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30 June 2017

This buffalo cauliflower recipe is so addictive, with cauliflower dipped in seasoned batter, baked, then drizzled with spicy Buffalo sauce, served with blue cheese dip. Make these for your next appetizer or party. Beware! They are rather addictive.

So, these are CRAZY addictive. The first time I made this recipe was for a test run, sort of a proof of concept. I didn’t plan on eating the whole thing, but once I took the first bite, BOOM! I couldn’t believe it. I chowed the whole thing down.

I have a feeling you will, too. I mean, just look at them!

We’re talking Buffalo Cauliflower, and you’re going to love it.

Addictive Buffalo Cauliflower - Recipe

Buffalo Cauliflower – Your New Favorite Appetizer or Party Food

If you enjoy Buffalo Chicken Wings, you’ll find this buffalo cauliflower recipe appealing as it hits all those spots on your tongue and in your stomach that Buffalo Wings hit. You might not think so, because hey, we’re working with cauliflower here, but they do. They’re the perfect appetizer or party food, these buffalo cauliflower bites that everyone will enjoy.

Are you a cauliflower lover? It is not my intention to knock cauliflower. It’s one of my favorite vegetables, in reality, but we can’t deny that cauliflower has very little flavor. This is not a negative. It’s cauliflower’s super power, actually. It absorbs whatever flavors you give to it and reflects them right back to you.

Like Buffalo Sauce. Consider this as a vegetarian or vegan alternative to Buffalo Chicken Wings.

Let’s talk about how we make buffalo cauliflower, shall we?

Buffalo Cauliflower Ingredients Needed

  • 1 head of cauliflower florets only (core and stem removed)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water or more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of your favorite Buffalo sauce
  • Blue cheese dressing for serving (or use ranch dressing)

How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower – the Recipe Method

  1. First, add flour, water, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to a small bowl. Mix well to form a batter.
  2. Add the cauliflower florets to the batter and set them onto a baking sheet oiled with a bit of olive oil in a single layer. Line it with parchment paper for less mess. You can toss to coat the cauliflower with the batter if desired to get a nice, even coating.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes at 450 F. When you bake the cauliflower, it will crisp up slightly.
  4. Remove and brush generously with Buffalo sauce.
  5. Bake 10 to 15 minutes more.
  6. Cool slightly and serve with blue cheese dip.
  7. Enjoy! Eat them fast!

Boom! That’s it! Buffalo cauliflower on your plate and ready to enjoy! Pretty easy, isn’t it? I love these bites. Such an easy appetizer, nice and spicy, and very satisfying. They’re shockingly good, even if you think you don’t like cauliflower. If you don’t, you will now!

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Cauliflower. Cauliflower has the ability to absorb any flavor you throw at it. It’s a blank slate food, so when you toss these with Buffalo sauce, it gives you BUFFALO SAUCE with every bite!
  • Heat Factor. If you want to get all BOOM with your flavors, try adding a bit more butter to your Buffalo sauce, maybe a bit of honey and some extra spicy chili flakes. Swirl it together in a heated pan and…whoa. AWESOME.
  • Keep them Warm. You can easily keep these warm in the oven, or wrap them in aluminum foil until the guests arrive.

How Long Do You Bake Buffalo Cauliflower?

The total baking time for buffalo cauliflower is 30 minutes. After you coat them in batter, you first bake them for 20 minutes, then brush them with buffalo sauce, and finally finish baking them for 10 minutes more.

For the Buffalo Sauce

I am using my own homemade buffalo sauce recipe for these, but you can use your own favorite brand. Or, make a super quick version with hot sauce and butter. Basically, melt the butter then whisk in your favorite Louisiana style hot sauce for a very simple version.

Can You Use Frozen Cauliflower to Make Buffalo Cauliflower?

Yes, making buffalo cauliflower from frozen cauliflower is quite easy. Simply thaw the cauliflower completely before mixing your batter, then proceed with the recipe steps as directed. 

Addictive Buffalo Cauliflower - Recipe

This particular recipe will make an outstanding side dish, but I think it will work best as an appetizer. Make it for your next party and watch people explode with delight upon trying them.

Keep tabs. Make sure fights don’t start breaking out when the bowl gets close to empty. Maybe make two of them.

What to Serve with Buffalo Cauliflower Bites?

Don’t forget a simple ranch or blue cheese dressing for serving. Just like Buffalo chicken wings, these babies taste great when given a tiny dip of blue cheese or ranch dressing. Buffalo sauce and blue cheese – they’re best buds.

And who’d-a-thunk they would love cauliflower so much?

Go for it! I hope you enjoy these. Let me know!

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Addictive Buffalo Cauliflower - Recipe

Check out a VIDEO of the recipe below!

Patty’s Perspective

These ARE surprisingly addictive. Even if you don’t like cauliflower, you should give these a try. The Buffalo sauce really seeps in and makes this truly satisfying. I loved these.

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS.Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

This buffalo cauliflower recipe is so addictive, with cauliflower dipped in seasoned batter, baked, then drizzled with spicy Buffalo sauce, served with blue cheese dip. Make these for your next appetizer or party. Beware! They are rather addictive.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, recipe, spicy, video
Servings: 4
Calories: 71kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower florets only (core and stem removed)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water or more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup favorite Buffalo sauce
  • Blue cheese dip for serving

Instructions

  • Add flour, water, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to a mixing bowl. Mix well to form a batter.
  • Dip the cauliflower florets into the batter and set them onto a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and brush generously with Buffalo sauce.
  • Bake 10 more minutes.
  • Cool slightly and serve with blue cheese dip.
  • Enjoy! Eat them fast!

Video

Notes

Heat Factor: Medium, but nice and zingy!
Try my Homemade Buffalo Sauce Recipe with this. It's great!

Nutrition

Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 1850mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1040IU | Vitamin C: 14.8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
 

Buffalo Cauliflower

1 comments

  1. Are you sure you didn’t mean 2 TEASPOONS of cayenne??

    Reply: Jeff, I used 2 tablespoons. I’m crazy like that, but feel free to reduce to your taste preference. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.






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