Buffalo Cauliflower

We've had some really good buffalo cauliflower at Vegenation in Las Vegas, and I finally got around to trying to make it. It was tasty! Here's what a did - which is a combination of a recipe in Vegan Comfort Classics and some recipes I found on the web, like this one that has a nice video. Yum!

Ingredients
1 large (or 2 small) head cauliflower
2 cups bread crumbs

Batter:
3/4 cup flour
1 cup nondairy milk - or more
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder (optional)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp each salt & pepper (or to taste)

Buffalo sauce:
2 T vegan butter
1/4 cup Sriracha (or more; 1/3 ?)
1/4 cup ketchup
1 T maple syrup

Ranch dressing:
1/2 cup vegan mayo
2 tsp apple cider
1 T chopped fresh dill or 2 tsp dried
1 T chopped chives
1 tsp onion powder (optional)
1/4 cup nondairy milk (optional; if you like it a little thinner; I do)
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
Clean and cut up the cauliflower. Mix together the batter ingredients - and you can add more or less nondairy milk depending on how thick you want it. (I like the batter thinner, so I might use twice the amount of milk as flour.)

Make bread crumbs if needed (I make mine by toasting 3 pieces of whole wheat bread and processing them into crumbs in the food processor; buying them is also fine!)

Dip the cauliflower in the batter. I did it one at a time, but next time I'll have the batter in a big bowl and just pour the cauliflower in the bowl and mix it up! Then coat the battered cauliflower with breadcrumbs. I did it one-by-one, picking up and spooning bread crumbs over each. Some recipes skip the breadcrumbs, but Comfort Classics says it's important - and it was tasty and worth the extra step, I think.

Place on a silicon-lined cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, mix up the buffalo sauce in a small saucepan. When the cauliflower is done baking, take it out and brush or spoon the sauce over it, and then put it back in the oven for 15 more minutes. While you wait, mix up the ranch dressing.

Take out and serve. Yum!!





Yea, there are some open spots in the pan in the oven... some baked cauliflower mysteriously disappeared before it went back into the oven.




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