The Super Bowl is this Sunday! Did it sneak up on you like it snuck up on me? Okay, confession time. I look forward to the Super Bowl every year. I enjoy watching the game and having friends over, but I’m not really all about the game. (I don’t even know who’s playing this year). I am, however, all about the snacks! Is anyone surprised? I had made these cauliflower buffalo bites in December on a whim and thought, “Omg, these would be perfect for the Super Bowl, but how do I keep them under wraps until then? February is soooo far away.” I don’t like keeping things from my friends :/
Aaand, *poof* it’s February. Ironically I was about to share a different recipe today that also features cauliflower as the main ingredient and now I’m going to have to keep that one under wraps. At least I only need to wait until next week to share that recipe. And guys and gals, it may be the best recipe I’ve ever come up with. I’m serious.
Cauliflower is having a huge moment right now and I’m totally buying into it. It’s just so crazy versatile. Cauliflower’s neutral flavor makes it a perfect substitute for creamy, starchy things. You can’t exactly hide broccoli in mashed potatoes the way you can cauliflower.
Did you know that cauliflower is in the same family as kale, broccoli and collards? Obviously, vegetables=healthy things, but I was curious just how healthy cauliflower is and, whoa!
In a one cup serving:
5 g carbs, 2 g fiber and 2 g protein
77% vitamin C
High in antioxidants
Anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, cancer-preventing
These cute little florets pack a serious nutritional punch!
So these buffalo bites. So addictingly crunchy and full of flavor. I’m not going to tell you to forgo the wings (let’s be realistic here), but starting with these bites is a sneaky way to get your veggies in, and after all the buffalo-flavored goodness and cool blue cheese yogurt sauce, you may just be so satisfied you only reach for 2 or 3 wings over the course of the game.
That’s my secret to not over-indulging. I eat the veggies and other healthy goodies first and then allow myself one or two of the indulgent stuff guilt-free. I’m usually full by then so I don’t want more than that.
Make these, set them out with the other Super Bowl snacks and then come back here and let me know how they went over. Pawn them off as your own idea. You’ll definitely get points for creativity.
Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
Makes 6-8 portions
Adapted from Craftsy.com
1 medium head of cauliflower
1 cup rice flour
1 cup corn flour
1/2 cup milk of choice (I used hemp)
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup buffalo style hot sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons melted butter
Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce:
1 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
3 tbsp crumbled blue cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon chopped dill
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wash and trim cauliflower into bite-size florets. Whisk the rice flour, corn flour, milk, water, paprika, salt, and pepper in a medium sized bowl until thoroughly combined. Coat each cauliflower floret with a thin layer of batter and evenly space on the baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes, flipping half way through.
While baking, stir together the buffalo sauce and melted butter in a bowl. Remove cauliflower from the oven. Generously brush the top of each floret with the buffalo mixture. Place back in the oven for 15-17 minutes until golden and crunchy. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before digging in.
To make the blue cheese sauce:
Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until reaching your desired texture. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
Are you all on the cauliflower bandwagon? If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, what kind of yummy snacks are you planning to serve?
With so much love, Sam