Buffalo Cauliflower With Spicy Buttermilk Chipotle Sauce

Feb 9, 2022 | Appetizers, Food

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Celebrate the middle of the week with this hot Buffalo Cauliflower With Spicy Buttermilk Chipotle Sauce, baked until crispy, served steaming hot and dripping with sauce!  Mr. TAL and I had lunch at The Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA and ordered their Buffalo Cauliflower as an appetizer.  He liked it so much that I had to make it at home.  Not only did I promise a new appetizer, I promised him his favorite meal if he reached 3,000 followers on his YouTube Channel!  Guess what?  He reached over 3,000 followers last week so it was off to the store I went and home to make this delicious appetizers and his favorite meal…my breaded pork chops!
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I tried my best to duplicate this recipe but ended up doing my own thing and crossing my fingers that Mr. TAL would like it and I’m here to say, he LOVED it!  I cut up a head of cauliflower into chunks or florets if you want to call them, washed and dried them, and sat them off to the side to mix up my breading.  In this dish, I used crushed corn flakes, hot pepper flakes, eggs, smoked paprika, chili powder, kosher salt, black pepper, Frank’s hot sauce, melted (unsalted) butter, and seasoned salt.
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How to make crispy baked Buffalo Cauliflower:

In one bowl, I mixed up the dry ingredients and in another bowl, I beat 2 organic free range eggs.  I poured the cauliflower into the eggs and with a spoon, made sure each floret was coated by tossing each one over again.  From there I dipped each cauliflower floret into the dry ingredients, gave them a toss onto a baking sheet, and into the oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.  I lightly drizzled olive oil over the cauliflower to help crisp up the brand flakes.   After about 12 minutes, I flipped the florets over and back in the oven they went.

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Combining the wet ingredients:

While the cauliflower florets were baking, I tossed up the wet ingredients (melted butter and hot sauce), poured my mixture over the cauliflower and let them bake for 5 more minutes.  The appetizer we ordered at The Church Brew Works had blue cheese crumbles but I chose to create this Spicy Buttermilk Chipotle Sauce for some extra kick!

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How to make the Spicy Buttermilk Chipotle Sauce:

I combined the buttermilk, lemon juice, chipotle sauce (I used Taco Bell Creamy Chipotle Sauce), cayenne pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, and pepper into a bowl and let sit.  Next I chopped into small pieces fresh chives, fresh dill, and fresh Italian parsley and mixed everything together.

It was time to take out the cauliflower and pour my spicy buttermilk chipotle sauce over the florets!  (Note:  save some sauce for dipping!). Let me tell ya!  This appetizer has a kick!  If you like hot and spicy, this dish is for you!  But if the thought of eating something this hot and spicy bothers you, just omit the cayenne pepper and chili powder.  You can also omit the hot pepper flakes or reduce the 1/2 tsp to a 1/4 or 1/8 teaspoon.  I don’t think Frank’s Hot Sauce is as hot as other brands and the Chipotle Sauce can be reduced as well.  I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  I would love to hear if you tried it and how it turned out!  Enjoy!

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Looking for more appetizer recipes, check out my previous blog posts here:

Salt and Pepper Wings

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Tips For Making A Party Appetizer

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Buffalo Cauliflower With Spicy Buttermilk Chipotle Sauce

Spicy cauliflower florets baked until crispy with a spicy, creamy, herb, buttermilk chipotle sauce
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, spices, buttermilk, eggs, hot sauce, chipotle sauce
Author: Two Adorable Labs


  • 1 baking sheet
  • 3 Bowls
  • 2 Spoons
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 serving dish


Ingredients for cauliflower

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce I used Frank's
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (un-salted)
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed corn flakes

Spicy Buttermilk Chipotle Sauce

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chipotle sauce I used Taco Bell Creamy Chipotle Sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh chives chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tsp fresh dill chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tsp fresh Italian parsley chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • pepper to taste


Dry Ingredients for baking cauliflower florets

  • Mix crushed corn flakes, paprika, chili powder, hot pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and seasoned salt together in one bowl
  • In the other bowl, beat eggs and toss in the cauliflower florets until coated
  • Dip each floret into dry mixture and lay on baking sheet to bake in oven at 425 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Turn once during cooking
  • Drizzle with olive oil before baking

Wet Ingredients for baking cauliflower florets

  • Mix hot sauce, melted butter, and pour over florets the last 5 minutes of baking

Spicy Buttermilk Chipotle Sauce

  • Combine buttermilk, chipotle sauce, lemon juice, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, garlic salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Use half to pour over cauliflower and use the rest for dipping


I put the corn flakes in a freezer bag and crunched them up with my hands.  You can also use a rolling pin to crumble them if you like

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  1. Carla D Evans

    Wow these look delicious! Can’t wait to try them ????

    • Bobbi

      Thanks and they are so easy to make!


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