Sticky, crunchy, yielding, Bbq cauliflower bites are addictive.
Feeling low? Trying to resist that bag of bbq potato chips on the shelf? Reach for a head of cauliflower instead. Toss it in my easy peasy punched up store bought Bbq sauce, and bake until you have little golden nuggets of guilt free cauliflower crack.
Baked Bbq Cauliflower Bites will help get you through that bad break up, just like a bag of potato chips will; the difference being that you won’t have a “food hangover” in the morning. Cook up a batch (or two, I won’t tell) of sticky, spicy bbq Cauliflower bites, invite your best friend over and rent Love Actually.
Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.
When I’m feeling snacky and crave umami finger food that tastes best in pajamas I reach for;
my Bbq Ribs with Sticky Tamarind bbq sauce.
Or Seitan Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Okay laugh if you will but Smokey Maple Seitan Bacon makes a wonderfully indulgent snack at a certain time of the month.
Sticky, crunchy, smokey baked cauliflower bites satisfy your cravings without totally tanking your diet.
- 1 medium cauliflower
- 1/2 cup aquafaba*
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 cup your favorite bottled Bbq sauce
- 1/4 cup veggie broth
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Sriracha to taste optional
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
Heat your oven to 450 fahrenheit.
Cut your cauliflower into florets and set aside the center of your cauliflower for another use. I chop mine up and throw it into the daily big bowl salad we graze off of.
Place your aquafaba into one bowl and your cornmeal into another. Season the cornmeal with the onion powder and cumin.
Dip your cauliflower florets into the aquafaba and then toss to coat in the corn meal.
Shake off any extra meal and place the florets on a lightly oiled a baking sheet. Give them room to crisp by spreading them around the baking sheet so there are no huge clumps of cauliflower..
Bake for 15 minutes.
While the cauliflower is in the oven place all your sauce ingredients into medium sauce pan and simmer for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove your cauliflower from the oven and toss with the sauce. I do it right in the baking pan. Don't burn yourself!
Return to the oven and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes until the sauce is a bit caramelized and there are a few darker spots on the cauliflower.
Feel free to sprinkle on some chives of scallions for color and brightness of flavor.