Crispy Buffalo Fried Cauliflower

Crispy
Buffalo Fried Cauliflower

vegan game-day snack 

From our
friends at Serious Eats

 

A vegan
game-day snack made with ultra-crisp battered cauliflower tossed in garlicky
buffalo sauce

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YIELD: Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer

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ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes

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TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

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2 quarts
vegetable or peanut oil

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1/2 cup
cornstarch

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1/2 cup
all-purpose flour

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1/2
teaspoon baking powder

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Kosher
salt

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1/2 cup
cold water

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1/2 cup
vodka

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1 head
cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets

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1/3 cup
hot sauce, such as Frank’s

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1 medium
clove garlic, minced

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1/4 cup
picked celery leaves (optional)

 

Directions:

1.      
Preheat
oil to 350°F in a large wok, Dutch oven, or deep fryer.

2.     
Combine
cornstarch, flour, baking powder, and 2 teaspoons kosher salt in a large bowl
and whisk until homogenous. Add water and vodka and whisk until a smooth batter
is formed, adding up to 2 tablespoons additional water if batter is too thick.
It should have the consistency of thin paint and fall off of the whisk in thin
ribbons that instantly disappear as they hit the surface of the batter in the
bowl.

3.     
Add cauliflower
to batter. Working one at a time, lift one piece and allow excess batter to
drip off. Carefully lower into hot oil. Repeat with remaining cauliflower until
wok or fryer is full. Do not crowd pan. (You’ll be able to fit about half of
the cauliflower in each batch). Fry, using a metal spider or slotted spatula to
rotate and agitate pieces as they cook until evenly golden brown and crisp all
over, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season
immediately with salt. Keep warm while you fry the remaining cauliflower.

4.     
Combine
hot sauce, garlic, and 1 tablespoon oil from fryer in a large bowl and whisk to
combine. Toss fried cauliflower with sauce and serve immediately, sprinkled
with celery leaves (if using).

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