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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
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

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?

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Mmm!  Not low-fat, but absolutely delicious! :D

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This would be perfect with the fried rice I just made... so that means I'm on my way to buy some tempeh!!!!!  I HAVE to try this. :P

Will post the results later.

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Terrific and simple recipe.  I've finally found a way to enjoy tempeh!!  I fried the strips in Earth Balance then coated with a spicy-ish BBQ sauce and sprinkled with green tabasco sauce. I baked at 325 for about 10 minutes to give the 'wings' a nice, sticky glaze.

I had carrots and celery on the side with a ranch-like dip I made using a couple tablespoons of veganaise, splash of lemon juice, couple shakes of dill, and pepper.

This was so simple, yet completely satisfied my craving!

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I followed mdvegan's advice and "battered, then dipped, then baked"--and it WAS great!

I used Sriracha hot chili sauce (I call it rooster sauce because it has a rooster on the bottle), which I toned down some with ketchup (but I also added a little Tabasco)--I mixed this with a melted Earth Balance buttery stick.  For the batter, I mixed equal parts whole wheat flour and soy milk and added a spoonful of sugar, a pinch of salt and a little vinegar.  I coated each piece of tempeh (after steaming) in the batter and then the sauce and baked them in a casserole dish. 

The second time I made it, I had a lot of sauce left over, so I just poured it all over the top, to where the tempeh was sort of drowning in it.  I think that made it even better.

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These are wonderful! I enjoyed them so much.

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I battered, then dipped, then baked and it was great!

(batter was 7 grain flour, garlic,  salt and pepper for the dry and soy milk, hot sauce, and a splash of vinegar for the wet.  dip was hot sauce and earth balance.  baking was 425*F for 30 minutes.  use NONstick foil!!!)

I also steamed the tempeh for 15 minutes prior to using.

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This has to be the most tasteful, satisfying, kick your ass unhealthy thing I have had in a long time. I LOVED  every second of IT! This place in Asheville makes these and I keep going on the wrong nights so I was excited to see this recipe. After I fried the hell out of the tempeh I beer battered it, fried it again, added the sauce (with melted earth balance in it), and then broiled them for a few to brown (told you, unhealthy). HOLY F*ck were they good. This is the first time my husband would eat tempeh, as it was barely recognizable with all the frying and what-not!  I find it hard to believe that I used to be a wing girl....now I can be again, minus the feathers.  :) d**n I forgot to take a picture. I will take one of the leftovers tomorrow.

I forgot to mention......I served this with Flashback mac and cheese from this site, and some sauteed collard greens. It was the perfect meal!!!

i think I know what dinner is going to be tomorrow night!

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holy crap!!! little2ant, i love you!!! this was AMAZING! i used frozen tofu and this was still great!

mmmm!!!!!!!!

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This has to be the most tasteful, satisfying, kick your ass unhealthy thing I have had in a long time. I LOVED  every second of IT! This place in Asheville makes these and I keep going on the wrong nights so I was excited to see this recipe. After I fried the hell out of the tempeh I beer battered it, fried it again, added the sauce (with melted earth balance in it), and then broiled them for a few to brown (told you, unhealthy). HOLY F*ck were they good. This is the first time my husband would eat tempeh, as it was barely recognizable with all the frying and what-not!  I find it hard to believe that I used to be a wing girl....now I can be again, minus the feathers.  :) d**n I forgot to take a picture. I will take one of the leftovers tomorrow.

I forgot to mention......I served this with Flashback mac and cheese from this site, and some sauteed collard greens. It was the perfect meal!!!

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