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Last weekend I consumed one of the top five appetizers I've ever eaten in my life at a semi-unexpected location: the spicy buffalo cauliflower at California Pizza Kitchen. The moment I popped the first floret into my mouth, an imaginary symphony began to play, and I needed to seriously slow my roll since we ordered the dish to share for the table.
These little caulis were filled with flavor, thanks to the Sriracha Buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles, and chopped scallion garnish. In search of a similar but different rendition, I came across these honey garlic baked cauliflower bites from Kirbie's Cravings and immediately knew I needed to add them to my menu this week.
These florets are coated in a honey garlic sauce (which also features Sriracha) but rather than battered and fried, they're coated with toasted panko and baked to crispy perfection. It's just another example of how versatile cauliflower is — and I'm all for it.
The first step is to toast your panko breadcrumbs on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven. Then break down a head of cauliflower and dip each individual floret into beaten eggs and cover them with the toasty panko. Bake these bites for 15 to 20 minutes until the coating is golden-brown.
While the bites are baking, make the sauce by simmering honey, minced garlic, onion powder, soy sauce, and Sriracha in a small saucepan. To thicken, add a slurry of cornstarch and water. By the time the cauliflower is done baking, the sauce will be ready for drizzling.
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