I know, I know. Just about every vegan blogger has a recipe for Cauliflower Buffalo Bites at this point, so this is nothing new. I have been faced with the task of creating five different canapés for a Rouxbe project, and I wanted to try my hand at these spicy snacks, since I’ve never made them before. They were so good that I had to stop myself from eating them all before I took photos. What’s one or two (or twenty) missing from the batch in photography, right? I can just add a few more in with Photoshop, can’t I?
I tried to step outside my comfort zone with this project, and I created my own recipes rather than using ones that Rouxbe provided. (Although I did look to existing recipes for inspiration.) I’ll be posting the other four appetizers over the course of the next month.
Buffalo Cauliflower is great for snacking
I like to make these Buffalo Cauliflower Bites for movie night snacking. They’re great on salads, and the Cashew Ranch makes a great dressing. I also like to stuff them into tacos along with shredded lettuce and purple cabbage. They’re always a hit at potlucks and parties!
Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Cashew Ranch Dressing
For the Buffalo Bites:
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 1 cup unsweetened, plain non-dairy milk
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 head cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets
- 2 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil
- ½ cup hot sauce such as Frank’s or Cholula
For the Cashew Ranch Dressing:
- ½ cup raw cashews soaked for at least 2 hours, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1½ teaspoons fresh chives or dill
- 1½ tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Preheat your oven to 450° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together the flour, non-dairy milk, garlic powder, onion powder, and sea salt in a large bowl. Toss the cauliflower in the mixture. Allow any excess batter to drip off into the bowl, if neccessary, and then lay the pices out of the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, flipping them once at about the halfway point. They’re ready when they start to brown and the batter isn’t doughy.
Remove the cauliflower from the oven and let the pieces cool for a few minutes. Whisk together the oil and hot sauce. Toss the cauliflower pieces in the hot sauce, and then place them back on the baking sheet.
Bake for another 10 minutes.
While the cauliflower is baking, mix together the dressing ingredients in a high speed blender.
Serve the cauliflower bites hot from the oven with celery and the ranch dressing.
If you liked these Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, you may also enjoy:
- Spicy (or not) Cauliflower Po’ Boy
- Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing
- Buffalo Tempeh Salad
- Buffalo Chickpea Tacos