Football season is upon us! Even if you aren’t a huge fan of football, there is something fun about gathering around the big screen with your closest friends (or bitter rivals?!) and enjoying the festivities together. If you like food as much as I do, then traditional game day foods are just as much of a draw as the sports themselves. As part of the #MeatlessMondayNight Challenge that I’m participating in with SILK, I was challenged to take a game day favorite recipe and put a unique meat-free, dairy-free spin on it!
One of my favorite tailgating recipes are spicy hot wings, but it turns out that I love this game day swap just as much – if not more. This delicious spicy cauliflower bites recipe has a slow heat, but the recipe can easily be made spicier for you hot heads. As an added bonus, they’re not nearly as messy as traditional wings and they’re ready in a fraction of the time. I call that a WIN!
Game Day Recipe: Spicy Cauliflower Bites
GAME DAY RECIPE: SPICY CAULIFLOWER BITES
- 1 Quart Vegetable OIl
- 1 Head Cauliflower
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1/2 Cup Silk Original Soymilk or Almondmilk
- 2 tsp Garlic Sriracha Seasoning
- 1 tsp Hot Sauce
- 1 tsp Salt
- Sprinkle of Pepper
- Additional Salt to Taste
In a deep fryer heat oil to 350 degrees.
While the oil is heating add salt, sriracha, hot sauce and milk to a medium size bowl. Whisk.
Continue to whisk while slowly sprinkling flour into the liquid mixture about a tablespoon full at a time.
Chop cauliflower into bite size or slightly larger florets.
Add the florets to the batter a handful at a time until the florets are all coated and no batter remains at the bottom. (About 1/3 - 1/2 of the head).
Once the oil is heated slowly add the coated cauliflower a few peices at a time. DO NOT crowd the florets and do not dump them in batches or they will stick together.
Cook about 5-10 minutes until the florets start to float and turn a nice golden brown.
Remove from oil and place on rack to dry. Immediately add salt to taste.
Totally easy, right?
Who knew that SILK’S plant-based beverages were so versatile in the kitchen? This is my second meat and dairy free recipe (check out the One-Pot, Meatless Black Bean Chili Recipe) and I have to say, I think this is something that I could do and you can too.
Especially when you consider how good plant-based diets are for people and the planet too. Adopting a more plant-based diet can start with making a change just one day a week – so why not start by sidelining meat during Monday Night Football games this season?
Get inspired with yummy recipes on the Silk Sideline Meat website and take the #MeatlessMondayNight challenge this football season!
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.