Happy Super Bowl weekend.
I had initially intended to share a hearty tempeh-based chili with you for the occasion, but I received so many requests for the Cajun Cauliflower Poppers on my Instagram feed that I knew I had to document them before the big game.
This easy plant-based, gluten free appetizer come together quickly in under 30 minutes with a cajun spice mixture that’s on fire!
Let’s make that cauli POP.
Who are you guys rooting for tomorrow?
To be honest, I’m not really a big football fan, so Dan picks up the slack on my game-time enthusiasm.
Him and his family are big-time Patriots fans (I guess I am by marriage??) so we’re having ourselves a little watch-party tomorrow.
I’m not sure just how much watching I do, but I’m pretty OK with doing some snacking…
You probably already knew this but I’m also not a bar-food fan.
When I went out with my college buddies in my pre-plant-based days, I’d order a platter of wings, devour the mediocre celery and carrots that came alongside it, then generously offer up my wings to the table.
I wanted more veggies.
Veggies like cauliflower!
Cauliflower truly is the ultimate superhero vegetable in the Flora & Vino kitchen.
I love how its mild taste absorbs flavors like a sponge.
In this case, it takes on some cajun flair to become the perfect plant-based party favor!
These Cajun Cauliflower Poppers are hot and spicy, with a crispy golden brown exterior and a tender interior.
What was the marketing scheme behind Lays Potato Chips?
Betcha can’t eat just one?
Well, move over Lays, because these crispy poppers are irresistible AND good for you, too!
These Cajun Cauli Poppers start with an easy cauliflower floret base, layered thick with a home-mixed spice mixture and fresh herbs for serving.
I added a bit of avocado oil to my poppers to soften them while baking, but if you’re Oil-Free, you can omit this step.
If only I could have had a platter of these back in college, I would have offered up the sad aged celery and carrot strips for some other poor schmuck.
Enjoy these Cajun Cauliflower as a quick plant-based appetizer, snack, or side.
I love to dip mine in a swirl of plain unsweetened almond milk yogurt– the creaminess pair so well with the heat of the spice mixture!
You can also eat them solo, dipped in your favorite dressing, hummus, or guacamole.
They’re also pretty hard to resist straight from the pan, so some advice– bowl them and serve quickly!
This dish is perfect for sharing!
I love it as a fun veg-centric party favor for a group.
If you have a large crowd coming over, try doubling or tripling the recipe and serving them on a large platter or bowls with dip options!
Stab and enjoy with a fork or encourage people to get crazy and use their hands.
(Just don’t let them touch anything you don’t want think would look good orange!)
If you try these Cajun Cauliflower Poppers, let me know!
Tag me @floraandvino on Instagram and use hashtag #floraandvino.
I’d love to see your creations and where you showed them off!
For more plant-based appetizers, check out my Lentil Walnut Beet Balls with Spicy Tahini, Baked Yam Fries with Oil-Free Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Purple Sweet Potato Fries with Beet Ketchup, and Baked Purple Sweet Potato Spiral Fritters.
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- 1 extra large or 2 medium heads of cauliflower, any color
- 1-2 tsp avocado oil (omit if OF)
- SPICE MIXTURE
- 1 TBS smoked paprika
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp cayenne
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Himalayan sea salt, to taste
- fresh chopped parsley
- almond milk or coconut yogurt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Add all spice mixture to a small bowl or jar and mix to combine. Set aside.
- Wash and dry the cauliflower and break/chop into bite-sized florets.
- Add the cauliflower to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with optional avocado oil. Toss to coat, then sprinkle spit mixture evenly over cauliflower to coat. Toss well to combine so that the cauliflower turns a bright orange. Some clumps of seasoning are OK.
- Shake cauliflower bites onto a cookie sheet, place in preheated oven, and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown on the edges. You want the cauliflower to be fork tender but still have some bit to it.
- Serve Cajun Cauliflower Poppers hot with fresh minced parsley. Dip in your favorite almond milk or coconut milk yogurt.