Get ready to take your appetizer game to the next level.
These cauliflower bites are legit. They’re dredged in a flour-based batter, baked (but they taste like they’re fried), and then topped with a super spicy sriracha sauce that would be at home on chicken wings, but tastes even better on cauliflower.
I’ve served these cauliflower bites at a few different parties, and they’re always gobbled up in minutes, by meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike. They’re crunchy, spicy, and you can dip them in peanut sauce. Anything that goes with peanut sauce is a win, in my opinion.
Adapted from Thug Kitchen
2 medium heads cauliflower
1/2 cup flour (you can use oat flour to make this gluten-free)
1/2 cup water
2 tsp oil
1/2 – 2/3 cup Sriracha hot sauce (2/3 cup if you really really like it spicy)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp peanut butter (natural will work nicely)
2 tbsp rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp maple syrup
Other dippers, like cucumbers or carrots
Preheat oven to 450, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk together flour and water until smooth (no lumps allowed!) Cut cauliflower into bite size chunks and toss until all the pieces are coated. Spread out on baking sheet and bake 15 minutes, stirring a bit halfway through.
Meanwhile, make hot sauce. Whisk together all ingredients in a small saucepan, and heat over medium-low until hot but not boiling. Set aside.
Make peanut sauce: whisk together peanut butter and water until smooth, then whisk in other ingredients. Set aside (this can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge).
After 15 minutes of roasting, transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and toss in hot sauce. Transfer bake to baking sheet and bake another 3 minutes.
Serve hot or at room temperature, with peanut dipping sauce and extra dipping veggies.
Think your guests want chicken wings? Think again. These little babies are spicy and crunchy, with a lot fewer calories and a lot more vitamins than boring old chicken wings. They pack a spicy punch, and with that irresistible peanut sauce, everyone will be wanting this recipe!