Last week my friends took me to my first ever vegan restaurant called Sage in Culver City, CA. I tried their "cauliflower wings" dish and was completely blown away. I've been thinking about these "wings" all week long and decided I would try making them myself. At Sage they deep fried their cauliflower, but I am deathly afraid of frying food at home. Last summer my upstairs neighbor was frying food and ended up catching a fire destroying my unit which had to be completely gutted and leaving me displaced for the last 6 months. Maybe one day I'll invest in an air fryer, but until then I will just make these in the oven.
You'll need water, flour, salt, garlic powder, onion powder (I just used onion salt), and salt for the batter. For the buffalo sauce I used Frank's Red Hot Sauce- Buffalo Wing and butter. Ranch is optional for dipping.
Whisk all of the batter ingredients together. After you have washed and cut your cauliflower to your desired sized pieces you'll toss the cauliflower into the batter mixture. *Pro Tip: Cut cauliflower into 1 inch+ sized pieces. The smaller they are the more prone to breaking or getting smashed.
Set your oven to 450 degrees and bake for 15 minutes, then flip over and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden.
While you're baking the cauliflower you can prepare your sauce by adding in the hot sauce and butter into a skillet. Once your cauliflower is nice and golden you can toss them into the hot sauce mixture, then back onto your baking sheet and into the oven for another 20 minutes.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
1 cup water
3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Chop cauliflower into desired sized pieces.
3. Whisk together all batter ingredients in a large bowl
4. Dredge cauliflower into the batter mixture. Be sure to tap off any excess batter and place on a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden.
6. While cauliflower is baking prepare sauce by melting butter and mixing in the hot sauce on low heat.
7. Coat cauliflower in the sauce and back into the oven for another 20 minutes.
Check on the cauliflower every 5 minutes or so on the last step to prevent burning.