BBQ Cauli Bites
Dairy-free, wheat-free, soy-free, vegan.
I was at the grocery store browsing vegan options when a box of Cauli Crumble by Big Mountain Foods caught my eye. Now, I’m a fan of Big Mountain Foods. Family-owned, Canadian based – all their products are pretty much some of the healthiest, wholesome and affordable processed (read: time saving) vegan options around. I was about to add the box to my basket when it occurred to me I could simply buy some cauliflower for much less and make my own crumble at home. So back went the box and I went hunting for a head of cauli.
But when it came time to make something to eat, I didn’t feel like spending a lot of time in prep mode, and cauli crumble requires split peas, red pepper, seeds and more. So a quick Google search for easy vegan cauliflower recipes brought up vegan BBQ chicken wings, something I’ve been meaning to try for some time.
SIDE NOTE: I just can’t bring myself to call cauli florets “wings” so I’ve changed the name to “bites”, which is much more apt and you’ll see what I mean when you make these and pop one into your mouth for the first time – yum!
Quick and easy, this recipe took just a few minutes to throw together. More time was spent outside barbecuing than in the kitchen, which suited me just fine on a beautiful warm summer evening. I had some leftover tahini dressing and old fashioned mustard in the fridge, which I used as dip for the bites, but I strongly recommend plum or even peanut sauce for a much more complementary taste (hey, you work with what you’ve got, right?).
Next time I make these I’ll experiment with dips and report back to update the blog!
1 head of cauliflower
1 cup coconut flour (or rice flour)
1 cup water
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
¼ freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup of your favourite vegan bbq sauce (or make your own: https://ohsheglows.com/2011/06/06/homemade-bbq-sauce/)
Preheat the bbq to high
Cut cauliflower into bite sized florets (large enough that they won’t fall through the bbq grill)
Whisk all the dry ingredients together in one large bowl
Add water and continue to stir until all the water is incorporated and you have a thin batter
Add florets to the bowl and toss to coat them all in the batter
Use tongs or fork to remove florets from bowl, allowing excess batter to drip off, transfer to a plate
Add florets to hot bbq grill, turning every few minutes, until the batter on the florets look dry
Transfer florets back to the plate
Add the bbq sauce to a second bowl, and toss the florets until they’re evenly coated in the sauce
Grill on the bbq again until the sauce is absorbed, 8-10 minutes
Serve with dipping sauce