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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Klunker's crunchy cauliflower bites


Klunker's crunchy cauliflower bites

I know the trend for a long time (for plant based eaters) has been the cauliflower "wings".  
I am so obsessed with Asian food right now, I never even gave them the time of day.  They always looked good, but I just never tried.
Today I went to the fridge to see what I could make for lunch.  I had a big salad already made, but I wanted more.  I saw the cauliflower and decided to day was the day to jump into the ring and make these crispy bites.
***I did not take pictures along the way, I was not making this to post originally, so I will give you the recipe and instructions, and then the next time I make them, I will update the blog with pictures.***

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower, cleaned and cut down into bite sized pieces 
1/2c rice flour (I used white, you could use brown)
1/2c water
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup no oil panko bread crumbs (for GF, use 1 cup of corn flakes, crushed small)
Hot sauce of choice (amount will really depend on how spicy you want)

Preheat your oven to 450°.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or better is a silicone mat.

In a large bowl, combine the rice flour, water, garlic powder, and salt.  Whisk until smooth.  It will be a thin batter.
In a large (1 gallon) zip top bag, place the panko bread crumbs (or crushed corn flakes)
After breaking down the cauliflower, place all the pieces in the batter.  Mix gently (you don't want to break) making sure all the pieces are completely coated.  You want them drenched.
After you are sure all the pieces are well coated, remove the pieces from the batter and onto a cooling rack, or even just a colander and let drip/drain for a couple minutes.
Place the pieces into the panko/corn flakes bag and seal the bag.  Gently shake the cauliflower to coat well.  You want to be gentle but make sure all the pieces are well coated.
Removed the cauliflower from the bag one at a time and place on your baking sheet.  You want one layer.
Place into preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Some of the edges will brown, but that is fine.
After 20 minutes, remove from the oven and place into a large, clean bowl. (just clean the one you had the batter in)
Cover with desired amount of hot sauce and gently toss to coat well.
Place back on the baking sheet and bake another 10 minutes or a little longer if not crispy enough.
Remove from oven and let cool for a minute and serve.  As they sit for a minute they will crisp up even more.
Serve as is, or with your favorite dipping sauce.
I hope you give these a try and enjoy them as much as I did. 

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