Sunday, February 21, 2016

Veggie Apps

I didn't plan it this way, but I wanted to do an appetizer day & it ended up being a vegetarian-palooza.  The plan was to make 3-4 different kinds of appetizers, but my incessant grazing as I cooked got in the way.  By the time I finished making two apps, I was stuffed from my rampant sampling! 

My assembly line for deliciousness
But what I did make?  Turned out delicious!  I figured Super Bowl Sunday would be as good a time as any to pull the trigger on my appetizer day, and the paired down menu ended up being portobello mushroom fries and buffalo cauliflower bites. 

The portobello mushroom fries started with a flour and egg wash, followed by a dip in panko bread crumbs and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Do I have your attention yet?

Once all the mushroom slices were covered with panko, I baked them in a 425 degree oven for  about 8-12 minutes.

Ready to bake

They turned out good, but next time I'll add more salt to the flour dip and also to the final plate.

Could have used more salt all around!

I dipped the mushroom fries in marinara sauce, but you could also do a rĂ©moulade or ranch.  Hell, whatever you want to dip them in is fair game.

I used this recipe from Closet Cooking.  This guy's blog is a good resource for recipes. - I've used it a few times.

How about this crunchy plate of love?

The second app was definitely the show-stopper.

Buffalo Cauliflower bites.  So.  Good.

I've already made this again since the first time we tried it because it was tasty with a capital T.

Well, truth be told, the hubby came home with another head of cauliflower a few days after I made them the first time.

His not so subtle nudge at a buffalo cauliflower bites encore, which I was totally on board with making. 

The recipe is really easy - I used this one from a blog I'd never heard of called Persnickety Plates.  I'm telling you, if you're even remotely intrigued by this recipe, MAKE IT.  It's delicious.

The hubby actually said, "I don't know if I need to have chicken wings again."  Bold statement.  But it hits on all the flavors you're looking for, and is a good way to sneak in some veggies.

Go experiment with some buffalo cauliflower bites.  Or portobello mushroom fries.  Go on.  Skedaddle to your kitchen.

Ta-ta for now.

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