Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

This is an easy dish that can be served as an appetizer or a simple snack to replace traditional chicken wings.

Cauliflower absorbs any flavor that it is paired with, making this dish a little spicier. One serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. Cauliflower, in season from August through October, can be found at farmers markets across the state of Michigan.

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  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (approx. 4 cups of florets)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 cup red hot sauce, I recommend Frank‚Äôs Red Hot
  • 1 Tbsp. butter

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

1. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or grease very well with oil. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
2. Wash and cut cauliflower head into bite sized pieces/florets.
3. Mix the milk, water, flour and spices in a medium mixing bowl (set aside the hot sauce and butter for later). Mix until the batter is thick and is able to coat the cauliflower without dripping.
4. Dip the cauliflower in the batter. You can do this one by one or in batches. Shake off excess batter before placing cauliflower on the baking sheet. Lay the cauliflower single layer on the baking sheet.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, flipping the florets over half way through to get all sides golden brown and crispy.
6. While the cauliflower is baking, get your buffalo wing sauce ready. In a small saucepan on low heat melt butter and mix in hot sauce. Remove from the heat just as it starts to melt. Stir together and set aside.
7. Once the cauliflower has baked for the first time, remove them from the oven and put all the baked florets into a mixing bowl with the wing sauce and toss to coat evenly. Return cauliflower to baking sheet and bake in the oven for another 20-25 minutes. Serve with homemade ranch dipping sauce. Enjoy!

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