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Ahh man, I do not even know where to begin.

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The excitement for these little bites… well if you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time then you know that my family loves buffalo sauce. The brothers love buffalo chicken, but my dad just really loves the sauce, he could take or leave the chicken. I’m right there with him, I love the sauce, but definitely can forgo the chicken. My speciality for years has been buffalo chicken pizza… minus the chicken. Instead of chicken, I use broccoli. Yes, the boys are disgusted, and in years past I would make them their own separate pizza… with chicken. I don’t do that any more for many reasons, mainly because I’m busy, but also because I’ve started to care less about whether the boys are served food they will actually eat (they’re not in preschool!).

You could say I’ve become totally mean, but I think it’s actually just the opposite, I think I’ve actually lightened up over the years… but that’s a story for another day.

SIDE NOTE: I have been sitting in my desk chair all day long and I am at the point where the fidgeting is so bad that I literally just fell out of my chair. Sad but true.

DOUBLE SIDE NOTE: I am so ready to jump up and down and basically do anything other than FOCUS that I just sent ten seriously annoying snaps (aka snapchats…you should follow @hbharvest for all the behind the scenes) to my brother. UGH. Help me. Also, he probably hates me right about now because he is at school and I sent him about five snaps of cookies/cookie dough…his fav. Ok, maybe I have gotten meaner.

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So anyway, it was only a matter of time before I took cauliflower and covered it in spicy sauce. I actually sort of did it last year for this buffalo pizza, but these sriracha buffalo cauliflower bites, they’re the real deal.

First the cauliflower gets rolled in a little breading, then it’s off to the oven to be baked to perfection. Once they’ve finished baking they get covered in the BEST sriracha buffalo sauce. Honestly, you will not even realize you are eating cauliflower. All you will realize is that it’s so dang good. I think these bites may be one of my dad’s favorites. He and I both loved them, especially when dipped in that blue cheese sauce (YUM, and it’s made healthier with greek yogurt!). There really are no words.

Well, no words other than SO DANG GOOD.

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Okay, so here’s the deal. I did bread the cauliflower bites before roasting them, mostly because I really wanted all that yummy sauce to adhere, but I was also really trying to mimic traditional buffalo chicken bites. Personally, I think the breading is delicious, and totally a must, BUT if you want something a little lighter, you can always ditch it. Just roast the cauliflower and then toss in the buffalo sauce. Personally, I would serve them as a side, because this way they’re really just spicy roasted cauliflower, but whatever works for you!

For me, its breading all the way!

Now lets talk about the sriracha buffalo sauce. I usually don’t mess with my beloved buffalo sauce recipe, BUT I was feeling the need to switch things up, and sriracha has become a go-to for me. SO, sriracha buffalo sauce it was, and guys, man I am so incredibly happy I went out of my comfort zone. This sauce is KILLER. It’s kind of a mix between Asian and American, but it still has the buffalo flavors you love. That doesn’t really make sense… just know that it’s good!

I highly recommend doubling the recipe for the sauce. I mean, you can never, ever, have too much sauce. All the sauce please!!!

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Alrighty, and lastly I made a super quick and much healthier blue cheese dressing/dip/sauce. I just cannot do anything buffalo without a little blue cheese. Blue cheese + buffalo sauce is maybe one of the world’s greatest combos. <–truth

And that’s pretty much how it all goes. My internet friends, welcome to the world of buffalo chicken… minus the actual chicken. Such a delicious world to be apart of!!

And I am out…

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Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 376 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 small or 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups panko bread crumbs may use a gluten free bread crumb if needed
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese omit if vegan
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt + pepper
  • 1/2 cup sriracha
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce I like using Franks hot sauce
  • 6 tablespoon butter melted vegan eaters can use vegan butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce OR fish sauce

Lighter Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper.
  • Add the beaten eggs to a bowl. In another separate bowl combine the bread crumbs, parmesan, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Dip each cauliflower floret though the egg and then dredge though the bread crumbs, making sure to cover the cauliflower completely in the bread crumbs. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, turning the cauliflower halfway through cooking.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the sriracha, hot sauce, butter and soy sauce (or fish sauce) until smooth. Once the cauliflower are done roasting, gently toss with the sriracha buffalo sauce and then return each piece to the baking sheet. Place back in the oven to warm through, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley. Serve with the greek yogurt blue cheese sauce (recipe below).

Lighter Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Sauce

  • In a bowl, mix together the yogurt, blue cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust salt + pepper to your liking. Keep stored in the fridge until ready to use. Will keep for 1 week.
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If you need me, DON’T. Me and these sriracha buffalo cauliflower bites have a lunch date. YES.

P.S. Asher found me the cutest dog in the paper today, he is a seven-year old husky malamute mix, and oh my gosh, I want him. Someone please leave me comments talking me OUT of getting a dog… or maybe talking me into one?? Help.

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  1. 5 stars
    This has become one of my favorite comfort meals. My family likes to eat it with macaroni and cheese to balance out the spiciness.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight, and I couldn’t have been happier with it! The cauliflower was good without putting the Buffalo sauce on it, but the sauce definitely made it fantastic! I didn’t make the dipping sauce, but ate it as is. I will absolutely be making this again!!!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these for Superbowl last night in an air fryer. Shortened the cooking time to about 15 minutes, flipping at 7. Roasted for 5 minutes after dressing in hot sauce. They were delicious!!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      I have not tested these in the air fryer, but I am sure it would work well! I hope you enjoy the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I may never eat chicken wings again!! Made these last night for the football game and they were amazing! Blue Cheese Yogurt dressing is also perfection with them. Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for these Cauliflower Bites!!! These bites are a go to favorite with my book club! Actually, at least one of your recipes whether it’s a drink or food item you are always featured in our meetings. Thank you for the wonderful recipes!

  6. 5 stars
    Yum. Just yum. I have been craving some GOOD bar food. You know what I mean? Like, those overpriced brewery bites of Brussels sprouts or pretzels and bier cheese. But, like many people rn, I am avoiding public spaces. And bar food just doesn’t taste the same from take-out containers… So, when these popped into my feed, I couldn’t help myself. They were SO GOOD. Instead of panko, I used Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels crumble that I found at my local grocery store – EXTRA YUM. Thanks for another delicious recipe 🙂

  7. 4 stars
    This turned out delicious and dang is it SPICY!! I think if I made it again I’d cut the hot sauce in 1/2 or if for a group do a couple different levels of heat.

    Can’t wait to make these for friends- you know when that’s a thing again 🙂

    1. Haha yes! Hopefully it will be a thing soon! I am really glad this turned out so well for you, Kathleen! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan

  8. Good morning,

    Can these be cooked ahead and warmed up in the oven?

    Also any substitution suggestions for the blue cheese in the dip?

    1. Hi Lisa,
      You can definitely make these ahead and then reheat. In place of the blue cheese I would just use another dipping sauce that you enjoy. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    These are so unbelievably delicious! Splash of fish sauce-who knew!? Pleased my chicken wing loving boyfriend. That sauce…wow! Skipped the cheese, and add copious amounts of garlic powder to the sauce.

  10. 5 stars
    The ONLY thing I tried was the buffalo sauce and substituted diary butter, for vegan butter, and liquid aminos instead of soy sauce. *I did not try any other parts of this recipe* I just gotta say it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS sauce. Such a hit. I will make over and over.