Who needs buffalo wings when you have cauliflower showing off its spicy side? Toss these veggie bites in Charlie's Saucery glaze, and watch your guests forget they ever knew what a chicken wing was.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites:
- 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk (or plant-based milk for a vegan option)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup Charlie's Saucery Hot Sauce
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (or vegan butter for a vegan option), melted
- Green onions, chopped (for garnish)
- Ranch or blue cheese dressing (for dipping)
Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
Prepare the Batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper until you have a smooth batter.
Coat the Cauliflower: Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, ensuring it's well-coated. Shake off any excess batter and place the coated florets on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each piece.
Bake the Cauliflower: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cauliflower is golden brown and crispy.
Prepare the Buffalo Sauce: While the cauliflower is baking, in a separate bowl, mix Charlie's Saucery Hot Sauce and melted butter. Whisk until well combined.
Toss in Buffalo Sauce: Once the cauliflower is done, transfer the baked florets to a large mixing bowl. Pour the Charlie's Saucery and butter mixture over the cauliflower, tossing gently to coat each piece evenly.
Bake Again: Place the coated cauliflower back on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the bites are crispy and the sauce has caramelized.
Serve and Garnish: Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped green onions. Serve the buffalo cauliflower bites with your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a delicious, spicy twist on a classic favorite, and your guests won't believe they're not indulging in traditional buffalo wings!