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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.
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup crushed pita chips or breadcrumbs
- 1 cup buffalo sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
Preheat an air fryer or convection oven to 425. Core the cauliflower and cut into florets, then slice those florets into 1/2 inch slices.
Put them in a freezer bag with the avocado oil, flour, garlic powder, milk, and crushed pita chips. Shake until coated.
Add the hot sauce and butter, and continue shaking until coated.
Lay on a sheet pan in a single layer, making sure the slices don’t touch.
Bake for 20 minutes, flip, and continue baking until crispy and browned, 10 more minutes or so.
Serve immediately with ranch, blue cheese dressing, celery, or all of the above.
Calories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 1264mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 133IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. View full nutrition disclousre.