Asian Ginger Glazed Cauliflower

I found a new way I LOVE eating cauliflower, aside from cauliflower mashed of course. Like many people I was always a little afraid of cauliflower for some reason. Even though it's pretty much exactly the same as broccoli, my undeveloped taste buds weren't having it. Of course, I've grown to love them, but I've found one of my favorite ways to incorporate cauliflower into my meals in more of a hearty form. Coating the cauliflower with a simple batter was just the trick. NOTE of caution, I did make this a little sweeter than intended. At the time of making this recipe I did not have brown sugar sooo I did what I normally do and created a concoction of some sort of substitute to continue making my dinner. Nobody likes running to the store when they're in the zone anyways. Like all my recipes, I will definitely be messing around with this one more. I want the cauliflower to be crispy next time I play with this recipe, down the sweetness and up the ginger. Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 baking powder
  • 1 head cauliflower (separate into bite size florets)
  • 1 tbsp. pickled ginger minced
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1-3 drops liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (you can substitute white sugar and agave with just 1/2 cup brown sugar)
  • 2 tbsp. agave
  • 2 tbsp. hoisin
  • 1-2 red pepper diced

Instructions:

First start by preheating your oven to 450 degree's Fahrenheit. While your oven is preheating prepare your cauliflower. If you haven't already created bite size florets out of the head of cauliflower, now is a good time. Once you have created your bite sized cauliflower florets, begin making your batter. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl mix around to ensure all the ingredients are mixed and incorporated evenly. After mixing your flower add your almond milk and mix until combined. Once you have a nice batter created drop your cauliflower in and coat each piece evenly and place onto a baking pan. You may need to shake of some excess batter. When all your cauliflower has been dunked in the batter and placed on a sheet pan place in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

While your cauliflower bites are baking create your sauce. Toss your ginger and garlic in a medium sauce pan on medium high heat to pull their fragrant juices out. Once they have browned up, add your soy sauce, liquid smoke, sugar, agave and hoisin. Continue mixing until the sauce thickens, might take a little bit. You can also add some cornstarch to thicken the sauce if you'd like. Once you've gotten your sauce to the consistency you like, add your dice red pepper and simmer for a bout 5 minutes to soften them up.

Lastly toss in your baked cauliflower florets, top over some rice and there you have it!