My Fried Buffalo Cauliflower Secret Recipe

I hope you enjoyed my top 5 quick & easy quarantine recipes to mix up your go to meals! Check out my last post here. If you follow my stories on Instagram, you may have voted for me to share this fried buffalo cauliflower recipe in a recent poll. I'm so happy to share this one with you because 1. it's freaking delicious! and 2. my favorite thing about it is it can be used for SO many different dishes! We love fried buffalo cauliflower pizza, tacos, & po' boys, but I bet there's so many more delicious recipes you can make with these! First, let me give you the "not-so-secret-anymore" recipe! Before I get started though, I do not have exact measurements for the ingredients. These are all guesstimates. However, the good news in that is, you can't f*$> this up {I've made this so many times and obviously each time the measurements are different so it's ok}! I also like knowing I don't need measurements for this, so I don't always have to pull up a recipe while making dinner and I can just free hand it. If you still feel like you need a little more reassuring, check out my "Recipe" highlight on our Instagram and tap all the way through until the end {I posted a video of me making these recently so you can see how I did it}.

Fried Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe:

Ingredients: - 1 head of cauliflower - Flour {any kind should do- I've used All purpose & Garbanzo Bean} - Water

- 1 Tbsp salt - 1/2 Tbsp pepper

- 1 Tbsp garlic powder

- 1/2 Tbsp onion powder

- 1/2 Tbsp paprika

- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast {optional}

- 1 tsp dried herbs {of your choice- I use dried thyme, parsley, and/or basil}

- 1 cup of crackers, crushed {corn flakes, or panko breadcrumbs all work}

- 1/2 cup of oil {choose an oil that's safe at high temperatures like safflower,

avocado, grape seed, or sunflower oil}

- Buffalo sauce {we like Sweet Baby Ray's brand} 1. Chop a head of cauliflower into small 1 inch florets {size is up to you, but I usually make them bigger for tacos and po' boys, smaller for pizza- keep in mind the smaller you make them the more work you have to do lol}.

2. In a small bowl, add about 1/2 cup of flour. Slowly mix in water a tablespoon at a time while stirring with a whisk or fork until it forms a thin runny paste {think a pourable smoothie}. If it's too thick, it will be hard to coat, just add more water. Alternately, if it's too thin like a watery consistency, add more flour. {You might have to add more flour and water for the 2nd coat, so don't overthink these measurements!} 3. In another small bowl, add about 1 cup of flour, 1 Tbsp salt, 1/2 Tbsp pepper, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1/2 Tbsp onion powder, 1/2 Tbsp paprika, 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, and 1 tsp of any herbs you would like. Mix together.

4. Dip each cauliflower floret into the wet batter, then the dry. Set aside.

5. Once they have all been coated once, add 1 cup of crushed crackers, corn flakes, or panko breadcrumbs to the flour & spices bowl. 6. Dip each cauliflower floret once more in the wet batter, then the dry {this coating gives it that extra crunch}. 7. In a small bowl, pour about 1/2 cup of oil. Dip each floret into oil, shake off excess. Place spread apart in your air fryer on 390 degrees for 10 minutes. {Bake in batches so you don't overcrowd and they can cook evenly}.

8. Flip/ shake and fry for another 5-10 minutes or until they are brown and crispy. Toss in buffalo sauce and serve immediately. *After all the cauliflower has been dipped twice in batter, I usually fry half of the cauliflower and freeze the other half for another day. Put cauliflower on a plate and stick in the freezer for 1 hour. Then transfer to a Tupperware and freeze for up to 1 month.* *If you don't have an air fryer, you can also deep fry these on the stove. Heat oil in a shallow pot on medium high heat {use enough oil to cover cauliflower}. Once the oil is hot and bubbles when you drop something in {test a piece out}, throw a few pieces of cauliflower in at a time. Scoop out with a slotted spoon once they're nice and brown and put on a plate with a napkin or towel to soak the excess oil. Toss in buffalo sauce and serve immediately.*

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Hope you enjoy this recipe and all the new yummy meals you can whip up with cauliflower! Mark and I are not even big cauliflower fans, but fried and covered in buffalo sauce? YES PLEASE! If you make this recipe, I would love to see your creations! Please tag me on Instagram @pineandperfume and also let me know what you'd like to eat next! :)