Happy weekend friends! I've made a dish to share with you that has an extra something awesome this week. I made a completely vegetarian version of a classic meat dish and it's delicious ????. Ready for it?? Ok...Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings!!!
Before you scoff, I got the stamp of approval from Dan, ultimate wing lover. He even likes to mess around with seasonings and marinades to make his own, and he loved these! I know they're not truly wings but I think "cauliflower bits" just doesn't sound as fun.
So these Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings. Be warned, they are HOT and I LOVE it ????! I made a homemade buffalo sauce with Frank's Red Hot and butter (yup just two ingredients) and whew! The heat is just SO tasty!! It was a bit much for me at first so I added a smidge more butter (included in recipe) to tone it down. If you want to make these sizzlin' spicy, add less butter to make your buffalo sauce even hotter.
But more about the actual cauliflower. I treated them just as I would treat actual chicken. First, they're each dipped in a beaten egg, then dredged in a seasoned flour and panko mix for extra flavor and crispness, baked, drizzled in homemade buffalo sauce, and baked again to perfection. My previous Sweet and Spicy Baked Orange Chicken Wings recipe only used olive oil which would be a perfectly acceptable substitution in order to make this recipe vegan! I chose to add a little extra substance because it is cauliflower after all (doesn't hold together quite like a chicken does ????).
Seriously though. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings?? You HAVE to try them! I've never been more surprised than by my love of cauliflower wings. Who knew right?? You can even whip up a batch to serve at your upcoming super bowl party for a unique, delectable appetizer. If so, you'd better bet I'll see you there!Print
- 1 lb cauliflower florets
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup Panko
- ½ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon coarse salt
- ⅔ cup hot sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot)
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 400˚F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small pot, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in hot sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and put in a warm place.
- In a small bowl, mix together flour, panko, garlic, cumin, paprika, cayenne, pepper, and salt.
- Dip each cauliflower floret in the egg, shake off any excess, toss in the flour mixture, and place on the prepared pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes, turning the florets over half way through.
- Remove the florets from the oven and toss in the hot sauce, coating the cauliflower.
- Bake another 7-8 minutes until warmed through.
- Broil for 1-2 minutes if desired to make extra crispy.