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Balsamic glazed cauliflower wings are one of my favorite gluten free appetizers! This easy cauliflower based appetizer has a sticky balsamic glaze that vegans and carnivores will both love!
There’s a certain big football game coming up, and 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”
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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.
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!
A couple of items you might want to help you make these delicious balsamic glazed cauliflower wings:
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What kind of wine do you like to enjoy while you are snacking?
Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings
For the sauce:
- 1/4 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:
- Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
For the cauliflower:
- 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.
- 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 minutes.
Need some more gourmet game day snacks like the balsamic glazed cauliflower wings to pair with your favorite wine?
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:
Game Day Entertaining and Pairing:
- Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings
- Bean and Chorizo Dip by Foxes Love Lemons
- Beer Braised Szechuan Chicken Wings by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Blue Cheese Burger Bites by Country Girl In The Village
- Chipotle Quinoa Fritters by Healthy. Delicious.
- Cilantro Lime Marinated Shrimp by Ruffles & Truffles
- Game Day Pepperoni Pizza Dip by Family Foodie
- Game Day Pulled Pork Nachos by girlichef
- Goat Cheese, Bacon, and Pistachio Truffles by Chocolate Moosey
- Grilled Steak Sliders with Chimichurri Sauce by Hip Foodie Mom
- Honey Dijon Glazed Wings by The Foodie Army Wife
- Honey Ham Barbecue by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip by The Dinner-Mom
- Korean-style Clams by kimchi MOM
- Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch by Magnolia Days
- Spicy Sausage Rolls by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Spinach Balls by Shocklingly Delicious
- Spinach Lasagna Cups by Alida’s Kitchen
- Sweet Potato Skins by The Wimpy Vegetarian
These look great! I’ve had good luck subbing tapioca or arrowroot flour for gluten free!
Thank you so much. Yes, tapioca and arrowroot starch are great gluten free options as well!
Well mine looked nothing yours. Cauliflower was in a puddle of sauce.
I’m drooling. Seriously. I’ve become so addicted to cauliflower it’s not even funny. Can’t wait to make this!
I will be starting a blog soon. Not using my own recipes because I have no idea how to put stuff like this together but maybe eventually. I do want to show people (mainly moms under time constraints) how possible it is to make delicious food without animal cruelty. Mainly my point is to ask if it is okay to link your recipe if I use it?
This is unsweetened coconut milk.
I just made this exactly as written. Perfect!
What a great creation! I LOVE cauliflower. Really I can’t wait to try this one. My new years resolution. Less Carbs.
Thanks, I am a total cauliflower addict!
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!!
Oh wow! Never thought about pouring it over steak. That may be a new recipe you’ll see on the blog!
I LOVE this recipe! I made it and almost didn’t get photos to put up on my blog because I couldn’t stop picking on it. Great recipe and thanks so much for sharing
Haha! So glad you liked it!
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.
Thanks! I’ve made the buffalo version too – so good!
I followed the recipe but mine came out soggy looking, not like the picture. Did this happen to any one else?
I just made these today and mine came out soggy too. They don’t look anything like the picture.
Did you bake them right on the pan, not with a silpat? I used a silpat once and they weren’t as glazy. They don’t come out super crisp, but maybe you need to bake them a bit longer for the glaze to get more sticky?
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 🙂
Hmm, I’ll have to try this recipe again. I’ve made it several times and several versions, and yes, it doesn’t stay super crispy, bit mine always glaze nicely.
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!
Haha, awesome! Have you seen my sesame version? I’m not sure which I like better. https://cupcakesandkalechips.com/sesame-glazed-cauliflower-wings-sundaysupper-tailgate-glutenfree-vegan/
Hey there! Thank you for this recipe. I made a few changes to make it organic as well but they were great! Thank you for the idea. I’ve posted the recipe on my blog as well, giving you credit of course. 🙂 http://athomeorganic.com/2014/03/05/balsamic-roasted-cauliflower/
Glad you liked it, and thanks for sharing!
These look amazing! 🙂
Thank you – we love them!
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.
That’s actually a very good idea. I just like spreading them out so they crisp up before adding the sauce.
These look delicious! 🙂 What vegetarian main dish would you serve with them?
Hmmm, honestly I don’t cook a ton of vegetarian main dishes because my hubby doesn’t think it counts as a meal if there is no meat (ugh!), but perhaps a pasta dish or an eggplant parmesan?
