Balsamic Cauliflower Bites

There are a ton of different cauliflower “wings” recipes online.  From buffalo wings to spicy wings, there are plenty of choices.  I wanted to try my hand at these wings and decided to go with a little bit of a sweeter flavor.  I ended up with a new favorite meal, especially for Adam!

These are also a GREAT party food, especially for the Super Bowl this weekend.  They are a healthier choice than some of the traditional football party foods but no less delicious.  I would say these are more reminiscent of Chinese takeout than chicken wings, but that is not a bad thing!  Whatever they remind you of, they are really delicious and if you’re anything like my husband you’ll inhale these and ask for more!

Balsamic Cauliflower Bites

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Sauce

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos, tamari, or soy sauce
  • scant 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper

Cauliflower

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour (I tried chickpea flour but it didn’t turn out as crisp)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp chinese 5 spice powder

1.  Whisk together all the sauce ingredients and set aside.  Preheat oven to 450 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.

2.  Cut the cauliflower into bite size florets, removing stems and leaves.  Whisk together the brwon rice flour, chinese 5 spice, and almond milk.

3.  Place cauliflower in a large bowl and pour batter over them.  Toss to make sure all florets are covered.

4.  Arrange the cauliflower on the baking sheet in a single layer.  Make sure they aren’t too crowded or they will not get crispy.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are starting to get brown.

5.  Remove the cauliflower and place back into the large bowl.  Pour balsamic sauce and toss to coat.  Pour back onto baking sheet and arrange in a single layer again.  It will seem really watery, but that’s fine it will thicken up as it cooks.

6.  Bake for another 10 minutes flipping halfway through.  Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before digging in!

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I have served these over brown rice noodles as well as brown rice.  I have to say I liked it over the rice much better than the noodles.  You can serve it over whatever you would like and even sprinkle some sesame seeds over them for a crunchy garnish!  Serve these at your Super Bowl party and you will be the talk of the town.  Unless of course we have another deflate gate….

Hope you enjoy the game… and the commercials!

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