I love cauliflower. Like, really love it. It didn’t used to be a food I really thought much about, but something happened in the last few years and I just can’t get enough of the stuff. I love it raw, roasted, tandoori roasted, and I just discovered this week that I love it mashed, too (recipe coming eventually to the old blogaroo). These spicy buffalo cauliflower bites are a whole new preparation (for me, at least — I know they’re already a thing in the blogosphere) — spicy and loaded with flavor, with a creamy, moist cauliflower inside. Yum! They would be a great snack for parties, football games, or if you’re just spending the day on the couch, like me, watching movies and TV. Be sure to serve with celery at the least, and a vegan ranch dressing if you like that sort of thing. They do need something cooling to complement their spiciness.
When I started thinking about making these, I looked online for recipes for buffalo cauliflower and most of the recipes I found used a batter. I didn’t like the idea of doing a batter for these; it sounded messy and I remembered that most of the buffalo wings I ate before becoming vegan were not battered. So I looked up recipes for buffalo wings and then adapted the best of those in conjunction with some of the buffalo cauliflower recipes. The result, I think, is quite nice. A light batter feel without the messiness of the dipping.
1 head of cauliflower
2 TBLS vegetable oil
1/2 TSP salt
3/4 TSP garlic powder
generous grinds of black pepper
1 CUP all-purpose flour (or GF flour)
1 CUP buffalo sauce or your favorite hot sauce (I don’t have a particular brand recommendation, but see what your local grocery carries and check the ingredients to make sure it’s vegan).
Preheat oven to 450° F. Cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Toss in a bowl with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Put the flour in a plastic bag (a reused produce bag works well for this) with the cauliflower and shake until the cauliflower is well-coated with the flour. Prepare a greased baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment (this is the best) and place the flour-covered cauliflower on the sheet. Bake for 18 minutes. In the same bowl you used to toss the cauliflower and oil, gently toss the cauliflower together with the hot sauce. When the cauliflower is nicely coated with the sauce, gently place the cauliflower bites back on the pan and pop them into the oven for another 5-8 minutes. Serve with celery and your favorite vegan ranch dressing (if you like that sort of thing).
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You had me at Buffalo!
Kevin – ha! This made me laugh. 🙂
Kevin, let’s make some!
Just FYI Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce is, in fact, vegan (and sold pretty much everywhere). It lists something like “butter-like flavor” on the ingredients list but Frank’s has made numerous statements insuring customers that there are not actually any animal derived products in there. The “butter-like” substance is a plant based oil blend.
Thank, Lucy! I used Frank’s in this recipe and thought it was quite delicious (thanks, ABF!). Is Frank’s your favorite sauce or do you have others you recommend trying?
Frank’s… “I put that S*** on everything!” 🙂
I’m newly separated from animal products – 2 weeks, cold turkey (pun intended). Found this great recipe and your wonderful little corner of the web through Tastespotting. I’m now making this for the second time in three days, lol. Thanks!
I can definitely see putting Frank’s on everything. It’s so good! And welcome! So glad you found the blog and have been enjoying the buffalo cauliflower. 🙂 That’s awesome that you’re on the path away from animal products.
I just tried these out and they were awesome!Thanks for the great recipe and congrats on the new e-book!
Awesome! Thanks, Darell! So glad you enjoyed the buffalo cauliflower. Hope you’re doing well! 🙂
WHOA WHOA WHOA. Must make.
Franks is the best, hands down! My friend Elizabeth brought me another brand from Maryland that was very good, but I cannot remember what it was.
As a native Buffalonian, I have to advise against using ranch. The right way is bleu cheese dressing, but there must be a vegan variation.
Thanks, LKate! Yes, I’m pretty sure there are vegan bleu cheese dressings out there. We didn’t grow up eating bleu cheese because my mom was allergic, so we always had ranch instead. But this is great to know!
For the uninitiated, how spicy is Frank’s?
Frank’s has a ‘Hot Buffalo’ and just a ‘Buffalo’ sauce. I like spicy food and I consider the regular ‘Buffalo’ to be pretty spicy. I can eat half a batch of these myself, but I definitely need a break for celery in between.
Frank’s is not too spicy — more heavy on the flavor. Similar to the heat in Cholula if you will.
I’m going to try making these with coconut oil…. and I’m not vegan (but always looking for creative ways to eat veggies) so I’ll be going full on with the blue cheese! Can’t wait!
Thanks for the recipe! It was great for our Super Bowl festivities yesterday. I wrote about it on my blog http://www.disneykatie.com/1/post/2014/02/buffalo-cauliflower-wings.html and gave you some press 🙂
Katie — Thanks so much for posting about the cauliflower! I’m so glad you liked the recipe. 🙂
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