Buffalo Cauliflower

First, I have to say thank you so much for reading my first public post.  I’ve written a few things on my blog but this is the first one I’m really putting out there and I’ve finally taken the “under construction” theme off my page.  I take seriously the fact that you’ve taken the time to read what I’ve written.

Honestly, I’m not a cook but I enjoy the end result of recipes I find.   Lately I’ve been getting a kick out of all the Buzzfeed Tasty recipes and videos.  You’ll see quite a few of those.  I’m kicking off the blog with recipes for your Super Bowl parties.  After this week I’ll focus on one recipe a week with restaurant “hacks” for the months of February and March.   I can’t wait!

Let’s get started:

I love buffalo wings!  Like seriously I really love them.   I love them so much that I stood in line a couple of weeks ago to win free wings for a year at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Buffalo CauliflowerWith that said, I’ve seen some pretty sumptuous looking pics of buffalo cauliflower but I wasn’t too sure about it.  My thought was, how could this big-headed vegetable be good roasted and buffaloed.  I also had my doubts about cauliflower rice until I tried it.  If you are on the fence about trying buffalo cauliflower, don’t be!  The same is true for the rice BTW.  I usually get the frozen riced cauliflower from Trader Joes.

When you think of a Super Bowl party or just all the food you plan to eat during the biggest football game of the season you probably think of something buffaloed.  Well why not try Buffalo Cauliflower?  Your guests will appreciate the fact that you cooked up something tasty and easy on the waistline.

Buffalo Cauliflower

I found a few recipes for buffalo cauliflower on Tasty.   There’s this simple one, and this one is a little different because it has siracha but I decided to go with this one.

Recipe copied from Tasty.

Buffalo Cauliflower

I had no substitutes but I figured out a few things you should watch out for if you decide to make this recipe.

What I learned:

Don’t break the cauliflower up into pieces that are too small.   If you do that the pieces will get lost in the batter.  Not a good look!  This was my first time working with a full head of cauliflower and I have to say it was a bit intimidating.

Buffalo Cauliflower

Follow the original video and just put all the cauliflower in the bowl with the batter.  I didn’t do that and tried to be cute by using a set of tongs to dip the cauliflower in the batter and put it in the pan.  Waste!  Put it all in the bowl, stir then pour into the pan.

If you don’t follow the suggestion above you’ll end up with excess amounts of batter in the pan.  You really don’t want that because you want some crispiness to the cauliflower.  The batter will give it that crispiness.  That’s the one place I’d say I fell short.  Some pieces were crispier than others.

If you like buffalo wings or are a vegetarian, you’ll like buffalo cauliflower.  Why not try multi-colored peppers instead of the traditional carrots and celery?   I used bleu cheese but of course ranch works perfectly as well.

Have you tried buffalo cauliflower?  If so, what did you think?  Is this on your Super Bowl recipe list?

Be sure to check out tomorrow’s post.  I’m making maple cinnamon roasted chickpeas as well as spicy roasted chickpeas.

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