Thursday, January 17, 2013

Buffalo Caulifower

You have definitely seen this recipe on Pinterest.  The buffalo style cauliflower.  And we're all wondering the same thing, "is it really that good?" I was wondering the same thing, so I made it.

It was Halloween weekend.  Ty and I had considered going out to a couple of different parties but we were so exhausted from the week (a few too many early mornings) so we decided to chill out at home (read: free drinks and no one explaining their costume to me).

What you need for Buffalo Cauliflower

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup of buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp garlic salt
1 cup buffalo hot sauce

So when I made this I had to come up with a few substitutions;
1).  I don't have buffalo sauce just kickin' around.  But I found this recipe and used it instead.   It was super easy to make and took no time at all!

2). I didn't have any buttermilk.  But I referred to my always handy "America's Test Kitchen" cookbook (go get this right now-it's so awesome) and it said I could substitute 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tablespoon white vinegar.  Then let it sit to thicken for about 10 minutes. TOTALLY WORKED!

Pre heat the oven to 450*F

Cut up your cauliflower into bite sized bits. 

Mix the flour, buttermilk and garlic salt in a large bowl.  

Dump the cauliflower pieces into the flour mixture and stir to coat.  

Place the cauliflower on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes.  At 15 minutes my cauliflower wasn't crispy enough for me.  Oh I would also recommend greasing your baking sheet prior to putting the cauliflower on it :)  Learned that one the hard way.

While your cauliflower is baking, make your sauce (if you are making your own sauce)  If not just chill.

I used a deeper aluminum baking dish, like something you might use for lasagne.  This resulted in NOT crispy cauliflower. Even after 20 minutes at 450!?!??!  So I threw the cauliflower on a greased baking sheet and put it back in the oven for 7 minutes. TA DA!

Once the 18-ish minutes are up, take the cauliflower out and pour the buffalo sauce over and toss to coat.   Stick the buffalo sauce coated cauliflower back in the oven for another 5-8 minutes.

It was yummy.  Does this recipe fool me into thinking I'm actually eating Buffalo wings?  Not even close (especially the way mine turned out).  BUT is it a delicious way to eat cauliflower? YES!

So I give it 3 out of 5 spoons.
NEW INFO: My girlfriend Rachel made this on parchment paper and she told me her's turned out super crispy-not to mention an easy clean up! So I guess I'm just gonna have to make this again, oh shucks!  

1 comment:

  1. Pinning your post because I wanted to make this! Good to know about the parchment paper!