The “Big Game” and buffalo wings. Two things we have absolutely no business talking about… But we are going to anyway. Well, sort of.
For starters, growing up in a different country, we never got that whole obsession with football (for us, “futbol” will forever be what you guys call “soccer”). As much as I love sports, for the life of me I cannot understand what the heck is going on during a game. I mean, I get the main concept and the what the goal is and all, but anything in between, I’m absolutely clueless. I’m pretty sure my metric brain still gets lost every time the word “yard” gets thrown into the conversation, even after all these years… But anyway, I don’t think my understanding of the game (or lack there of, rather) really matters, since the whole thing is really about the show and parties more than it is about the sport itself.
With that said, let’s talk game day food. We mentioned buffalo wings earlier, which obviously we don’t eat (in fact, we’ve never eaten them), but we do have a meatless alternative that is just as good (if not better). Because really, who wants to eat big pieces of fried fat and skin, right??
A few weeks ago, we made roasted Sriracha cauliflower bites from Thug Kitchen’s cookbook, which gave us the inspiration for this recipe: buffalo cauliflower with Sincerely Brigitte’s Blue Marble Cheddar dipping sauce.
The lightly battered cauliflower is baked in the oven and tossed in spicy buffalo sauce. And the blue cheese dip is velvety and cooling. So deliciously addictive, no one will miss the meat!
- 1 medium to large cauliflower head, cut into small florets ( about 7-8 cups)
- ⅔ cup flour
- 2 tsp corn starch
- ⅔ cup water
- ½ cup store bought buffalo wing sauce
- For the Blue Marble Sauce
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp four
- 3.5 oz ounces Sincerely Brigitte Blue Marble Cheese, cut into small cubes
- ¾ cup milk
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, corn starch and water until smooth (make sure there aren't any lumps). Add cauliflower florets and toss until well coated
- Transfer cauliflower to the line baking sheet, coat generously with cooking spray and bake for 25 minutes
- Heat buffalo sauce in a small sauce pan and keep it warm
- When the cauliflower is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and pour buffalo sauce over it. Toss until well coated. Bring the temperature of the oven up to 450F
- Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet and bake at 450F for 7 minutes
- While cauliflower is baking, prepare the cheese sauce.
- In a small sauce pan melt butter over low heat. Add flour, whisking well until it starts to brown slightly (it should start to look golden brown) . Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Add cheese and continue cooking until sauce has thickened and cheese is melted. Serve warm.