Balsamic glazed cauliflower wings with a bit of cranberry sauce for some seasonal holiday tang are a great Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer or side dish, or a way to use up leftover cranberries. Everyone from vegans to carnivores will adore – sweet, tangy, sticky Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings.
Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings
In a way, the house kind of felt like a leftover. A leftover from his old, bachelor life. Before we were dating. Even before we met. He decided to buy a house, he set the criteria, he did the searching, he picked it out. I’d say he decorated it, but other than a new bed, some old couches from his grad school apartment, and the lamps and curtains the previous owners had left, “decor” was pretty much nonexistent.
Over the course of the few years that we were dating, I helped out with some projects here and there, but as our wedding was approaching, the house still felt like just a house to me. To be perfectly honest, it felt like his house, not even our house. So would it, could it ever feel like home? I was willing to stay for a year or so. It was the practical decision. It made sense financially. Just a year.
But you know, sometimes leftovers, when you put a little thought and love into them, add a few new ingredients to bring in some completely different flavors, can become even better than the original meal. So good that you want to savor this new dish and make it last as long as possible.
Now, eight years later, a little reluctantly, we are leaving that house. Our house. Our home. We are leaving it so much better than what it used to be. And I don’t just mean the style.
Just after our wedding, we tackled the kitchen. As we tore down walls together, we also broke down any little things that we may not have known about each other until we got married and starting living together. And as we rebuilt it, we formed not only the heart and soul of our home, but also the heart and soul of our marriage. The very foundation was laid as we sanded and painted, and even as we blended our distinct styles and tastes to pick out all the details from the wood of the cabinets to our orange walls.
Room by room, we’ve gone through that house and it no longer resembles its former self. Whether it was a major renovation, or simply repainting or moving around some furniture, each room became exactly what we needed it to be at a given moment in time. A den to watch football with our friends was eventually filled with toys. A small bedroom that had been empty became an office and eventually a nursery. The large, empty living room, while not used often, was just the place display some mementos of our travels, and to hang our stockings, put up our Christmas tree, and set up folding tables for large holiday dinners. These changes made it a prettier house. The events and thoughts and emotions that were behind these changes made it our home.
It’s no longer leftovers. It’s become it’s own special, unique recipe. We started with what was there, added a pinch of paint, a dash of details, and stirred it together with a whole lot of love.
Now we are leaving our “leftovers” for someone else. I hope that they recognize what is already there, but mix in whatever is special to them to make it even more amazing. I hope that we can do the same in the house that right now is just our new house, but that I want to soon call “home”.
And that last bit of leftover cranberry sauce that nobody wants? I’m thinking it’ll taste even better once you make these…
Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings are sweet and savory, tangy and tender, sticky and oh, so good.
I mean, so many people have loved my Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings that I couldn’t help myself, and just had to sneak a little of that cranberry flavor in there. I love how the cranberry flavor complements the balsamic vinegar, and since I use my Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce, that hint of citrus and a nice little zing.
As I always say with my “wing” recipes, you might not fool the meat-eaters, but you’ll certainly get them to eat a few more veggies if you serve these. I may loves me some chicken and steak, but I pretty much devoured almost this entire batch of “wings” myself, though my boys did help me out.
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Here’s the Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings recipe…
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup cranberry sauce
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ tsp salt
- a few grinds black pepper
- 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)
- Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 450°F, and spray a baking sheet with oil or cooking spray.
- Cut the cauliflower into florets. The smaller they are, the faster they will cook and softer they will get.
- Whisk together the flour and milk in a bowl.
- Toss the cauliflower in the batter until thoroughly coated.
- Arrange the cauliflower on the baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly less done than you want them.
- Remove from the oven and pour the sauce over the cauliflower. Toss gently.
- Return to oven for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and gently flip and toss the cauliflower in the sauce on the sheet to coat.
- Return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes, flipping again after 5 minutes.
Need some more ways to use up leftover cranberry sauce?
- Cranberry Balsamic Salad Dressing
- Cranberry BBQ Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Creamy Cranberry Dijon Dipping Sauce
Plus here is the rest of the leftovers-inspired #SundaySupper menu:
Cranberry Sauce Muffins by The Foodie Army Wife
Leftover Stuffing Breakfast Strata by Ruffles & Truffles
Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins by Magnolia Days
Turkey & Chorizo Breakfast Hash by Brunch with Joy
Italian Mashed Potato Pancakes by The Weekend Gourmet
Cranberry Sauce’d Corn Bread Muffins by Rhubarb and Honey
Leftover Pie by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Thanksgiving Leftover Waffles by Foxes Love Lemons
Stuffing Hash by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Turkey Pizza by Meal Diva
Turkey & Caramelized Onion Risotto by kimchi MOM
Turkey with Creamy Mushroom Marsala Sauce by Casa de Crews
Moroccan Turkey Stew by What Smells So Good?
Peruvian Cilantro & Turkey Soup by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Turkey & Butternut Squash Stew by Cooking Chat
Turkey Kreplach Soup by Panning the Globe
Turkey & Stuffing Crepes by Peaceful Cooking
Cranberry Apple Pecan Chicken Salad by NeighborFood
Herbed Turkey over Cornbread Waffles with Cranberry Sauce by girlichef
Creamy Peanut Gochujang Pasta by Wallflour Girl
Cranberry Sweet Potato Soup by Take A Bite Out of Boca
Turkey Enchilada Pasta Bake by Curious Cuisiniere
Turkey Orzo Risotto by Family Foodie
Turkey Croquettes by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Cheesy Mashed Potato Croquettes by Noshing with the Nolands
Whipped Carrots with Sriracha Butter by Healthy Delicious
Cranberry-Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes by Momma’s Meals
Cheesy Jalapeño Potato Cakes by Bobbi’s Cozy Kitchen
Cranberry & Turkey Sandwich by The Redhead Baker
Monte Cristo Sandwich by Nik Snacks
Hot Brown Turkey Sandwiches by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Sprouted Grain Turkey, Cranberry & Brie Panini by Amee’s Savory Dish
Turkey Cranberry Flatbread by Peanut Butter and Peppers
Condiments & Sauces:
Banana Cheesecake with Pecan Graham Cracker Crust by Desserts Required
Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Gluten-Free Lemon Cake by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Spiced Cranberry Sauce Buckle by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Cocktails & Drinks: