Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - Crispy on the outside and just tender enough on the inside. The vegetarian buffalo wing!

Baked buffalo cauliflower bites are my answer to wing night for our vegetarian daughter.  I don’t particularly enjoy cooking two separate meals but I do it to make sure she is eating somewhat healthy. Otherwise, she grabs the quickest, easiest junk food. So when my husband and I are having our crispy baked chicken wings my daughter can have her vegetarian version. These buffalo cauliflower bites are crispy on the outside and just tender enough on the inside. The cauliflower doesn’t become mushy, there is still a slight crunch to it. I was surprised that I actually enjoy these faux wings as well.

How to make baked buffalo cauliflower bites

raw cauliflower coated with batter on wire rack in sheet pan

We have previously made these by cutting them smaller and without a batter. They were too soft and the buffalo sauce didn’t want to adhere to the cauliflower very well. So we decided to try a coating and they came out great.

Cut the cauliflower into about 2″ florets. (so they don’t get mushy soft while baking) Coat the florets in the batter mixture.

Place them on the rack and bake for 20 minutes. While they are baking make your sauce if not using the bottled kind.

Baked Cauliflower Bites in glass mixing bowl

Remove to a large mixing bowl and toss with the buffalo sauce. Place back on the rack, brush with the sauce remaining in the bowl. Cover any areas missed during tossing.

cauliflower pieces coated in buffalo sauce on wire rack and baking sheet

Bake for the final 10 minutes.

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites on white platter with celery sticks and ranch dip

Serve with celery sticks, blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bite on fork dipped in ranch sauce

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
 
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Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - Crispy on the outside and just tender enough on the inside. The vegetarian buffalo wing!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup Buffalo sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F and line a large baking sheet with foil. Place an oven-safe rack on top of the foil and spray generously with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the batter for the cauliflower by combining the flour, buttermilk, garlic powder, kosher salt, & freshly ground black pepper. Whisk until smooth and thickened. Gently toss the cauliflower with the batter, being sure to coat the cauliflower thoroughly.
  3. Place the coated cauliflower onto the prepared rack, leave space between each one.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower starts to brown slightly.
  5. When the cauliflower is ready, remove it from the oven and toss in a large bowl with the buffalo sauce. Place back on the wire rack, brush with the buffalo sauce remaining in the bowl. (coat spots that were missed)
  6. Put back in the oven for 10 more minutes until browned to your liking.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  8. Serve these baked buffalo cauliflower bites with your choice of blue cheese dressing or ranch and celery.
Notes
To make your own buffalo sauce melt ⅓ cup of butter with ⅔ cup hot sauce.
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Comments

  1. Reply

    Stopping by from the Show and Tell Link Party. This sounds yummy!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Super Mom!

  2. Reply

    YUM – they look delish! I will have to give this a try! Would love if you’d share at REader Tip Tuesday: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/24/watermelon-pizza-delicious-snack-yummy-dessert/
    We’re open & growing all week long. Hope to see your yummy bites at the party!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Jodie! I will drop by.

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