Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bang Bang Cauliflower

Yes, you read that right. Bang Bang Cauliflower. Like the sauce that goes on the famous shrimp from Bonefish Grill, only put on cauliflower after it's fried.

I'm not a big fried foods person. I'm also not a huge cauliflower fan, but after I saw this recipe on Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations and then on Taste of Home Cooking, it won me over and convinced me to make it.



Bang Bang Cauliflower
Source: Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
    • vegetable oil 
    • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
Bang Bang Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup mayo
    • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
    • 4 tsp. sriracha
for the batter:
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 1/2 cups cold water
    • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour, sifted
Directions:
1. Whisk together sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
2. Pour enough vegetable oil to be about 1/4 inch deep in a dutch oven or large heavy bottomed pan. Heat over medium-high heat.
3. Prepare the batter by placing the egg yolks in a large bowl. Slowly add in the cold water while whisking, then whisk in the flour, leaving lumps.
4. Dip the cauliflower into the batter then place in the hot oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil.
5. Add cauliflower to the Bang Bang sauce and toss well to coat. Garnish with scallions.



This was good in a strange way. I'm not sure one would be able to guess what they were eating without knowing in advance it was cauliflower. The typically taste and texture of cauliflower is no longer there and instead it's almost pillow-like with the fried batter on it. The Bang Bang sauce was delicious, but I think everyone knows that. 

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