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Southern Hot Honey Cauliflower Bites
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Southern Hot Honey Cauliflower Bites

Hot Honey Cauliflower Bites are an oven-baked crispy and saucy game day appetizer with Southern roots.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Keyword appetizer, baked, bites, cauliflower, crispy, dinner, easy, hot honey, lunch, southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

Ingredients

CAULIFLOWER BITES:

  • 1 head of Cauliflower, chopped in medium chunks
  • 3 cups bread crumbs  (See Notes!)
  • ¾ cup organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Almond milk
  • ¼ cup hot honey (I love Mike's Hot Honey!)
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt + black pepper, each
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

HOT HONEY SAUCE:

  • 6 Tbsps unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

TO MAKE THE CAULIFLOWER BITES:

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. NOTE: Doing this step is a MUST to prevent sticking.
  • In a medium bowl, add the milk, flour, hot honey, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes, and whisk together until fully combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add bread crumbs and set aside also. 
  • Now, dip each cauliflower into batter (shaking off any excess) and then toss into bread crumbs. Then lay each cauliflower side by side on the baking sheet (about an inch apart). Repeat until all cauliflower are coated.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and “crunchy” looking. NOTE: If not crispy enough, turn on broil and bake for another 5-10 minutes.

TO MAKE THE HOT HONEY SAUCE:

  • Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and whisk together until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and let everything simmer for about 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Once thickened enough to desired consistency, remove from heat and let cool.
  • Once cauliflowers are crisp, remove from oven and toss them in the sauce until fully coated. Add coated cauliflower back to baking sheet and place them back in the oven (turning oven on broil) for about 5-6 minutes.
  • To serve, add cauliflower bites to a salad, tacos, atop pasta, as a topping on pizza, with quinoa or rice, or by themselves with Vegan Ranch dipping sauce.
  • Bon Appetit!

Notes

  • STORAGE: Best if consumed within the same day. Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in oven when ready to serve.
  • HOMEMADE BREADCRUMBS: To make your own breadcrumbs, simply grind 1-2 cups of cubed bread into a food processor until finely chopped. Place crumbs onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out evenly. Bake for 5-6 minutes in the oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally. Once brown + crisp, remove from oven and let cool. Continue recipe steps and store remaining breadcrumbs in a tightly sealed container.