I’m always skeptical when a vegan dish borrows the name from something that exists in the non-vegan world. Everyone knows what buffalo wings are – deep-fried chicken wings, coated in butter and hot sauce, and served with blue cheese dressing and sometimes celery. I have to say that these buffalo cauliflower bites completely deliver – so satisfying and flavorful, plus they’re baked and not fried! You can play with the proportions of the sauce ingredients… I chose to make them a little more kid-friendly, substituting BBQ sauce for some of the hot sauce! And the Daiya blue cheese salad dressing adds the necessary tang!
UPDATE: I added another delicious sauce to try as an alternative to the traditional Buffalo hot sauce. See Asian BBQ Sauce recipe below!
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
Line baking sheet with parchment paper
Cut one head of cauliflower into florets
Make batter for cauliflower.
Whisk until smooth.
Make sauce while cauliflower is baking.
2 T. vegan margarine, melted
4 T. BBQ sauce
2 T. Crystal hot sauce
2 T. veggie broth or water
Stir until blended.
Remove cauliflower from baking sheet and place in glass or metal bowl.
Pour sauce over cauliflower and toss until
Spoon cauliflower back on baking sheet.
Bake at 450 for an additional 20 min.
Here is also an alternate sauce to try that I’ve made recently… it is sweet and sticky and totally yummy for a sweeter alternative:
Asian BBQ Sauce: (add at the same time as you would Buffalo sauce)
2 T Chinese black bean sauce/paste
2 T soy sauce (or tamarin)
1 T olive oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 T rice wine vinegar
2 T brown sugar
1 T molasses
1 T Dijon mustard
2 T ketchup
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Serve with Daiya dairy free blue cheese dressing!