Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower “Wings” for #SundaySupper with @GalloFamily


There’s a certain big football game coming up, and #SundaySupper is here with the Gallo family to show you that game day eats and drinks aren’t only about pretzels and beer. We are here to show you that even though you are glued to the tube (whether for the game or the commercials), you can still entertain with amazing food and wine pairings. And I am sure everyone in your crowd will love a glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot with these Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower “Wings”.

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower “Wings”

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" | | #appetizer #glutenfree #vegan #vegetarian #sidedish

I’m a wine girl. Doesn’t matter whether I am at a fancy restaurant, grilling burgers, or watching the game and snacking, I’m always going to choose wine. I’m no expert, but I know what I like, and have learned a little bit about pairings over the years. While I’ll usually go with a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay with chicken or shrimp, or a Cabernet with a steak, if I am just going to be sipping and snacking, I think Merlot is a great go-to wine. So I knew the Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot was the wine I would choose to pair with some gourmet game day food.

Ever since I made and shared the recipe for Sesame Glazed Cauliflower “Wings” (and saw the crazy response to them!), I’ve been dying to try a new version. This time I decided to go with a balsamic glaze, which I thought would be perfect with the medium-bodied and versatile Merlot, since it pairs well with a wide variety of foods. A bolder wine might clash with the cauliflower, but the intense balsamic would be too much for a lighter white wine.

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" | | #appetizer #glutenfree #vegan #vegetarian #sidedish

I don’t know who was devouring these Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower “Wings” faster – me, The Hubby, or The Bug. We polished off the entire batch. In fact, I think I may like them even more than the Sesame Glazed version. The balsamic vinegar reduced and got sticky and sweet and syrupy in the oven, with just a hint of garlic and rosemary. I can’t wait to make these again, and enjoy them with another glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot.

Sure, they’re veggies and the vegetarians in your crew will be happy, but the robust flavor will even please the biggest carnivores (like my Hubby). And with a few simple adjustments, you can satisfy the vegans and gluten-free eaters too!

Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" | | #appetizer #glutenfree #vegan #vegetarian #sidedish

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And check out all of today’s amazing recipes featuring big game eats to pair with wines from the Gallo Family Vineyards at the bottom of this post!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings"
Serve up Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" for the big game. These sweet, savory, sticky bites will be devoured by both vegetarians and meat-eaters.
Recipe type: Appetizer, Side Dish
Serves: 4-6
For the sauce:
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free)
  • ¼ cup honey (or agave or maple syrup for strict vegan)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • a few grinds black pepper
For the cauliflower:
  • One large head cauliflower
  • ½ cup flour (I used brown rice flour, but I have seen similar recipes where regular all purpose flour was used)
  • ½ cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
For the sauce:
  1. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
For the cauliflower:
  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F, and spray a baking sheet with oil or cooking spray.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into florets. The smaller they are, the faster they will cook and softer they will get.
  3. Whisk together the flour and milk in a bowl.
  4. Toss the cauliflower in the batter until thoroughly coated.
  5. Arrange the cauliflower on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly less done than you want them.
  7. Remove from the oven and pour the sauce over the cauliflower.
  8. Return to oven for another 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and gently flip and toss the cauliflower in the sauce on the sheet to coat.
  10. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes.


Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower "Wings" | | #appetizer #glutenfree #vegan #vegetarian #sidedish

Need some more gourmet game day snacks to pair with your favorite wine?

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And make sure you check out the rest of today’s menu from the #SundaySupper family for Game Day Entertaining & Pairings using the Gallo Family Vineyards wines:

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  1. says

    I found this recipe thru Pinterest and had to check it out. I’m always on the lookout for veg appetizer recipes. Thanks. Cauliflower wings, what an idea. Would the flavor change a lot of I used thyme versus rosemary? I think this dish would be great for my next party, will let you know how it turns out.
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  2. Dana says

    Made these today and LOVED them! I think next time I will bake them in a 9″ dish instead of a small cookie sheet so as to avoid the extra clean-up from the sticky, sweet (and VERY tasty) sauce as it bubbles up and hardens after taking them out of the oven.

  3. Sars says

    I have now made these twice in one week! And will definitely be making them again for my roommate…and likely next time my family comes over for dinner. These are delicious!

  4. Jessica says

    I followed the recipe but mine came out soggy looking, not like the picture. Did this happen to any one else?

    • says

      Mine also came out very soggy yesterday. I baked on the pan. It seemed like there was too much liquid in the sauce so all the crisping that happened in the first battered step just turned into a soggy mess after I added the sauce, and in so much liquid the cauliflower itself started to overcook. In the future I think I would try it without the batter step and just toss the cauliflower in the sauce (maybe a thicker version). It was still tasty but did not look as appealing :)

  5. Tricia says

    These are soooo yummy! I also made a batch with melted vegan butter and buffalo sauce and they tasted like hot wings! Cannot wait to make theSe in football season.

  6. Kim O. says

    I had been looking for this balsamic glaze recipe for many years. My ex mother-in-law was from Portugal and would make this to pour over steak and fries when we came to visit her years ago. I have never forgotten the taste and was thrilled to finally come across this. Just as I remember it. I will be pouring this over everything!!

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