Monday, September 24, 2012

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Vegan Bleu Cheeeze!

So, I'm trying this new thing this week that includes making a new recipe everyday that also consists of cross-utilizing my "inventory" (sorry, I work too much in foodservice), and someone was saying it while we were doing a case study today in class! WELL ANYWAYS, part of my menu for the week consisted of the infamous Cauliflower. For today? Vegan Buffalo Bites Inspired by 86 Lemons. I saw this recipe on Veg News Pinterest board and I HAD to try it. Going veghead, I knew the one thing that I was going to miss would be buffalo chicken- it was my ultimate favorite. After seeing this recipe, I didn't even wait a week to try this out: it had to be done. The results? Ultimate awesomeness.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Bleu Cheeze
For the Cauliflower Bites
1/2 head Cauliflower, crumbled into nugget-sized pieces
1/2 Cup Flour
3/4 Cup Almond or Soy Milk
2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper, to taste 
1 Cup Sriracha (The Only thing Different, Really)
2 Tablespoons EVOO

For the Bleu Cheeze
1/4 cup X-tra Firm Tofu, Crumbled
1 Cup Vegan Mayonnaise ( I used the one for dressing)
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Juice from 1 Lemon (Use half, then taste to see if you need the other half)
Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons Garlic Powder

1) Preheat oven to 450 F
2) Whisk together the flour, milk, garlic powder, 1/2 cup sriracha salt and pepper until it is smooth (You might need to add more milk if it is too lumpy). Dunk in your cauliflower bites.
3) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or drizzle oil over it. Use a slotted spoot to pick up your cauliflower nuggets and place it on baking sheet. Drizzle the remaining dressing from mixing bowl on top. Bake for 20 minutes.
4) While it is baking, make the bleu cheeze- combine all the ingredients except your crumbled Tofu and mix with a fork. Taste to see if you need more lemon juice- it should be a sour yet blue cheeeezy taste. Once you have the right taste, add in your crumbled tofu and mix only to combine.
5) When Cauliflower bites are done, take out and add the 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons EVOO to the top and bake for another five minutes.
6) Serve with side of bleu cheese, celery and enjoy!!!!

1 comment:

  1. cant wait to try these with the cauliflower i just got from the farm!!! even matts excited and he hates cauliflower! lolz