Cauliflower Buffalo Bites (V)

Who doesn't love appetizers?! These vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Bites combine fresh veggie florets with a perfectly sweet-salty batter to make a delicious —and healthier — version of this classic party food. Whisk up some Saucy Sauce for a little spice — and dig in!

Makes:

4-6 servings

Hands-on time:

15 minutes

Start-to-eat time:

30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Saucy Sauce:
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce (or buffalo wing sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
  • Cauliflower Bites:
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup oat milk (or other creamy non-dairy milk)

Kids kitchen skills:

  • whisking & simmering
  • baking

Tools:

  • baking sheet & parchment paper
  • measuring cups & spoons
  • small pot & whisk
  • large bowl & spatula
  • basting brush

Step-by-step

Grown-up steps: Kids will need support the oven and especially when using the broiler. Always be sure to use oven mitts when transferring pans. For an extra crispy result, we recommend baking the bites on a rack if you can to allow for more air flow.
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer while whisking for about 5-10 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl add the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and milk. Stir until well combined.
  4. Break the head of the cauliflower into small 1 ½-inch florets. Add the florets to the batter, making sure they are evenly coated.
  5. Place the battered florets onto the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway.
  6. Take the cauliflower out of the oven. Set the broiler on high.
  7. Carefully brush the cauliflower bites with the sauce and broil for another 5- 10 minutes, checking that they don't burn.

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