Spicy, crispy cauliflower… um yes please. I really like cauliflower. The mister loves it, or at least likes it better than any other vegetable. So when he asked for spicy cauliflower, well yea I am going to make it because I am so nice and really, could I say no to a veggie request? (I might have said no if it involved deep frying) Also, I found fresh cauliflower on sale! ($2.25) I don't usually cook fresh cauliflower, but I figured at that price, it wouldn't be bad to cook a head. (If I am cooking cauliflower, which I do a lot, I just use frozen….casue it be waaaay cheaper)
Fresh, cheap and requested veggies….those are must makes. And the mister was happy with I handed him the plate of oh so lovely looking crispy crunchy loveliness. (I kind of like to make him happy…sometimes)
The stuff. Cauliflower, chopped and broken into pieces. Corn meal mixed with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, and because I made this for the mister, parmesan cheese. And in the green bowl, srirsachi and a little oil. The cauliflower gets a coat of the hot sauce and then tossed around in the corn meal mixture. Handling as little as possible, place coated pieces on a lightly oiled baking sheet and stick those suckers in the oven for about a half hour, taking them out and flipping half way.And take them out of the oven when pieces tuned golden brown, stik them on a plate, and serve immediately.
A bit of spice, a bit of crispy , a lot a yum. Serve with some crunchy veggies, maybe a squeeze of lemon and definitely some type of avocado situation.
A beer would be lovely too!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Spicy Crispy baked Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped or broken into florets
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 3-4 tablespoon sriracha or your favorite hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
- salt and pepper
- Any seasonings you might like (garlic or onion powder, parmesan cheese, national yeast…. whatever floats your boat)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a bowl, mix together sriracha and oil. In a separate bowl, mix salt, pepper, any seasonings you might like, and corn meal. Take cauliflower and toss in sauce to coat. Remove from sauce and toss around in cornmeal mixture till fully coated, but try not to hand too much so the coating doesn't come off. Place pieces on a lightly oiled baking sheet and stick into oven. Bake for about 15 minutes, remove and flip pieces. Back into the oven for another 15-20 minutes (depending on you crispy preference) Remove when golden brown (or darker if you like) and serve immediately.
Cucumber, celery, and carrots are great accompaniments.. also a little mashed avocado or guacamole is much appreciated.