Can we all agree that cauliflower is one of the most amazing vegetables on the planet? Ok, I know I’m exaggerating, but what other veggie can you make into pizza crust, use as a rice substitute, eat raw, or mash up like potatoes? Not to say that I’m a super-fan or anything, but I’m definitely a fan. It’s one of the few veggies, besides spinach, that I don’t mind eating a couple of times a week. My 3 year old is the same way. When I made a batch of Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and he took my whole plate and gobbled it down (I really wasn’t trying to share with him) I knew that I had to share this recipe with you all because you know that I love spicy food, like in this shrimp recipe! The flavor and crunch of the batter paired with the spiciness of the sauce makes it great for an appetizer or even a side dish. Enjoy! (The ingredients I used makes this a vegan recipe, but you can always make substitutions.)
Ingredients for Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
For the Batter
1 Medium Head of Cauliflower, Chopped
½ Cup Milk (I used almond milk)
¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour
¼ Cup Cornmeal
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Onion Powder
1 Tsp. Salt
½ Tsp. Black Pepper
½ Tsp. Smoked Paprika
For the Sauce
½ Cup Hot Sauce
¼ Cup Butter, Melted (I used vegan butter)
In a medium bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika. Set aside. In a medium bowl, pour milk over cauliflower. Tightly place lid on bowl and shake bowl until cauliflower is completely covered with milk. Place the cauliflower into the bowl with the flour mixture. Gently toss the cauliflower in the mixture until it’s fully coated. Dip cauliflower into milk again and toss into flour mixture a second time if you want a double coat of batter.
Over low to medium heat, in about 2 inches of oil, cook battered cauliflower until golden-brown. Remove from heat and set aside in a medium bowl.
In a small bowl, mix hot sauce and butter until fully combined. Pour sauce over cauliflower. Tightly place the lid on the bowl and gently shake until the cauliflower is fully coated. Serve the Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with your favorite dipping sauces.