Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

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I’m a buffalo wing-lover from way back; of course, around here we just call them wings – the buffalo part is assumed. Even so, I should clarify that even in Buffalo, not all wings are created equal; as uncomplicated as a traditional buffalo wing is, it is surprisingly easy to mess it up (as evidenced by the fact that we have a select few places where we will order wings from). A few common problems: some wings are dry and overcooked, which is better than undercooked and pink, but still not ideal…some wings are dry in the sense that they don’t have enough sauce…some are greasy…and surprisingly, the list of common mistakes goes on.

Buffalo wings are typically deep fried, but shouldn’t be overly greasy if they’re fried at the proper temperature and not overcrowded in the oil. Even so, I will admit to enjoying a tasty wing or two that’s been baked, grilled, or broiled, such as these Sicilian Chicken Wings.

Buffalo wing sauce should be a very simple mix of butter and hot sauce (FYI, Frank’s is the Buffalonian’s hot sauce of choice for making wing sauce!). If you like it hotter, add less butter, and if you like it more on the mild side, add more butter. It’s as easy as that.

Purists, avert your eyes from this next paragraph…I’ve known a few local restaurants that add just a little touch of garlic powder to their hot sauce, which I’m a big fan of since I think it adds a subtle flavor note that pairs well with the other flavors going on. I’ve also known some pizzerias to add a bit of ketchup to their mild sauce; as off-the-wall as that might sound, ketchup adds a nice sweet/tangy flavor that helps balance the heat. And – dare I say it? – I find it surprisingly wonderful, especially if I’m in the mood for mild wings (sacrilegious, I know). Although I have to admit, that’s as far off the beaten path as I’ll deviate from the classic buffalo sauce.


I do love trying “buffalo” food in all forms.

Buffalo wing chowder, lasagna, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, pizza, cute little appetizer cups, wontons, nachos, and the always-fabulous buffalo wing dip, to name a few. And now a completely vegetarian version of wings in cauliflower form. It is so delicious in its simplicity, mostly because of the fact that the wing sauce adorning the cauli is buffalo wing sauce perfection.

I think I’ve rambled on about Buffalo wings long enough in a way that only a Buffalonian who is crazy about her wings can ramble, lol. Head over to the Tasty Kitchen Blog to see my Cauliflower Buffalo Wings guest post with step-by-step pictures.

If you’re thinking this would make the perfect appetizer for a holiday party, you read my mind. :)

And that beautiful blue cheese dressing in the back there? That is none other than my recipe for Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing, which is just as delicious on a salad as it is on a buffalo wing – or a cauliflower buffalo wing.

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  1. says

    These look so fun and tasty! What a creative idea. As a fellow Buffaloian, I understand that some wings are better than others (Although these days I probably eat them about once a year). But, I love incorporating the wing flavors in other things, too. I’ve been meaning to try your chowder.

  2. says

    I must confess that Buffalo sauce is one of my guilty pleasures. I have been noticing this cauliflower on a lot of restaurant menus lately and wondered about it, great to know how to make it at home. I’m thinking this would be great Super Bowl party food.

  3. Ann Mc says

    Congratulations on being a Tasty Kitchen Blog contributor….I think the recipe is brilliant! I’m a wing fan, too….but cauliflower is inspired!

  4. Eha says

    Yep, I’m another with spare cauli in the fridge, so you don’t have to be a rocket sci . . . ., but ‘buffalo wings’ IS a totally new term to me, so thanks for the lesson :) !

    • says

      Oh no, hope you’re feeling better soon, Ev! And lol, yes, veggies of all kinds are good for colds…and wing sauce too – hot foods are the best for clearing out your sinuses, lol! Seriously, feel better soon. xo

  5. says

    What a brilliant idea!! Love it!
    I went to Buffalo when I was 13 years old… wish I had tried at least one wing while I was there. Wish I appreciated food back then the way I do now! :)

  6. says

    Wonderful idea for those of us who don’t eat chicken, who LOVE cauliflower, and feel like they are missing out on the whole Buffalo wing experience. And I had no idea that the Buffalo sauce was just butter and hot sauce. Love this

  7. says

    Yum!! I am not Buffalonian but I am all about these flavors. I have to check out your blue cheese dressing – a local farmer makes buffalo chicken sausage (as great as it sounds!!) and I think it would be the perfect thing to go with it.

    • says

      Hi Julie, No, I’ve never tried re-heating this dish. I think you could re-heat it in the oven, but the cauliflower might get too soft…it would probably still taste good, but not really be wing-like anymore. Let me know if you give it a try!

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