Cauliflower “Hot Wings”

Hot wings and cauliflower are not something I would imagine together, but with all the cauliflower we have been harvesting Im looking for creative ways to eat it.

9 lb head of cauliflower

We love cauliflower around our house. There are so many ways to use it, soups, steamed, riced, casserole with cheese and on and on, but mostly I like to eat it raw or in a salad. As I’ve mentioned before our garden grew a lot of produce this year. I think it was the hot weather, or the fact that we watered a lot. What ever it was we have been eating and eating for the past months. The store bought cauliflower is wonderful and im grateful that we have that option in January, but once I tasted the home grown variety it will be hard to not compare and even have abit of growers pride over the ones we have been enjoying.

The head in the picture above was 9 lbs! One can eat on that for days!

Having enjoyed the raw tender heads for the past weeks I did want to venture out and at least try something else. Our daughter suggested to make “hot wings”. She said it’s all the rage and it’s everywhere on line. She was right, I found a ton of recipes and it didn’t sound too daunting. After all, I didn’t want to wreck my fine home grown cauliflower, the one that I like to eat raw.

The recipe suggestions on line were all very similar, mainly coating bite size pieces with a batter then baking in the oven adding a hot sauce of your choice.

I’ll share my made up recipe here with you and feel free to adapt it to what works best for you as I did.

  • Preheat oven to 450* F
  • Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
  • Cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces, keeping them as uniform as this helps them bake evenly.
  • Mix 1 cup flower, 1 tsp Paprika and 1 tsp salt together.
  • Mix 1/2 cup sour cream with 1 1/2 cup water to make a thin sour milk. You can use 1 cup buttermilk if you have it and then 1 cup water. I didn’t have buttermilk so I invented my own sour liquid.
  • Whisk the liquid into the flour mix to make a thin batter similar to pancake batter.
  • Add the cauliflower pieces and coat them well.
  • Place the cauliflower bits onto the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake in hot oven for 15 minutes until the batter is set.
  • While the cauliflower is baking melt 2 Tbsp butter in sauce pan and add 1/2 cup hot sauce, melt together and set aside.
  • After 15 minutes of baking, brush hot sauce onto the cauliflower, I used Franks and also brushed some with BBQ sauce.
  • Flip cauliflower and brush other side.
  • Return to oven and broil for 3-5 minutes until browned.

To serve add some carrot sticks and broccoli spears as a nice touch. Two possible dipping sauces are blue cheese dressing or ranch. This is a great game day snack, or even movie night. We made corn on the cob and had a vegetable supper. Any way you eat these, they are enjoyable.

Ready to eat!

These are a great way to still get your veggies and prepare something new. Enjoy !

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