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Cooking In College: Buffalo cauliflower serves up a new take on veggies

Buffalo cauliflower is a low-calorie, low cholesterol option over traditional wings. (Photos by Heather Hamilton)
Buffalo cauliflower is a low-calorie, low cholesterol option over traditional wings. (Photos by Heather Hamilton)

Who says you need meat to enjoy spicy food with the word “buffalo” in it?

Sure, there are chicken substitutes and other vegetarian-friendly alternatives, but why not try spicing up something more unique, such as boring cauliflower?

Buffalo cauliflower is hot, delicious and easy to make. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take one head of cauliflower and cut it into florets — cut the leaves and stem off the cauliflower head and slice the branches of the head into smaller, sliced broccoli-shaped pieces. Then toss the florets with a mixture of a tablespoon of vegetable oil, salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the florets onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Put the sheet into the oven and bake for 20- 30 minutes or until the florets are lightly browned.

When the florets are done baking, toss them in a bowl with 1/4 cup hot sauce of your choosing (Tabasco brand Buffalo-Style Hot Sauce is perfect for the recipe) and a tablespoon of butter. Mix until all florets are completely coated, and then serve with either blue cheese or ranch dressing and a side of celery.

Adding Tabasco’s Buffalo Style Hot Sauce to the mixing concoction gives the cauliflower a kick comparable to hot wings, but it’s not filling enough to be a meal.
Adding Tabasco’s Buffalo Style Hot Sauce to the mixing concoction gives the cauliflower a kick comparable to hot wings, but it’s not filling enough to be a meal.

While this dish won’t serve well as a meal on its own, it makes a fantastic snack for get-togethers and a unique side with dinner.

It’s one way to get the kids to eat their vegetables, at least.

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup hot sauce

1 tablespoon butter, melted

blue cheese or ranch dressing (optional)

celery stick (optional)

Written by Heather Hamilton

Hi! I'm Heather, the A&E Editor for TNL. I like sappy romance music, long walks on the beach, watching Doctor Who... Oh, wait, this isn't a personal ad. Whoops. In any case, I love my job, and my little corner of The Paper. The art, music, dance, and theatre scenes are always so interesting to me, and I adore taking the time to explore and write about them. I feel that they are an under appreciated part of society, despite how important they are TO society. How did the Greeks introduce moral concepts to one another and debate them? Through plays. See kids, they ARE important! If you have any ideas for me, please feel free to get in touch with me and pitch your angle; I am more than happy to step outside of the box and report on something different and new!