I promised you another BBQ recipe before your game day party, and here it is. Similar to my BBQ Tofu Sliders, this is a pretty basic recipe that is easy to whip up on game day. The best part is, these are also great for dinner during the week or an easy way to trick your kids into eating veggies. Tasty, tender, BBQ bites disguised as VEGETABLES. Go ahead, you can pat yourself on the back for that one.
Not gonna lie, cauliflower has been reaaaaal expensive lately with shortage. I saw small cauliflower heads at my grocery store for 6 DOLLARS. You’ve gotta be kidding me. But then, you’ll never guess where I saw them on sale for $3. You probably didn’t guess Whole Foods. But you know it, $3 a cauliflower head at the one and only. They were purple so maybe people aren’t into that, but makes no difference to me!
Back to these bites. They are dunked in an almond milk and flour mixture to coat them before baking for about 35 minutes. Then, you toss them in BBQ sauce and bake for another 10. I’m still working on a decent vegan blue cheese/ranch sauce. I’ve tried a few variations and not gonna lie, I didn’t feel great about sharing them with ya’ll. So, I promise I’ll keep working on it and maybe by the time anyone actually reads this blog I’ll have a good recipe! 🙂 In the meantime, there are some good non dairy sauces out there for both blue cheese and ranch. If you aren’t a dairy free reader, Bolthouse Farms makes some tasty yogurt based dressings that won’t make you feel guilty about dunking the crap out of these bites in it.
Enjoy the weekend, folks! And go Broncos!
BBQ Cauliflower Bites
Time: 1 hr
- 1 head cauliflower, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 cup unsweetened non dairy milk *
- 1 cup vegan BBQ sauce, I used Annie’s
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 450 deg F. Line two baking sheets with tinfoil and grease well with olive oil or whatever baking spray you prefer. Combine flour, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl and whisk together. Once oven has preheated, dip cauliflower chunks into the mixture, coating completely. Try to get rid of any excess coating, else it will pool around your bites. Not appetizing. I usually just shake it bake and forth in the bowl a few times and that does the trick. Spread coated pieces out onto baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes, rotating half way through.
2. Place BBQ sauce in a large bowl. Once you have removed your bites from the oven, dump them in small batches (5-6) bites and coat them completely. Again, you’ll want to fling off any excess sauce. Place bites on the baking sheet and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
3. Remove cauliflower bites from the oven and coat a second time with any additional BBQ sauce you have left over. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving, and enjoy immediately. Serve with celery sticks if your fancy, or whatever.
* I used unsweetened almond by Califa Farms but you can use just about anything. Avoid milks that have a sweetener added.