Get ready to elevate your game day snacks with Buffalo Cauliflower Wings – a vegetarian twist on the classic buffalo wings that brings the heat and flavor without the meat. These crispy and spicy cauliflower bites are not only a fantastic appetizer but also a guilt-free indulgence. Join me as we dive into the world of Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, a crowd-pleaser that will have everyone reaching for more during your next game day gathering.
Who Will Love This Recipe?
Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are designed for a diverse audience, catering to vegetarians, vegans, and anyone who enjoys bold and zesty flavors. Whether you’re a dedicated plant-based eater or simply looking to switch up your game day menu, these cauliflower wings are sure to be a hit. The perfect combination of crunch and heat makes them an addictive snack for sports enthusiasts and food lovers alike.
For the Cauliflower Wings:
- 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 cup all-purpose flour or chickpea flour for a gluten-free option
- 1 cup milk or plant-based milk
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the Buffalo Sauce:
- 1/2 cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter or vegan butter
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional, omit for a vegetarian version)
- A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
Step 1: Preheat and Prep
Preheat your oven to 450°F (232°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
Step 2: Prepare Cauliflower
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to create the batter. Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, ensuring it’s well-coated, and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
Step 3: Bake Cauliflower
Bake the cauliflower in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Step 4: Make Buffalo Sauce
While the cauliflower is baking, prepare the buffalo sauce. In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the hot sauce, white vinegar, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce (if using). Stir until well combined, and let it simmer for a few minutes. Adjust the heat with cayenne pepper if you prefer more spice.
Step 5: Toss and Coat
Once the cauliflower is done, transfer it to a large bowl. Pour the buffalo sauce over the cauliflower and toss until each piece is evenly coated in the spicy goodness.
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy
Arrange the Buffalo Cauliflower Wings on a serving platter, and serve them with your favorite dipping sauces like ranch or blue cheese. Get ready for the cheers and compliments!
Tips and Tricks
To make this recipe seamlessly, you’ll need:
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Mixing bowls
Pair these Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with celery sticks and carrot slices for a classic combination. Offer a variety of dipping sauces to cater to different preferences.
Recipe Swaps and Variations
Baked or Fried
While this recipe is baked, you can also fry the cauliflower for an extra crispy texture. Simply heat oil in a pan and fry until golden brown before tossing in the buffalo sauce.
Opt for chickpea flour instead of all-purpose flour to make the batter gluten-free.
Can I make these ahead of time?
While the cauliflower is best enjoyed fresh from the oven, you can prepare the batter and sauce ahead of time. Just bake and toss the cauliflower in the sauce when ready to serve.
How do I make them less spicy?
Adjust the amount of hot sauce and cayenne pepper in the buffalo sauce to control the heat level.
Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are a game day essential that proves you don’t need meat to enjoy a classic buffalo wing experience. Share this recipe with your fellow sports fans, and subscribe for more tasty inspirations. Let the game and the flavor begin!