
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a skillet or frying pan - use enough to be at least a half inch deep.
Meanwhile, cut the tempeh into half-inch thick slices. Set up a plate with some paper towels on it next to the stove.
Drop the tempeh into the oil and fry for about 10 minutes, turning it so all the sides get a nice, dark golden color.
When all the "wings" are dark and crispy, use a slotted spoon or spider to pull them out of the oil, and drain them on the paper towels.
Pour your Buffalo sauce into a bowl, then add a few of the tempeh pieces. Mix them around so they're coated, or cover the bowl and shake it. Repeat with the rest of the "wings" until they're all done.
Serve 'em up with celery and carrot sticks, and your favorite salad dressing for dipping.
I had this dish at The Top in Gainesville, FL awhile ago, and I had to try it at home. I was really pleased at how easy it was and how well they turned out. I heartily recommend them with a side of sweet potato fries, just like at The Top.

Preparation Time: 
5 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
2-3
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

These are awesome! I slice my tempeh really thin and fry it till it is kinda dark. I have tried it with buffalo sauce and teriyaki sauce but I think it would be awesome with just about any sauce you want. Thank you thank you thank you for this recipe. I have been dying for buffalo wings!

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Ok, hold the phones- these are AMAZING! I also went with mdvegan's suggestion, but had my own spin on it. I steamed my tempeh as well (I was using Soy Boy 5 grain) and, in the mean time, made my sauce. I melted a third of a cup of Smart Balance and used a little over a fourth of a cup of Cayenne Pepper Sauce. After the sauce was done (I added more tabasco to taste), I mixed up garbanzo bean flour, garlic, ground cayenne pepper, sea salt, and black pepper. I then cut the tempeh into strips, first dipping it in the wing sauce, then in the flour mixture, and then back in the wing sauce. I also put it in the oven at 425, but mine only took 20 minutes (I flipped after ten). The only thing I think might make it better is if you made a little extra wing sauce to put on them after they come out of the oven, but they are fine without it. Yum!! (Thanks so much!)

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This recipe came out great.  I got an immediate positive yum from my husband.  We had some tempeh in the fridge and came across this recipe.  I also checked out THE TOP restaurant in Gainesville and will have to stop by when I come through again.  I did use some liquid smoke that I put in the oil when cooking them and sprinkled in a little bit of garlic powder and paprika.

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WOW. These were really good! Here is what I did:

Steamed tempeh for 15 minutes. While steaming, dumped a small bottle of barbecue sauce in a bowl with some ketchup to cool it off and some melted Earth balance. In another bowl, I put mostly wheat flour, with a little nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt, pepper... then added enough soymilk (and a splash of white vinegar) to make a thick batter. Dropped steamed tempeh in the batter (tried to fork it in there, but it broke in half), then in hot sauce mixture (needed to spoon it over), then into casserole dish. Poured leftover hot sauce on top of tempeh, and baked at 425 for 30 minutes. So sort of combined a few of the suggestions.

I also fried some potatoes in EVOO with oregano, garlic salt, onion salt, pepper, and chili powder to make seasoned fries. They went GREAT together.

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This was absolutely delicious! Simple and quick. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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These were totally radical! :>
I actually made them twice over the holiday weekend....the first time I made them, I fried them, then soaked them in buffalo sauce.....used my ranch dressing as a dip and they were awesome!
Then last night, we grilled them (on foil) with the sauce already on them, adding more as they dried out....not as good that way, but definitely healthier.
I didn't even know that I liked buffalo sauce........
I will be making these quite frequently this summer!

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OMG,  YUM!  :)>>> This was frickin' fantastic. Definitely a 'once in awhile' food d/t the fat content, perfect for hangover days which is what I used it for today lol.

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Hahaha, I don't know how I messed that up, but thanks yabbitgirl!  :D

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There must've been something wrong with the tempeh I used because these didn't turn out too well.  It had a sour taste to it. Not to mention that one of the sauces I was going to use had expired...no teriyaki for me.:-\

Any suggestions as to how to make this taste better?  Did you guys use a specific tempeh brand or sauce?

Thank you, yabbitgirl!  I'll definitely try that next time!

Most tempeh improves in flavour if you poach it lightly before using it in your recipe. This removes the "musty" or "skunky" flavour.

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There must've been something wrong with the tempeh I used because these didn't turn out too well.  It had a sour taste to it. Not to mention that one of the sauces I was going to use had expired...no teriyaki for me.:-\

Any suggestions as to how to make this taste better?  Did you guys use a specific tempeh brand or sauce?

Most tempeh improves in flavour if you poach it lightly before using it in your recipe. This removes the "musty" or "skunky" flavour.

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