Friday, February 1, 2013

GF & DF Superbowl Party Foods - Buffalo "Chicken" Cauliflower Bites

When I found this recipe I knew it had real possibility as a Super Bowl Party snack!  You know, a snack that's out of the ordinary . . . one that keeps people talking and asking for the recipe!


After a quick review of both the recipe and the comments, I knew just what to do.  You will find my comments that keep this recipe GF and DF in red.

Here's to a super delicious, super easy, and super healthy, Super Bowl Snack!

Dr. P


BUFFALO “CHICKEN” CAULIFLOWER BITES

I did something super weird, you guys.
I made Buffalo Chicken out of cauliflower.
No, I’m not going vegetarian on you. I just happened to see this recipe from PETA  and decided that um, yeah. It needed to happen. Like, immediately.
And that’s the story of how I ate cauliflower covered in buffalo sauce for breakfast yesterday.
These were surprisingly good. At least, the flavor was. The texture was kind of weird for me. I think I was anticipating some crunch, but the cauliflower was completely cooked which made it soft.
Will I make these again? Probably. Next time I’m going to try frying them, though. I think the batter will stick bettter, crisp up more, and the cauliflower won’t have time to cook as much leaving some of that crunch there.   I know how y’all feel about frying though, so try the baked version! It’s good stuff!
Buffalo “Chicken” Cauliflower Bites
Buffalo “Chicken” Cauliflower Bites
Ingredients
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces
  • 1 cup flour - I used brown rice flour - you could also substitute GF Tempura Batter Mix - this keeps the coating crispy
  • 1 cup milk - I used unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter - to keep this vegan you can substitute olive oil and 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix together the flour, milk, garlic powder, and salt to form a thin batter.
  3. Coat the cauliflower pieces in the batter and place on a shallow baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes.
  5. While the cauliflower is baking, heat the hot sauce and butter together over low heat until the butter has melted.
  6. Toss the baked cauliflower gently in the hot sauce mixture. This can create the coating to get a little "limp" so you can just use it as a dipping sauce if you like.  This works especially well if your guests are grazing over a longer time frame.
  7. Return to the baking sheet and bake for another 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with ranch dressing or blue cheese, for dipping. - See my recipe on tomorrow's blog for Creamy Dipping Sauce

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