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Crunchy Baked Hot Honey Cauliflower. I turned a favorite chicken dinner that’s loved by all into an even better vegetarian appetizer/dinner! Cornflake-crusted cauliflower baked up on a sheet pan until crispy and delicious. Each cauliflower “wing” is tossed in my sweet honey sauce with the perfect combination of spices and sea salt. Then serve these little delicacies with a homemade creamy sauce. Together they make a delicious appetizer to serve up to family and friends.
I wasn’t going to make this recipe. Wait, let me rephrase. I was always going to make this recipe, but I wasn’t thinking I would share this recipe. It felt, at the time, a little too soon after the very popular crunchy hot honey chicken recipe that I shared just over a month ago.
These “wings” are basically the same, but swap the chicken for cauliflower.
So it wasn’t rocket science to think this recipe up. But then I made the recipe and the entire family just couldn’t get over how delicious the cauliflower was. My mom said it was stupid not to share this, especially with the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday. And when my mom disagrees with my decisions, I almost always end up doing what she says.
Moms always know, have trust in that.
So here we are, the Monday before Super Bowl Sunday, and I have the best game-day appetizer. Really, the best.
Why are cauliflower “wings” better than chicken? It’s simple, the cauliflower soaks up all the sauce…like all of the sauce.
The chicken just has sauce as a coating…of course, still delicious. But the cauliflower acts differently when paired up with my creamy wing sauce. Oh so yummy!
Start with the coating. Cornflakes are the star, they give the chicken that perfect crunch. I’ve tested other cereals, but everyone in the family agrees cornflakes have the best taste and crunch. Even over Panko.
I use Nature’s Path, Organic Corn Flakes Cereal, which is naturally gluten-free and non-GMO. I order it online, but if you’re looking for something in-store, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are both good options.
You can also just use a box of basic cornflakes too.
Crunch the cornflakes up in a food processor with paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Then add the parmesan cheese, this is secret #2, especially when talking about using cauliflower versus chicken. The cheese adds a salty flavor that melts over the cauliflower and helps coat and flavor each floret.
Next, dredge the florets through eggs beaten together with hot sauce. Nothing fancy, just bake, flip, and bake again.
Totally no fuss.
While the wings are baking, warm the honey on the stove with hot sauce, cayenne, and chipotle chili powder. The chili powder adds a very subtle smokiness to the sweet, spicy, and salty sauce.
Use as little or as much of the sauce as you’d like. But personally, I end up drizzling every last drop of sauce over the cauliflower because it’s SO DELICIOUS.
Oh, and the wing sauce!! Do not skip this. It adds so much to the recipe. The spicy, saucy “wings” need a creamy sauce to cut the heat. I make my sauce with yogurt, then a squeeze of lemon juice, Worcestershire, chives, and then either crumbled blue cheese or parmesan. Well, I always, always use blue cheese, it’s just kind of a non-negotiable for us.
So yummmy with the spicy sauce!
And then serve!! Lots of sauce on the side for dipping. The perfect game day appetizer, but equally great when served over rice to make a meal.
Either way, each “wing” is delish.
Looking for more game day recipes? Here are a few to try:
Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Soft Pretzels
Fried Buffalo Goat Cheese Balls
Baked Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls with Cilantro Lime Ranch
Buffalo Cauliflower with Spicy Tahini Ranch
Crispy Jalapeño Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Lastly, if you make these Crunchy Baked Hot Honey Cauliflower, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Love this recipe! Do you think I could take this to a “potluck” style dinner and it would travel?
Sure, I don’t see why not! Let me know if you have any other questions! xT
Would these be good reheated as leftovers? 🙂
Sure, I would just reheat them in the oven to get a nice crisp:) Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx
This blew my mind! SO yummy…that hot sweet honey sauce is just to die for! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better you put it on the salmon and made those rice bowls..OMG mind blown…was the best thing I ever made.
I didn’t need the dipping sauce for the cauliflower…just drenched it in the sweet hot honey!
Amazing!! Love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xx
I had a hard time getting the cornflakes to stick to the cauliflower. Any suggestions for the next time I make it? My husband still really enjoyed it!
Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback! I would make sure you let any extra eggs and sauce drip off of the cauliflower before tossing in the cornflakes. I hope this helps! xx