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Creative Veggie Dishes: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe

I’m always on the hunt for new appetizer recipes to take to parties, or even for those nights when we want an assortment of appetizers for dinner. Appetizers are commonly categorized in the unhealthy column, being deep fried, grease-laden and covered in cheese. While these types of apps are great on occasion, I think we need to make more room at the table for delicious AND healthy recipes for appetizers.

These buffalo cauliflower bites fit the bill: They’re spicy, crispy, comforting and drenched in sauce. While they may not be chicken wings, they’re a delicious, healthy option.

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites  With Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Photos via Edible Perspective

I love coming up with fun vegetable cooking methods. And today, we’re taking a classic recipe for buffalo wings and putting a healthy, vegetarian spin on them!

Cauliflower has really started to become popular in the past few years. Steaming and roasting cauliflower are the ways of the past. There are a million other ways it can be used.

For instance:

  • Cauliflower mashed “potatoes” — (steam cauliflower and puree in your food process with oil/butter, garlic, and milk – just add the milk slowly so they’re thick) These are incredibly delicious!
  • Cauliflower “rice” — grate your cauliflower or pulse in a food processor, then saute in a pan with oil and whatever spices you like
  • Cauliflower pizza crust — you’ll want to follow a recipe closely for this one

And I’m sure the list doesn’t stop there.

Cauliflower

To get a crispy coating without frying, we’re coating the cauliflower in a simple batter and then roasting them at high heat. The batter is made up of millet flour, corn flour, milk, water and spices.

You could probably use almost any flour for this (although I would definitely stay away from nut flours because of the high heat baking). I’ve seen others use garbanzo flour, rice flour and plain white flour. I chose millet and corn for their mild flavor. To me, garbanzo flour is too pronounced.

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

If you can’t find millet flour, it’s extremely easy to grind in your blender at home. All you need is whole millet (uncooked and dry) and then whirl it around until it turns into flour. Easy!

But you can also feel free to sub in oat flour, buckwheat flour, rice flour, etc.

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites  With Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

The Greek yogurt dipping sauce is a cinch to throw together. I highly recommend using full-fat Greek yogurt for the best texture and flavor. Feel free to add 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped chives as well. I forgot to pick some up at the store but meant to mix them in!

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites  With Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Yields: 6-8 appetizer portions

Adapted from: Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Ingredients:

For the cauliflower bites:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup buffalo style hot sauce (or BBQ sauce)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons melted butter

For the Greek yogurt ranch dip:

  • 1 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey mustard
  • scant 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 450 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet (or 2 medium) with parchment.

Step 2:

Wash and trim cauliflower into bite-size florets.

Step 3:

Place the millet flour, corn flour, milk, water, paprika, salt, and pepper in a bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined.

Step 4:

Dredge each cauliflower floret into the batter making sure to fully coat. Place on the parchment and repeat with all cauliflower florets.

Step 5:

Roast for 10 minutes. Flip and roast for another 5 minutes. While baking, stir together the buffalo sauce and melted butter in a bowl.

Step 6:

After 15 minutes remove cauliflower from the oven and flip back over. Generously brush the top of each floret with the buffalo mixture. Place back in the oven for 12-17 minutes until a deep, golden orange color and crispy.

Step 7:

While roasting, combine all ranch dip ingredients into a bowl and stir well. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Step 7:

Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then serve with ranch dip.

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites  With Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

 

 

6 Comments

Snowbound Minn

These look delicious. Cathy, we should make these.

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Snowbound Minn

These look delicious. Cathy, we should make these.

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Felicia

How do I make this ranch dip more fluid for a salad dressing? Water? More lemon juice? Milk?

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Mari

I haven’t made this yet, but when I make creamy jalapeno dip with similar ingredients, I cut it with half ‘n’ half to get the right consistency. Maybe that would work? If you’re concerned about calories, I would try a low fat milk. I wouldn’t be confident in the water working well. (:

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Jo

Just made these. Ultimately, they were very good, but we were taken aback by how stiff the batter was. We had to add more water just to get it malleable enough to dip the florets. We followed directions – only difference is we used brown rice flour instead of millet. Any suggestions?

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Heather Sinclair

I wished I had read some of the comments before I embarked on making these. I’m sure there is an error in the recipe as two cups of flour with 1 cup of liquid make s a consistency of play dough or biscuit dough. Try dipping cauliflower in that. I added more water but it ended up not sticking and i had lumps of biscuit with cauliflower.. What a waste of cauliflower and my time

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