Monday, April 21, 2014
Amanda's Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Hi everyone! I am so excited to be a new contributor here at Bacon Time! I will be sharing healthy recipes with you that I hope you and your family will love!
I absolutely love cooking and have challenged myself to make healthy and delicious meals for my family that don't make us feel like we are missing out on all the tasty bad for you foods. Stop on over at my blog Old House to New Home if you'd like to check out what else I am cooking up or to see my crafts and DIY projects.
If you are a Pinterester, you know that everyone is cooking with cauliflower right now...cauliflower rice, cauliflower mashed "potatoes" and cauliflower pizza crust. One recipe I keep seeing is to substitute cauliflower whenever you are craving deep fried buffalo wings and that's just what I decided to try out for you guys.
I initially tried a recipe where the cauliflower was breaded with breadcrumbs and eggs. It was good, but nowhere near a buffalo wing. After digging through my Pinterest archives, I found this recipe and decided that the flour and water batter might be more suitable to get that crispy, wing like texture, and I was right! These "wings" were absolutely delicious and definitely curbed my craving for real wings. Now, I have to be honest...you aren't going to fool anyone into thinking that these are actually chicken wings, but they are great healthy substitute if you are craving the buffalo flavor and texture. Dip these into low fat ranch or bleu cheese dressing and you get the wing taste even more! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Adapted from: Persnickety Plates
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
For the batter:
1 cup water
1 cup flour
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tbsp. buffalo sauce or hot sauce*
For the sauce:
1/2 cup buffalo sauce or hot sauce*
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. salt
*I used a mixture of Sweet Baby Ray's Buffalo Wing Sauce and Frank's Red Hot.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and then spray with cooking spray. Whisk together batter ingredients until combined. The batter will resemble pancake batter. Dip each floret into the batter until covered and then shake off excess batter. Bake 15 minutes, or until batter starts to crisp up on florets.
Mix together sauce ingredients until well combined. Pour sauce over cooked florets and toss to combine. Return to the oven for 7 minutes. Taste for additional seasonings and add a sprinkle of salt if necessary. Serve immediately.