My favorite new food of 2013: Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Somehow Rowan's wings arrived late to the table and only got included in a tiny corner of  a photo of our Christmas Eve ABC buffet. (More on that below.) This photo comes from Peta, which is the original source of the recipe.)

Rowan’s Buffalo Cauliflower Wings were the star of our ABC Christmas Eve buffet, but somehow they made it into only a tiny corner of one photo because they arrived late to the table. This photo comes from PETA, which is the original source of the recipe.

As a foodie and former fatty I like to give some thought to my 10 favorite things I ate during the year. I’m still working on putting that together, but in the meantime I thought I might as well go ahead and post my favorite new food of 2013 because it’s so unanimous: The Buffalo Cauliflower Wings Rowan made for our Christmas Eve ABC buffet.

They were an impromptu addition, something she was inspired to try after spotting a lovely head of cauliflower in our produce shipment from Green Bean Delivery (review and promo code coming next Wednesday; stay tuned). Not only were they extremely tasty, but they’re fairly low calorie, too. Recipe below. But first, a brief synopsis of the ABC buffet concept:

We got this idea from my friend Susan, who told us that on some holidays rather than have a tradition-laden meal, her family likes to shake things up in a fun way by drawing letters from a hat and then letting each person make or bring a food that starts with that letter. A couple of years ago we did an ABC pie buffet that was a real hoot. Photos of the ABC foods that made up this year’s ABC buffet appear below, under the cauliflower recipe.

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’

1 cup skim milk
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 head of cauliflower, cut up into small pieces
1 cup buffalo wing sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Combine flour and garlic powder in bowl, then add milk until well combined.
  • Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and place in a shallow baking dish. Bake for 18 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower is baking, combine buffalo sauce and olive oil in a small bowl.
  • Pour the hot sauce mixture over the baked cauliflower and continue baking for an additional 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Eat — yum!

This year’s ABC buffet lineup

You can see Rowan's buffalo cauliflower wings in the right corner, just southeast of the Orange Chicken Uncle Rick selected for the letter O. (He didn't make it but brought a batch from Panda Express.)

You can see Rowan’s buffalo cauliflower wings in the right corner, just southeast of the Orange Chicken Uncle Rick selected for the letter O. (He didn’t make it but brought a batch from Panda Express.)

Ben had the letter H, and he made ham loaf with Grandma Linda's sauce.

Ben had the letter H, and he made ham loaf with Grandma Linda’s sauce.

Cassie had the letter A. She wanted apple pie, but she didn't want to make it herself so she talked Ben into doing it for her.

Cassie had the letter A. She wanted apple pie, but she didn’t want to make it herself so she talked Ben into doing it for her.

Aunt Jenny got around the letter 'L' requirement for her cherry pie by making sure it had a "lattice" top.

Aunt Jenny got around the letter ‘L’ requirement for her cherry pie by making sure it had a “lattice” top.

Colleen chose biscuits for the letter B. Once again, somehow Ben wound up making them. He said these would be the best we ever tasted. Unfortunately, he mixed up the ratio in concocting a homemade baking powder and they ended up being among the worst we ever sampled. No matter. We had enough food for a small village, so no one went hungry.

Colleen chose biscuits for the letter B. Once again, somehow Ben wound up making them. He said these would be the best we ever tasted. Unfortunately, he mixed up the ratio in concocting a homemade baking powder and they ended up tasting very bitter. No matter. We had enough food for a small village, so no one went hungry.

Rowan really wanted to make this crockpot casserole with ham and beans, pearl onions and cornbread, but she drew the letter E. From this point forward, we're calling this "Easy peasy casserole."

Rowan really wanted to make this crockpot casserole with ham and beans, pearl onions and cornbread, but she drew the letter E. From this point forward, we’re calling this “Easy peasy casserole.”

Bob asked me to make "yams," aka Aunt Jenny's sweet potatoes with pecans, for the letter Y he drew.

Bob asked me to make “yams,” aka Aunt Jenny’s sweet potatoes with pecans, for the letter Y he drew.

See that bit of green on the table? That's my romaine lettuce, representing the letter R. Also pictured: Colleen's thuggish gingerbread men, who didn't have a letter but crashed the party anyway, and Aunt Jenny's lasagna. (Why she felt compelled two dishes for every letter is beyond me, and also part of the reason we had enough food to feed a homeless shelter.)

See that bit of green on the table? That’s my romaine lettuce, representing the letter R. Also pictured: Colleen’s thuggish gingerbread men, who didn’t have a letter but crashed the party anyway, and (under cover) Aunt Jenny’s lasagna. (Why she felt compelled to bring two dishes for every letter is beyond me, and also part of the reason we had enough food to open a homeless shelter.)

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