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I’m not the biggest cauliflower fan, but I recently got a head in my Imperfect Foods box. I don’t hate it, but it’s not something I’ll go out of my way for. Unless it’s coated in hot sauce, like this recipe for baked buffalo cauliflower bites.
Truth is, I’ve never had anything coated in hot sauce that wasn’t delicious. So that may not be the best way to sell a recipe. But if you can cover something nutritious in hot sauce and actually love eating it? I’m on board. And literally any kind of hot sauce will work here, but I like to stick with the classics sometimes so I used Frank’s Red Hot.
Baked buffalo cauliflower bites, wings, florets, whatever you want to call them are all the rage. I’ve had them in bars, fancy restaurants, even national pizza chains have them now. And they’re all good. Mostly. But I think there is improvement to be made.
First, I want to maximize crispness. So instead of big chunks of giant cauliflower florets, I slice them into thin slices. This not only makes them crunchier, but also makes for more sauce and less bland cauliflower. They also lay flat on the pan, making them easier to flip. It’s a win-win in book.
Second, you can add breadcrumbs, which will certainly add crunch. But what about something crunchier, like, I don’t know, crushed pita chips? Try it, you’ll be amazed. But breadcrumbs will work as well.
And finally, while I don’t have an air fryer, I do have a convection oven, which is pretty similar. So either will work, and both will be better than a standard oven.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
These extra crunchy baked buffalo cauliflower bites are the perfect snack for game day, as a side for dinner, or as a salad topping. They’re baked, not fried, so you can indulge without the guilt.