3.16.2015

Buffalo Cauliflower "Wings"


Happy Monday! Posting this recipe due to insistent demand :) I made this last week and got a lot of messages asking how to make it . So I am sharing the recipe I used so you can all try it at home :

I really love the smoky tangy flavor of buffalo wings and so I researched on recipes on how I can make a healthier/ vegetarian version. I found several ones and just tweaked it a bit! 

Casa Poniente's Buffalo Cauliflower "Wings"
Ingredients: 
  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
Procedure:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F or prepare a grill for medium heat cooking. 
2. Roast cauliflower on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet or place it on a grill rack and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and tender, 10 to 15 minutes.  
3. Whisk vinegar, sweet paprika, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt and 3 tablespoons water together in a large bowl. 
3. Taste the sauce; if you’d like it hotter, you can add a bit more cayenne. Toss the cauliflower in the sauce until well coated and transfer to a platter.

*Gluten-free/Vegan 

I made a truffle-peppercorn cream cheese dipping sauce (NOT vegan though) using soucream, cream cheese, truffle oil and some crushed peppercorn to go with this! It was AWESOME!

That's it folks! Plain and simple, right? Go ahead... experiment on it and let me know your thoughts!

cheers,
Pattie



3.01.2015

Breakfast Alert : One Dish Strawberry French Toast

Happy Monday everyone! I had leftover baguette that needed to be used already and so last night, I decided to make this delectable which I adapted from my cousin-in-law Liza from New Jersey who made it for us last Christmas. It's a really easy and no-fuss recipe which you can prepare overnight and just pop in the oven the next day. The original recipe calls for Blackberry jam but I used strawberry jam and fresh strawberries instead since my kids love strawberries. 




1 cup strawberry jam 
French bread loaf, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
(8-oz.) package  cream cheese cut into 1-inch cubes 
large eggs 
2 cups half-and-half or milk (your choice)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 
Toppings: maple syrup, whipped cream (optional)


Preparation:



1. Cook jam in a small saucepan over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring once.

2. Place half of bread cubes in bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with cream cheese cubes, and drizzle with melted jam. Top with remaining bread cubes.

3. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients. Pour over bread mixture. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Cover tightly, and chill 8 to 24 hours.

This is how it looked after soaking everything overnight

4. Preheat oven to 325°. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bread is golden brown and mixture is set. Serve with desired toppings. I put fresh strawberries on top to add color and freshness :)


Enjoy! Make your breakfast a little extra special! :) Enjoy the rest of the week.

Excited for his breakfast! He looooves strawberries! 

My happy and satisfied boy today :)



Cheers,
Pattie