Sometimes it’s hard to be at parties with your non-vegetarian friends. Most popular American appetizers contain meat, and convincing my friends to make substitutes isn’t always easy. One thing that I miss is the spicy kick of a good buffalo dish. I’d only ever seen it smothered over chicken wings, so after becoming a veggie I accepted my buffalo-less future. Recently, though, I saw a picture of cauliflower florets baked in a spicy orange sauce and it hit me: I can do buffalo (and guilt-free, at that)! Serve with celery sticks or cucumber slices and your favorite condiment for an after-bite cooling agent.
Prep time: 10 minutes for pre-heat
Cook time: 15 minutes
- 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut at florets
- 1/2 c flour
- 1/2 c soy milk
- 1/4 c water
- 1/2 c sriracha or other hot sauce
- 2 garlic gloves, crushed or minced
- a few dashes of lemon juice
- dash of salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix flour, soy milk, water, garlic, and hot sauce in a bowl. You want the batter to be light and smooth so that it will bake crispy. If it’s too thick, it will bake into a mushy dough-like consistency. Dip florets into the mix and coat completely. Place them in a baking dish or tray, and bake for 15 minutes. Top with salt, pepper, and a few squirts of lemon juice.