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Recipe for Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: Learn how to cook them

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Vegan Recipe – North America

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe

Introduction: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a delightful twist on the classic buffalo wings, perfect for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone looking for a healthier alternative. These crispy and spicy bites are made from cauliflower florets coated in a zesty buffalo sauce. Paired with dairy-free ranch dressing and celery sticks, they make for a satisfying and tangy appetizer that’s sure to be a hit at parties or gatherings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

For Buffalo Cauliflower Bites:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or chickpea flour for a gluten-free option)
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (such as almond, soy, or oat milk)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray or oil for baking

For Buffalo Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)
  • 1/4 cup melted dairy-free butter or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for desired spiciness)
  • Salt to taste

For Serving:

  • Dairy-free ranch dressing (store-bought or homemade)
  • Celery sticks

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with cooking spray or oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Prepare the Cauliflower: Wash the cauliflower head and cut it into bite-sized florets. Dry them thoroughly using paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. This will help the batter adhere better.
  3. Prepare the Batter: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, non-dairy milk, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper until you have a smooth batter. The batter should be thick enough to coat the cauliflower florets.
  4. 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 onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Bake the Cauliflower: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender and the batter is crispy and golden brown. You can flip the florets halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning.
  6. Prepare the Buffalo Sauce: While the cauliflower is baking, prepare the buffalo sauce by whisking together the hot sauce, melted dairy-free butter or olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt in a bowl. Adjust the cayenne pepper to your desired level of spiciness.
  7. Toss in Buffalo Sauce: Once the cauliflower florets are baked, carefully transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Pour the buffalo sauce over the florets and gently toss them to coat evenly with the sauce.
  8. Final Bake: Place the sauce-coated cauliflower florets back onto the baking sheet and return them to the oven for an additional 5-7 minutes. This step helps the sauce to adhere better and intensifies the flavor.
  9. Serve: Once the cauliflower is crispy and saucy, remove from the oven. Serve the Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with dairy-free ranch dressing and celery sticks on the side for dipping.

Tips:

  • Adjust the spiciness of the buffalo sauce by adding more or less cayenne pepper.
  • For an extra layer of flavor, sprinkle some nutritional yeast over the baked cauliflower bites before tossing them in the buffalo sauce.
  • If you prefer an even crispier texture, you can broil the cauliflower for a couple of minutes after tossing them in the buffalo sauce.
  • Feel free to customize the batter by adding other seasonings like paprika, thyme, or your favorite herbs.
  • Make sure the cauliflower florets are dry before dipping them in the batter to achieve a crispy texture.

Cooking Time: The total cooking time for Buffalo Cauliflower Bites is approximately 40 minutes, including prep and bake time.

Enjoy your delicious Buffalo Cauliflower Bites as a tasty and healthier alternative to traditional buffalo wings!

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