How to Make Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

How to Make Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Cauliflower bites or “wings” have become popular among vegans and those who want a healthier alternative to chicken wings. Whether you have gone meatless or not, you will surely enjoy this tasty spin on buffalo wings. This dish packs the flavor while providing health benefits, making it the perfect afternoon snack.

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of cauliflower, you may change your mind after trying this recipe! Trust us – you won’t even notice you’re eating a vegetable once you bite into these savory cauliflower bites.

How to make delicious baked buffalo cauliflower bites

Whether you make them for the big game or just an after-work snack, we promise these won’t disappoint!

Gather these kitchen supplies:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Smaller bowl
  • Whisk
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Small pot
  • Spatula

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup milk (plant-based or dairy)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 medium cauliflower
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Greek yogurt, ranch, or blue cheese dressing for dipping (or whatever sauce you like)

Directions:

  1. First, get out the large bowl and pour in the all-purpose flour. Next, add in the paprika, garlic powder, curry powder, and salt & pepper. Use the whisk to blend the ingredients.
  2. Now, pour in the 1/2 cup of milk and 3/4 cup of water, blending again with the whisk.
  3. Next, grab your cutting board and chop up the cauliflower. Start by cutting off the leaves, then cut the cauliflower head in half.
  4. Then, lay the cauliflower halves down and cut them into quarters. Angle your knife to cut the core out of the cauliflower, then pull apart the florets.
  5. For the next step, pour your breadcrumbs into a small bowl.
  6. Dip the cauliflower bites into the bowl with the sauce, covering them thoroughly.
  7. Next, please put them in the breadcrumbs, turning them over to coat completely.
  8. Repeat with all the florets, then place the cauliflower bites onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  10. In a small saucepot, pour in the sriracha sauce and butter. Keep the heat on low, cooking until the butter is melted. Stir with a spatula until the sauce is thick and creamy.
  11. Pour the buffalo sauce over the cauliflower bites, using the spatula to coat thoroughly.
  12. Transfer them back to the baking sheet, cooking at 400 degrees F for another 15 minutes.
  13. Put whatever dipping sauce you’d like in a small bowl, and top with parsley or chives.
  14. Plate the cauliflower bites along with the sauce, and enjoy!

These cauliflower bites will easily fool your omnivorous friends because they look just like chicken wings! While they may have a different texture, the plentiful spices and sauce do well to cover up the crunchiness. Vegans and meat-eaters alike will love this healthy snack.

Why these buffalo cauliflower bites are healthier than chicken wings

Most chicken wings that you find at bars and sports lounges are deep-fried and coated in sugary sauces. They may taste delicious, but they usually leave you feeling heavy and bloated. On the other hand, these cauliflower bites are baked instead of fried, eliminating a lot of calories from oil.

The recipe does contain sugar from the milk, butter, and sriracha sauce. However, as long as you eat a reasonable serving, your sugar intake will be minimal. Chicken wings contain protein, but the high salt and sugar content in this popular bar food counteracts the benefits. Cauliflower doesn’t have a lot of protein, but it offers other impressive benefits.

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