While Eric and I were in L.A. back in May, we had buffalo cauliflower for the first time at Sage Organic Bistro in Culver City (beautiful restaurant!). He couldn't stop talking about the buffalo cauliflower!
I procrastinated for a while at making a version for him at home, so guess what he said?
He would eat regular chicken if I didn't make it. Ha! He knew exactly what to say to get me going.
He play too much! *side eye* lol
Anywho, I've made this several times and it's amazing! Eric and the boys love it, too!
I think often it's not the meat that we're craving but it's the sauce that is drenched on that meat.
This is a more compassionate and healthier alternative than chicken wings. I haven't tried it with BBQ sauce (or any other sauce) but I'm sure it would be just as good if you're looking for variety.
*I know the picture looks crispy but the cauliflower is NOT. Don't get me wrong, the texture is great, but you'll probably have to deep fry it to truly get a crunchy texture. I haven't fried it yet, but I would assume you need to double the batter if you decide to.
*I'm surprised the boys love it so much...being that it's spicy. I notice Texas Pete hot sauce is milder than Frank's RedHot in this recipe, so you can experiment with that if the babies (your kids) are eating it.
Song playing while I baked: Freddie Jackson- "Have You Ever Loved Somebody"
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~*~FULL RECIPE AND VIDEO BELOW ~*~
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 40
Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into bite sized pieces
- ½ cup rice or all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup hot sauce
- 1 tbsp vegan margarine, melted (Earth Balance is a good brand)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, garlic powder and water.
Mix in cauliflower, being sure that all the pieces are coated.
Place cauliflower on a baking sheet in a single layer (use parchment paper or oil to prevent it from sticking).
Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together the hot sauce and margarine.
Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl.
Pour on the sauce, being sure to coat all the cauliflower pieces.
Place the cauliflower back on the baking sheet and roast for 18-25 more minutes.
Let it cool for 10 minutes and serve with vegan ranch dressing.