This recipe for Buffalo Cauliflower Bites was dreamt up after a long night of eating, drinking and laughing. That is usually when the best ideas are hatched! I know what you are thinking, almost anything tastes good after a long night of drinking. That is not always true, although inebriated people can get pretty creative in the kitchen at 3 AM. That combination of eating, drinking and laughing almost always occurs during Super Bowl parties as well. I guess the laugher is dependent on who you are rooting for at the time. Regardless of your team’s successes or failures, these tasty bites will make a wonderful addition to your healthy Super Bowl event.
Back to my drunken night of culinary creativity…Some Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) friends and I went out for dinner on the last night of the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) conference. We had amazing food at Cultured Caveman, a 100% Paleo restaurant with the most delicious food options. We basically ordered one of everything, which included the All Meat Chili, Chicken Broccoli Ranch Wrap, Liver Pate, homemade guacamole, and Bacon Almond Dates. We shared it all so that we could experience at least one heavenly bite of each item. If you are ever in Portland I highly recommend you check this place out!
After our divine meal we decided to explore several Portland bars. We started off at a hip place with low red lighting, light jazz, fancy martinis and tasty desserts. After all that class we decided to head back to our roots, well I will speak for myself on this one, back to my roots. A dive bar. We stumbled, literally, upon it as we walked back to our car (take off your white wig and stop judging me, the driver was sober) and I am so glad we did! Dive bars are like my Disneyland, the best place on earth. I love me a dark room, wooden booths and stools, a jukebox and a few regulars that seem to be a permanent fixture to the place.
This dive bar happened to have a few things on their shockingly lengthy menu we could actually eat, including some boiled cauliflower drenched in buffalo sauce. Some of us avoid dairy, one of us avoids sugar, and all of us avoid gluten. While the decision to eat in a bar where cross contamination runneth amuck might not be the best idea, we ended up making it out alive with no digestive issues and the idea to remake their Buffalo Cauliflower Bites into something more edible. By more edible I mean something even a sober person would enjoy! If you do dairy, top these babies with blue cheese crumbles. If you do not do dairy, pull up a huge bowl of my Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing and get to dipping!
What are your favorite Super Bowl snacks?
- Preheat oven to 375
- Prepare 3 containers with lids, or 3 zip lock bags
- In the first container put the Otto's Cassava Flour
- In the second bag put eggs and water
- In the third bag combine almond flour, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper
- Add cauliflower florets in first container, attach lid or seal and shake.
- Remove florets using slotted spoon and place in second container, shake again.
- Using slotted spoon remove florets and place in third container, shake until coated.
- Remove florets from almond flour mixture using slotted spoon
- Bake on parchment lined baking sheet for 25 minutes
- Broil for 5 minutes to crips
- While florets bake, heat buffalo sauce and butter in sauce pan
- Return florets to pan and place under broiler for additional 5 minutes (optional)
- Garnish with blue cheese crumbles and chives.