I decided to make them with kale chips. They were great! 🙂
This sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to try them!
They are awesome, I must say. Thanks!!
I love this recipe! It looks so tasty… thanks for sharing this with us at our Marvelous Monday Party! Pinning!
Thanks Deb, it is super flavorful!
now this is my kind of snack!
It is sooo good Heather!
Yum! I’ll definitely have to give these a try! How’s the texture, do they get pretty soft?
We don’t like super crunchy veggies, and they get soft enough for us, but not totally mushy.
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.
I’m sure thyme would be fine, and honestly, you could probably just omit it completely and it will still be yummy.
I live in Canada so I won’t be celebrating the Superbowl…but I will definitely be making these! They look incredible! Yum 🙂
You don’t need a football game to enjoy these 🙂 We love them as a side dish.
Confession time… I’ve gotten totally hooked on cauliflower ‘wings’. We tried a buffalo version last week, and I was smitten. I think we still have half a head in the fridge. Time to try these!
I love the buffalo ones too!!
Brianne, I totally loved your Sesame Cauliflower Wings when you posted them and these are no different.. Ok… maybe a little I’m obsessed with balsamic vinegar so these are totally going to happen in my house! Love them! Pinning!
Thanks! Yes I love balsamic too, so coming up with this version was a natural progression.
Those look wonderful, Brianne! Wings are one of my favorite things and I love both of your vegetarian versions.
Thanks Stacy! I love the wing flavor and stickiness in something a bit healthier.
These sound so freaking delicious. Once again, you’ve come to the rescue when I’m trying to figure out something to make for a food event! (You helped me with Thanksgiving too!)
Awesome! Thanks! Love these!
What a clever idea! I wouldn’t have put these together as ‘wings’ but I certainly will now.
Thanks Maureen. They are such a fun snack or side!
Sounds really good. Thanks so much and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Thanks Liz, enjoy!
I just love how these totally LOOK like wings, even. And I’m a sucker for anything coated in a balsamic glaze. What a perfect party good for vegetarians, or anyones, really!
I know, isn’t it crazy?! Oh, and this glaze was also awesome on chicken. I have to remake and photograph this time!
Wow I can’t get over how you made cauliflower into “wings”! Can’t wait to make these.
I love that you still get all that sticky glazey goodness like on wings!
Oh my word! CAULIFLOWER WINGS!!!! What an awesome idea!
I love the Buffalo Cauliflower recipes floating around out there, so had to try a new flavor!
The cauliflower wings idea is SO creative. What an awesome idea!
Wish I could take full credit – I’ve seen lots of recipe for Buffalo Cauliflower. But I’ve loved coming up with new versions.
What a FANTASTIC idea. I absolutely love this use of cauliflower!!!! Making these for sure!
Thanks, I love doing funky stuff with cauliflower!
I like the vegetarian version of wings. Very creative!
The veggie folks have to have some fun too! 🙂
I love everything about this Brianne. Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables and the sauce sounds so delicious. Will have to give this a try!
I love cauliflower too. I’ll take it plain, but it is so fun to jazz up!
Totally making and bringing these to the game next week!
What an inventive way to serve cauliflower!
Thanks Dorothy! Gotta get creative with those veggies!
This is pure genius! I love everything about this recipe. Can not wait to try!
Thanks so much Shannon!
Whoa! These appeal to me so much more than the chicken version!!! DELISH!!!
Me too! I am not a chicken wing fan, to be honest.
oh my goodness, Brianne! I love that you baked cauliflower! I love this!!!!
Thanks Alice! We love cauliflower this way!
These little tasty bites just made their way to the top of our Game Day Menu!
I can’t get enough of them. I want to keep making different sauces and glazes for them!
All I can say is yum. I would totally devour these and not feel a bit guilty because they are healthy too!
Exactly! Eat the whole batch 🙂
I love these healthy bites! I bet the combination of balsamic and Merlot was just perfect!
We adore them too! Merlot is so versatile that it works with a lot!
I love cauliflower so much and so does my husband. I can’t wait to try this recipe.
It is so good! My family gobbled it up.
These cauliflower wings sound great for game day snacking with a nice glass of Gallo Merlot!
Thanks Cindy, they were!