Buffalo cauliflower bites + peanut dipping sauce

Buffalo cauliflower bites + peanut dipping sauce

Has anyone heard of these things called buffalo cauliflower bites before?????

JK JK. Obviously everyone knows about these by now…duh, it’s 2018. I discovered these puppies a few years back, and although they do no even remotely resemble the texture of chicken wings, no one should pretend they do because they are AMAZING as a standalone delicious snack/appetizer (let’s face it, I’ve also eaten a batch of these for dinner more times than I care to admit). No need to call them “wings” – just let them be their own yummy thing and dip them in peanut sauce and fulfill your craving for something spicy, crunchy + indulgent!!!

I got the idea to dip these in peanut sauce from Thug Kitchen, which was basically the first vegan cookbook I owned. People who know me will probably roll their eyes, because I could argue the validity of putting peanut butter on literally anything, but TRUST ME in this case! The slightly sweet + creamy peanut sauce is the PERFECT accompaniment to these bites, because it reduces the spice level just the right amount and adds a whole new complexity of flavour. It’s a must.

Oh and I shouldn’t even have to say it but – Frank’s Red Hot is the key to these. I’ve also made them with Sriracha, which is delicious, but there’s something about Frank’s that really provides that classic “buffalo” flavour. I received mine for free from Influenster + #HelloFlavour as part of their #BBQEssentials box and knew I had to bake up some of these bites! For more awesome recipe ideas, go to HelloFlavour.ca.

Buffalo cauliflower bites + peanut dipping sauce
 
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Delicious, spicy cauliflower bites featuring classic Frank's Red Hot sauce and a divine peanut dipping sauce. Perfect for snacking / sharing!
Emma:
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 4 servings
Gather
Cauliflower bites
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped into 1-inch florets
  • ¾ c. unsweetened almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
  • ¾ c. chickpea flour (can also use regular flour, but I wanted to keep them GF!)
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ c. Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp. vegan or regular butter
Peanut sauce
  • ⅓ c. natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. tamari
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup/honey
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • water OR coconut milk to thin
Create
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Whisk together your flour, milk + spices until completely smooth. Place your cauliflower pieces into a large bowl and pour in your liquid flour mixture, making sure that all the pieces are fully coated.
  3. Spread the cauliflower bits on your baking sheet (do not overlap them) and bake for 20-30 minutes or until slightly browned and crispy, turning them over halfway through.
  4. While the bites bake, melt your hot sauce + butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, then set aside. Whisk together all of your peanut sauce ingredients, adding water/coconut milk until desired texture is achieved (I like it slightly thick for dipping!)
  5. Remove your cauliflower from the oven and pour your hot sauce mixture overtop, making sure the bites are evenly coated. Return them to the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes to get them crispy + dry.
  6. Garnish the cauliflower bites with chopped parsley or cilantro if desired, and serve with the peanut sauce!

 



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