Here is s super quick and delicious appetizer that will satisfy your craving for spicy buffalo sauce but, at the same time….. keep you on track with a healthy and nutritious diet.
Buffalo cauliflower is one of the latest creations on many clean-eating blogs and on Pinterest as well. I have wanted to try this for a while and finally gave it go a couple of weeks back. My husband, who loves buffalo sauce and generally prefers it on chicken wings, taste tested this fabulous appetizer for me. He went crazy for these little cauliflower bites and I had a hard time convincing him to save a few for me.
Cauliflower is a great source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin. It is a good source of vitamin B1, B2 and B3, potassium, magnesium and protein as well. In addition to these benefits, one serving of cauliflower contains 77% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C.
I like to serve the buffalo cauliflower with celery sticks and a side of Greek yogurt ranch dressing or lighter, cleaner blue cheese dressing. Frank’s is my preferred brand of hot sauce for this appetizer. Even though it is a store bought hot sauce, it has no artificial ingredients or preservatives and the flavor is prefect.
These savory little bites will be the hit of any Christmas party or holiday gathering with family and friends. I hope you’ll give them a try.
Enjoy…. and Merry Christmas!
|Buffalo Cauliflower Bites|| |
- 3-4 cups of Cauliflower, broken into bite size pieces (about ½ head of cauliflower)
- ½ cup of buffalo sauce (I used Frank's hot sauce)
- 1-2 Tbsp. of ghee, or unsalted butter
- ½ tsp. of garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. of paprika
- 1 Tbsp. of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped.
- Heat oven to 425 degrees.
- Wash and cut the cauliflower into bite size pieces and set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, place hot sauce, ghee or butter, garlic powder and paprika.
- Heat until ghee or butter is melted and all ingredients have combined well.
- Toss the cauliflower in the sauce and place it on a baking sheet, reserving remaining sauce.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 12-15 minutes.... or until slightly softened. (Do not overcook. Cauliflower should be slightly firm.)
- Remove from the oven, drizzle a little of the remaining sauce over the cooked cauliflower and place onto a serving platter.
- Garnish with parsley and serve with celery sticks and dressing of your choice.
***The information on the nutritional benefits of cauliflower was found at the website www.whfoods.com.