Sticky Cauliflower Wings with Avocado Aioli

I've mentioned before that cauliflower is my favorite vegetable -- it's so easy to dress up, and if cooked the right way cauliflower has plenty of flavor in recipes. I'm also a big fan of subbing cauliflower in all recipes that include chicken, for some reason, it just works for me. The spicy sauce with the cooling aioli worked perfectly as a light dinner for us.

Recipe from Simple Seasonal.

Baked Cauliflower
-1 head cauliflower
-1/2 cup flour
-1/2 cup water
-1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Sticky Chipotle Sauce
-1/2 cup water
-1/4 cup tomato paste
-1/4 cup honey
-1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
-3/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/4 teaspoon paprika
-1/8 teaspoon onion powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon corn starch

Avocado Aioli 
-1 avocado
-3/4 cup Miracle Whip
-2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
-1 tablespoon honey
-1/8 teaspoon cumin
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450º F. Cut up cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together flour, water, and oil and then toss the cauliflower into the bowl until all of the pieces are coated. Place the cauliflower onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 450º F for  25-30 minutes, or until the batter begins to turn golden brown and the cauliflower is easily pierced by a fork. 

While the cauliflower is baking, combine all of the sticky chipotle sauce ingredients, except for the apple cider vinegar, together in a sauce pan. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat and then simmer for 1 minute while stirring frequently. Then remove from the heat and mix in the apple cider vinegar. Set aside until the cauliflower is done baking.
Once the cauliflower is done, keep it on the cookie sheet, coat it in the sticky chipotle sauce, and then place it back into the oven and bake for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce is hot, bubbling, and sticky.

While the cauliflower finishes baking blend the aioli ingredients in a small food processor or blender and serve alongside the cauliflower.


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