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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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Serves: 4 to 6 appetizer servings
What You Need
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • 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. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until browned, turning once.
  3. While the cauliflower roasts, make the buffalo sauce: Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter. Finely mince 2 cloves garlic. Stir together butter and garlic with ¼ cup hot sauce.
  4. 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.
  5. When the cauliflower is done, remove from the oven and mix with the desired amount of buffalo sauce (to taste). Serve with blue cheese dip and celery sticks.
Notes
Buffalo sauce inspired by Alton Brown Cauliflower inspired by Skinny Taste

 

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Cara
    January 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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

  • Reply
    Clem @ clementinecuisine
    January 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I love this post! And I totally identify with your vision of a double culture. I was never really drawn to buffalo chicken, but now I want to try your cauliflower version!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

      I agree – I was never a fan of the chicken version, but the sauce is delicious!

  • Reply
    Jacqueline
    January 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Oh now that looks rather exciting!

  • Reply
    Mary @ B&GJOURNALS
    January 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    so beautifully written and wonderful mantra

  • Reply
    Annie
    January 20, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I have no interest in buffalo chicken, but this sounds amazing. Totally making it ASAP!

  • Reply
    Meg
    January 21, 2013 at 2:43 am

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

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

      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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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    January 21, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Eating whole foods definitely has its advantages! Love this version of buffalo cauliflower!

  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    January 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Awesome idea! I’ve never had buffalo wings before, but I have a feeling I would love this veggie version! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. xo

  • Reply
    Natasha
    January 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I really missed buffalo wings (more for the blue cheese than anything else) when I gave up meat, but this looks like a great substitute!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

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

  • Reply
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen
    January 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate buffalo sauce since going vegetarian and I can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies
    February 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    A little obsessed with buffalo sauce lately. Sounds like a must try!

  • Reply
    Angela
    February 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Haha, yes! So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Mary Thompson
    October 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    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?

    • Reply
      Alex
      October 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks for reading! Sorry, I don’t know of any way to create a cookbook file…

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