I’ve long held my sister Kim’s fashion advice as gospel, but since her diet consisted solely of Doritos for much of her childhood, I never imagined taking vegetable direction from her.
Yet, ever since she named cauliflower the hottest vegetable of the year, I’ve been buying a head or two a week. Mostly, I roast it with olive oil and add parmesan, lemon or sea salt, or on a fancy day, mixed with pine nuts, mint and Meyer lemons:
I’ve also tried letting cauliflower be something else entirely, like steaming and smashing it into cauliflower “rice” for a stir fry.
And now I have a new favorite way to enjoy this trendy veg.
I’ve been making variations of Buffalo Cauliflower since Superbowl Sunday – beginning with pan frying cauliflower first battered in cornstarch, egg and panko. To lighten it up a bit, I then tried dredging cauliflower in flour and then baking. Yummy, but just as messy. And it didn’t make sense. Why take a perfectly lovely healthy (not to mention trendy) vegetable and bread/fry the thing and pretend its healthier than chicken? And both variations took far too long to make considering how quickly I consumed it.
I’m learning what makes a dish stick in my repertoire: I have to be able to make it without looking at a recipe, using the fewest pots possible. I’ve deconstructed this enough that you can now barely call it a recipe. It’s more just an outstanding combination – perfect for a summer BBQ. This tastes like junk food, but truly isn’t – just cauliflower, a little olive oil, and low-calorie/low-fat buffalo sauce.
Buffalo Cauliflower – The Easy Way
Chop and rinse your cauliflower and pat dry. For wing look-a-likes, you can chop larger pieces of cauliflower, but I prefer bite size chunks.
Spread on baking pan covered with parchment or aluminum foil. Drizzle olive oil on top and toss with your fingers to distribute. For a little extra crisp/breading, you can sprinkle with panko or breadcrumbs.
Hoping you enjoy a nice long weekend. To our nation’s military families, we are thinking of you and the many sacrifices made for our freedom. Thank you for your service.