Loaded with flavor but without the fat and calories of chicken, these Cauliflower Buffalo Bites are a delicious, healthy option.
Buffalo Chicken Wings are one of my favorite appetizers and one of our favorite restaurants serves the best! I’m still trying to perfect a copycat recipe so I’ll let you know when I do. So, this post is not to say that I’ll never eat chicken wings again, but Cauliflower Buffalo Bites are so tasty and full of the perfect Buffalo chicken wing goodness without all the bad fat from the wing skins. Plus if like me, you have someone in your house who doesn’t eat meat (in our case a young person who won’t eat chicken since we have pet chickens), this is the perfect option for them.
Ready in less than 30 minutes, the cauliflower bakes twice in the oven. The cauliflower first goes in with some dry seasonings and gets roasted just enough and then tossed with the wing sauce and butter (coconut oil works great for vegan option). The reason for baking twice is, you don’t want the wings to get soggy and this helps prevent sogginess from happening. I must insist one thing for your cauliflower buffalo bites; be sure to use Frank’s Buffalo Style Hot Sauce for the recipe. It makes all the Buffalo Wing difference!
I serve the Cauliflower Buffalo Bites with regular Buffalo wing dipping sauces and accompaniments. Here I’ve just combined equal amounts of mayonnaise and sour cream, then toss in blue cheese crumbles, season with black pepper and a dash of the hot sauce. Add carrot and celery sticks too.
Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
- 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
- Olive oil to drizzle
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 1 Tablespoon melted butter, Use coconut oil for vegan option
- ½ to ¾ cup Frank's Buffalo Wing Style hot sauce, or other hot wing sauce of choice
- 1 gallon or larger size plastic bag
- *I probably use about ⅔ cup of hot sauce and they have just enough heat.
- Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
- Place bite-size cauliflower florets into plastic bag. Drizzle olive oil over florets to barely coat.
- Add 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, ¼ a teaspoon of salt and ⅛ a teaspoon of pepper. Close bag and toss ingredients around so all florets are coated.
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet or baking pan and bake on middle rack for 15 minutes, turning florets once during baking. Check them at the 10 minute mark for desired tenderness. You don't want them to be soggy!
- Remove florets from oven. Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in medium glass bowl. Add ½ to ¾ a cup of hot sauce to butter. Toss cauliflower and stir to cover all florets with hot sauce. Start with about half the sauce and add more to your taste.
- Return to oven and cook for additional 5 minutes.
- Serve with any dip you like, ranch dressing or Blue Cheese dip.
Adapted from Gal On A Mission.