February 4, 2019

Roasted Buffalo cauliflower with blue cheese dressing


Roasted cauliflower is tossed in hot sauce and butter and dipped into a cool and creamy homemade blue cheese dressing. My husband and I received a restaurant gift card and babysitting from my mom for Christmas and the appetizer we ordered was Buffalo cauliflower. As a reminder, we live right outside Buffalo, so we don't "Buffalo" things lightly. It's serious business usually involving chicken wings, always blue cheese (never ranch), and Frank's hot sauce. I love things like chicken wing dip and Buffalo chicken mac n' cheese, but was skeptical about cauliflower. Well, it was delicious!

Being the person I am, I had to Google and see there are approximately one million recipes out there for Buffalo cauliflower already. Most of them are baked with a flour coating, which didn't sound good to me (let's just fry those, okay??). Some are baked with the sauce already on, but this just doesn't sound like the Buffalo way to do it - you toss it with the hot sauce and butter after being cooked - right?! Of course some had ranch dressing which is just a no (sorry, not sorry haha). Most were baked, but I went with roasted to really heighten the flavor of the cauliflower itself. My husband said my version was way better than the restaurant version. These are never going to replace wings, of course, but this is a great snack or appetizer, or side dish to homemade pizza or chicken fingers. I served it along with celery and carrots for dipping up all the yummy dressing and to cool down the mouth as needed. Mine came out around a medium level of heat. If you want it hotter, use less butter. If you want it more mild, use more. Or adjust the hot sauce level a little.


Roasted Buffalo cauliflower
1 head (medium/large) cauliflower, broken into bite-sized florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup Frank's hot sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Blue cheese dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
a few grinds of fresh black pepper
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
salt, to taste


for garnish:
blue cheese crumbles
chopped celery leaves

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the cauliflower and olive oil and a little salt and pepper together on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes, then flip over the cauliflower and roast another 12-18 minutes, until fork tender.

While the cauliflower cooks whisk together the hot sauce, butter, and garlic powder along with a pinch of salt in a large bowl.

Prepare the dressing in a small bowl by whisking together the mayonnaise through black pepper and then stirring in the blue cheese. Season with salt, as desired. Refrigerate until serving.

When the cauliflower is done place it in the bowl with hot sauce mixture and stir until well-coated. Transfer the cauliflower to a large platter and top with extra blue cheese crumbles and celery leaves, if desired. Serve with chilled dressing.


10 comments:

  1. Love buffalo flavours! This is such a delicious and healthy dish.

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  2. I really like this! Loaded with flavor, and reasonably healthy. Winner!

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  3. oh Amy, this is a great substitute for chicken...great combo and so much healthier...thanks for the recipe...
    I hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  4. I just love that this is a healthy twist on classic snacks! And spicy food is always a hit in my house.

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  5. Buffalo Cauliflower is one of my favorites! Delish!

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  6. I go through waves with my veggies. Right now I'm on a huge cauliflower run. This sounds like such a yummy recipe.

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  7. Yum! Buffalo cauliflower is one of my favorites! Can't wait to try this recipe.

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  8. That looks so delicious. I'm not a big cauliflower fan but I do like spicy food so I'll have to give this a try.

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  9. Looks so yummy while being healthy! Can't wait to try!

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  10. This looks delicious and is healthy! Maybe I will be able to get my family to actually eat their veggies (without having to fry them) thanks!

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