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Baked BBQ Cauliflower Bites



This Baked BBQ Cauliflower recipe is for the head of cauliflower slowly dying in your fridge.

We’ve all been there...purchasing cauliflower with high expectations of ourselves and then having absolutely no interest in eating it raw or preparing an intense meal.


This recipe is perfect to use it up and give it some flava flave, without taking much time.


To accompany these delectable bites, I've crafted a homemade ranch sauce that's incredibly simple to put together. It is the perfect dipping companion for Baked BBQ Cauliflower Bites, further enhancing the flavour. I'll share the recipe for this sauce at the end of this post.

Some might refer to this style of cauliflower as "cauliflower wings," but I've noticed that the term doesn't always sit well with some of the carnivores in my life. Therefore, I've chosen to stick with the term "cauliflower bites," which, let's face it, makes a bit more sense.

 

Baked BBQ Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower

  • 1/2 cup plant milk or water (almond/cashew)

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder (depending on how much you like your garlic)

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp oregano

  • 1 pinch turmeric

  • salt and pepper (to taste)

  • 1 cup panko crumbs (optional)

  • BBQ sauce

  • franks hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450F.

  2. Rinse cauliflower and cut into small "bites" or florets. Dry and set aside.

  3. Add the milk/water, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and turmeric into a bowl and whisk until combined.

  4. Pour mixture into a bowl. Individually dip each piece of cauliflower into the mixture. If you would like "crispy" cauliflower, pour the panko crumbs into a separate bowl and dip each piece of cauliflower into the panko after the wet mixture - coat and then place onto a LINED baking sheet.

  5. Make sure that the cauliflower bites are not touching or overlapping. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping the bites halfway through.

  6. Prepare BBQ sauce. You can use your favourite BBQ sauce in this step. I like to use a sweet bbq sauce and mix it with a little water to spread it out further. If you like a little spicy, add some hot sauce in this step. You can mix butter and hot sauce if you like a buffalo style. Set that bowl aside.

  7. After baking for 20 minutes, remove the sheet of cauliflower from the oven. Allow the cauliflower to cool for a few minutes (so it is not too hot to handle). Dip each piece of cauliflower into the BBQ mix. Set back onto a baking sheet and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

  8. Once the cauliflower continues to bake, you can prepare the dipping sauce (I will provide the instructions under this recipe).

  9. Remove cauliflower from the oven and serve with your favourite sauce and veggies. You can also enjoy these delicious bites on their own.

 

Easy peasy, you have yourself a delicious snack! The Baked BBQ Cauliflower Bites are a great appetizer and party snack. This recipe makes about three servings. If you have a giant head of cauliflower, you may want to up the milk and flour to about 3/4 of a cup each instead of 1/2 a cup each. You can also get creative with the size of pieces you create (sometimes, I go for boulders instead of bites). And for my fellow air fryer lovers, here's how to enjoy in the airfryer: 1. Rinse cauliflower, remove leaves, and cut into florets. 2. Mix all the ingredients given above in a mixing bowl (minus the BBQ sauce and cauliflower). 3. Dip the cauliflower florets into the batter and then the panko crumbs (if using). 4. Place the coated cauliflower in the air fryer with ample space between each 'wing/bite'. Air fry at 350F for 15 minutes, shaking halfway through. 5. On the stove top, mix together the BBQ sauce (whatever your fave vegan sauce is; I like chicken and ribs (yes, it's vegan)), vegan butter, and hot sauce). Heat over low/medium heat until the butter melts, and give a quick whisk. 6. Once the cauliflower is cool enough to touch, toss it in the BBQ sauce and enjoy!


You can enjoy these bites independently, but if you’re a dip person like me, I’ll let you know how I pair the dip with the Baked BBQ Cauliflower Bites. It's so easy you’ll probably wonder why you’ve never made it before. All you need is vegan mayo (2 tbsp), lemon juice or ACV (1 tbsp), garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and a littttle bit of water. Stir it up, and viola! SO simple and creamy. Almost too good to be true.


Hope you enjoy!



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