Do you have that one particular [cheat] food that is blatantly against your normal diet? Well, I certainly do! One [key word: one] of mine so happens to be wings. Yes, you heard me right, as in chicken waaangz. The last time I ate them was at a baseball game at Fenway Park, where I inhaled an entire basket full of wings. And let me tell you- not only did I feel extremely guilty afterwards, but I felt utterly sick to my stomach. Never wanting to have that feeling again, I hopped on the cauliflower-buffalo-wing train to satisfy these guilty cravings. But these aren’t just any cauliflower buffalo bites……Hint: I hope you like beer.
I recently spent a lovely weekend at my parent’s lake house on Lake Champlain in Vermont. Enjoying [finally] warmer and sunnier weather, mommy dearest and I decided to experiment a little in the kitchen with some of the ingredients we already had, one of them being an overly excessive amount of beer in our fridge (which is an anomaly for my wine-drinking mother.)
This is a minimally easy and superbly delicious appetizer, meal, snack, whatever your heart [or stomach] desires it to be. While I have also tried baking these for a healthier option, the effect is entirely different and not as tasty. It left my bites soggy and not crispy (isn’t that why we like buffalo wings in the first place?!) I say treat yo-self and enjoy in the sunshine with a few cold brews! Or whatever tickles your fancy…
*cauliflower buffalo ‘wangz’
servings: 2 to 3 people
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Head of Cauliflower (equivalent to about 6 cups of Cauliflower Florets)
- 1 cup of flour (you can use All-Purpose or Whole-Wheat)
- 1 1/2 cups of beer (you can use any type you prefer)
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- a pinch of salt & pepper
- 3/4 cup of Frank’s RedHot Wings Buffalo Sauce (more or less depending on how saucy and spicy you like it)
- 3 tablespoons of grape seed oil
- for garnish: bleu cheese or ranch dressing and celery/carrots
Here’s what to do:
Pre steam the cauliflower by placing the florets into a pot of boiling water until fork tender. While that is happening, whisk together the flour, baking powder, beer and salt/pepper in a bowl. Once your cauliflower is ready, strain and dry.
Heat up a skillet with the grape seed oil until sizzling hot. While the skillet heats up, place cauliflower florets in the bowl full of batter. Slowly place the battered cauliflower into the pot for about five minutes until you can see a golden color. Place aside and let cool for around1 0 minutes.
Once all cauliflower florets are fried and cooled, place them into another bowl and pour the Frank’s hot sauce until fully coated. Place in a serving dish with chopped celery and/or carrots. While I did use non-vegan Bleu Cheese dressing, you can click here for a 100% vegan option.
It’s that simple! Bon appetit, my friends.