With Memorial Day fast-approaching in the United States, I thought I’d write up a recipe for a party-friendly appetizer in case you’re headed to a bbq or other gathering next weekend or really any time this summer. Enter the Buffaflower (I may be biased, but I just really love that I came up with that name!). Buffalo wings are a classic staple at bars, restaurants, and parties, and you can certainly make your own low carb version of those. These Buffaflower Bites are a fun new twist on the party classic – crispy, vegetarian, easy to make and (obviously) delicious, these will win over anyone who may be a low carb naysayer or skeptical of cauliflower in general.
I added the cauliflower to my food processor and pulsed until it was finely shredded. This really only takes 5-10 seconds at most with a high-power processor; you want to avoid turning this into cauliflower mash, it should be closer to rice in consistency.
In a large bowl I mixed the cauliflower, cheese, egg, almond flour, salt, and buffalo sauce until combined. It should not be too wet, so if you feel your mixture is, add a little more cheese or almond flour (careful on the flour, because the carbs can add up quickly).
I sprayed a parchment paper-lined baking sheet with non-stick spray and measured out heaping spoonful-sized portions onto the tray. Using the back of the spoon I pressed down slightly as I wanted these to be more in the shape of a fritter and not a tater tot. They will get more crispy that way, too! Do not use foil or they will stick. I baked them for 15-20 minutes, removed them from the oven to flip them, and baked them another 15-20 minutes to get a lovely golden brown color on both sides. You can serve this with more buffalo sauce or with ranch or blue cheese dressing for an authentic experience. When choosing a buffalo sauce, be sure to check the labels. I found this bottle of Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce at my local grocery store – it’s gluten-free and has zero carbs! They also had a buffalo wing + ranch combination sauce that I may try next time. I love how easy this is to throw together but also how satisfying the taste is. You won’t miss the chicken wing when you bite into one of these Buffaflowers!