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Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip

In a culture of fast food, quick and empty calories, and mind-twisting marketing, it’s sometimes hard to decipher what’s true, real, and good. Before we started eating whole foods, I sometimes felt like life was empty and tasteless. Greasy takeout and TV dinners were unfulfilling, but I wasn’t quite sure why.

Discovering real foods and real people and the taste of fresh brewed drip coffee and a fresh salad of garden vegetables and tomatoes off the vine and local cheese and hearty whole grains opened up a whole new world to us. A world that tasted fresh and honest and REAL.

It would be easy to turn your back on everything from that other culture. However, we’ve become passionate about tying the two together. Letting new and real emerge and meld with the old. Instead of swearing off buffalo chicken wings with a game of football, trying to make something satisfying and real in its place.

There are several versions of buffalo cauliflower floating around the web, and we found it a interesting take on a healthy alternative to a gameday food (looking ahead to the Super Bowl in a few weeks). We took the concept and broke it down to roasting cauliflower using our favorite method and tossing it with some homemade buffalo sauce. We also happened to have some yogurt and blue cheese on hand, which we stirred together into an impromptu dip. It hit the spot for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

And, what’s great about whole foods is that they’re also delicious — so they don’t taste like a sacrifice. We hope you’ll enjoy this take just as much  – or more – than the alternative.

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Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip
 
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Makes: 4 to 6 appetizer servings
What You Need
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup hot sauce (we used Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • Pepper
  • Celery (optional)
What To Do
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Clean and chop the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with just enough olive oil to lightly coat the cauliflower and toss. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  3. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until browned, turning once.
  4. While the cauliflower roasts, make the buffalo sauce: Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter. Finely dice 2 cloves garlic. Stir together butter and garlic with ¼ cup hot sauce.
  5. If using, make the blue cheese dip: In a small bowl, combine 1 cup plain yogurt, ½ cup blue cheese crumbles, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste), and fresh ground pepper.
  6. When the cauliflower is done, remove from the oven and mix with buffalo sauce to combine. Serve with blue cheese dip and celery sticks.
Notes
Buffalo sauce inspired by Alton Brown Cauliflower inspired by Skinny Taste
 

 

 

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Comments 18

  1. Cara

    love this concept! hot sauce + blue cheese is essential for football snackin’ and I like the idea of a lighter way to do that :)

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  2. Meg

    I had buffalo cauliflower late one night after an art opening in LA. I tried to replicate it and failed. Maybe this will work!

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      Sonja

      We hope this does the trick! Some other recipes also call for breading the cauliflower prior to roasting, which could have been done with the cauliflower you tried. We decided to skip the extra effort and just roast the them plain :) Let us know if it works out!

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      Sonja

      Yes, blue cheese with the spicy buffalo sauce is a perfect combination! I wonder if there are any other ways to feature that combo…!

  3. Angela

    Soooo good. We used a whole tub of Greek yogurt for the blue cheese dip. It’s all the good things about greasy chicken wings, and you don’t want to die afterwards. Thanks for the idea and recipe!

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  4. Mary Thompson

    I am fortunate enough to be on your email list and appreciate all of your great recipes. Is there a way to create a ‘cookbook’ file for me to save your recipes in from your website?

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