For this excellent vegetarian game-day snack, cauliflower florets are dipped in a light batter and roasted until just tender, then tossed in buttery hot sauce and cooked until caramelized.
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3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup sparkling water, chilled
2/3 cup red hot sauce, preferably Frank’s RedHot
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Canola oil, for brushing
1 large head of cauliflower, cored and cut into 2-inch florets
Blue cheese dressing and celery sticks, for serving
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 450°. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cornstarch, baking powder, garlic powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Add the chilled sparkling water and whisk until a smooth batter forms.
In a small saucepan, warm the hot sauce with the butter over moderate heat until the butter is melted. Keep warm.
Lightly brush 2 rimmed baking sheets with canola oil. Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter, letting the excess drip back into the bowl, then arrange them on the prepared sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the batter is just beginning to brown and the cauliflower is just tender. Drizzle the buttery hot sauce over the cauliflower, toss gently to coat and bake for 18 to 20 minutes longer, until the sauce is lightly caramelized. Season the buffalo cauliflower with salt and serve warm with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.
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