Cauliflower florets coated in a crispy spiced crust, served with hot buffalo sauce and a side of Vegan Blue Cheese Dip? Oh, hi there good lookin'. I know exactly what you got cookin', and I like it, I like it a lot.
Hot dang these are good little dudes. I made sure of that for you by testing them three times, just to be sure, for testing purposes only, clearly.
There is just something about eating with your hands, sauciness dripping down your arm, flavour punching bar food deliciousness that I just NEED every now and then. The need is real.
Then this happened. And by this, I mean Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower. Now I've had cauliflower bites in various different ways, and they are delicious, but these crispy buffalo cauliflower bites just went from delicious all the way up to why am I not eating these every day, good. Yeah, I know, it makes me really excited too.
How did I make them so different, you ask? My super secret (internet published) technique is that instead of just a simple flour batter, I went another step and coated them in a spice cornflake crust. The result: crispy (but not fried), spiced, addictive, buffalo sauce, must...not...eat...the entire plate. Can't resist!
To make Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower: Add the corn flakes and spices to a food processor. Pulse several times until the corn flakes are broken down, but still have texture. This is where the crunch comes in so don't turn it to powder!
Take three large bowls, and in bowl 1, add the all-purpose flour. In bowl 2, mix together the chia (or flax) and water. In bowl 3, add the cornflake mixture.
Now rinse your cauliflower florets so they are wet. Take a handful at a time and drop them in the flour and toss to coat.
Next drop them in the chia mixture and toss to coat.
Finally, toss them in the corn flake mixture.
Lay them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 20 t0 25 minutes until crispy and cooked all the way through. You can test doneness by piercing a floret with a knife to see if it's tender all the way through.
To make the buffalo sauce, simply mix melted vegan butter with the hot sauce. You can pour the buffalo sauce directly on the cauliflower, but it will soften the crust. If you want to keep them super crispy, simply serve the buffalo sauce on the side and dip as you go.
These are perfect served with my Vegan Blue Cheese Dip.
Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower
- ½ cup all-purpose flour (or all-purpose gluten-free flour blend)
- 2 tablespoons ground chia or ground flax
- ¾ cup warm water
- 4 cups corn flakes
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
For the rest:
- 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
- ½ cup franks red hot (or other similar hot sauce)
- 3 tablespoons vegan butter, melted
- Preheat your oven to 400F (200C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Grab three big bowls. In the first bowl, add the flour. In the second bowl, mix together the chia and water. For the third bowl, add the corn flakes, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to a food processor. Pulse several times until broken down, but there is still some texture. Pour the corn flake mixture into the last bowl.
- Rinse your cauliflower florets so they are wet. Take a handful at a time and drop them in the flour and toss to coat. Next drop them in the chia mixture and toss to coat. Finally, toss them in the corn flake mixture. Spread them out on the parchment paper lined baking sheet so that they aren't touching. Repeat with all of the florets until you have used up all of your ingredients.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and crusty, and the cauliflower is tender all the way through. You can test doneness by piercing a floret with a knife to see if it's tender all the way through
- To make the buffalo sauce, simply mix the melted vegan butter with the hot sauce. You can pour the buffalo sauce directly on the cauliflower, but it will soften the crust. If you want to keep them super crispy, simply serve the buffalo sauce on the side and dip as you go.
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