Bang Bang Cauliflower – a delectable vegan and vegetarian-friendly dish featuring golden-brown cauliflower florets coated in a flavorful blend of panko breadcrumbs. Baked to perfection, this plant-based delight is served with a zesty Bang Bang Sauce made from vegan mayo, sweet chili sauce, sriracha, and soy sauce. A crunchy and satisfying treat that caters to both vegans and vegetarians, perfect for appetizers or a delightful side dish.

For the cauliflower:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (or plant-based milk for a vegan option)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Bang Bang Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (or vegan mayo)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce (adjust for spice preference)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup for a vegan option)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In three separate bowls, set up a breading station. In one bowl, place the flour. In another bowl, combine the milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. In the third bowl, place the panko breadcrumbs.

  3. Dip each cauliflower floret into the flour, then into the milk mixture, and finally coat it with panko breadcrumbs. Make sure each floret is evenly coated.

  4. Place the breaded cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

  5. While the cauliflower is baking, prepare the Bang Bang Sauce. In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, sriracha sauce, honey (or maple syrup), and soy sauce until well combined.

  6. Once the cauliflower is done baking, remove it from the oven and drizzle the Bang Bang Sauce over the crispy cauliflower. Toss the cauliflower to coat evenly in the sauce.

  7. Garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro, if desired.

Serve your Bang Bang Cauliflower as a delicious appetizer or side dish. Enjoy!