I have been crazy into Buffalo flavor lately. By lately, I mean pretty much for over a year. This obsession has lead to some pretty fantastic food adventures. For example, O'Shaughnessy's, a local Irish Pub, has a Buffalo Chicken sandwich that is amazing. Also recently, I fell in love with the Buffalo Chicken Taco (yes, you read that right) at the Velvet Taco. However, poor Bri is a vegetarian and so I usually try to cook mostly vegetarian at home. I was intrigued by all those Buffalo "chicken" recipes out there and I was mostly skeptical that they would be any good. But then, I decided to go for it. I'll be honest, I like the chicken versions better, but this recipe was pretty good and it made Cauliflower taste phenomenal. If you are a vegetarian, or if you are looking for a great side dish, or if you are like me and just wanna eat buffalo stuff all the time, you should probably make this immediately.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
(adapted from Sprinkled Side Up)
1 whole head cauliflower
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
pinch cayenne powder
3/4 cup of your favorite hot sauce (I love Frank's traditional and Bri loves Frank's Siracha)
1. Cut off the cauliflower florets. To do this, turn the whole thing upside down and trim off the leaves. Then cut away florets (about 1 inch in size) and place into a bowl.
2. Heat a large pot of water until it boils. Cook the cauliflower for about 10 minutes and then turn the heat off and cover for another 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool for a bit.
3. Pour canola oil into a pan until it reaches about 1/4 inch up the side. Heat over medium.
4. To make the egg wash, beat eggs in a large bowl and mix in the garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne.
5. Dip the cauliflower florets into the egg wash and then place in the oil. Let fry for a few minutes and then flip for another few minutes. Place finished florets on a plate with a paper towel to soak up the oil. Continue with the rest of the cauliflower.
6. In a large bowl, pour the frank's hot sauce and mix in the florets so that they are coated. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing if you want!