I’m taking my ranch obsession a step further and totally fueling it with this new recipe. I can’t stop, you guys. It’s becoming a real problem. This past week I swear I haven’t gone more than two meals in a row without putting my paleo ranch dressing recipe on something, dipping something in it, or totally slathering it all over everything I’m eating.
Sorry not sorry. At all.
But seriously, if you haven’t checked out this ranch recipe yet…you’re seriously missing out. Good thing it complements this new recipe completely. No, it totally makes the dish and takes it to an entirely other level.
Check this out: Buffalo-Bacon Roasted Cauliflower. Dunked in creamy dreamy delicious ranch dressing.
#getinmybelly. #drooling. #obsessed. #allofthehashtags.
The inspiration for this dish came from when I used to work for Tessemae’s (aka the most awesome salad dressing/sauce company every) doing demos in Whole Foods. You know, those people that are always giving out samples? Yep, that was me. We’re basically related, because the founders and company are Maryland born and raised. That’s how it works, right? (kidding.)
So anyway. Most of the time we would taste test the various dressings with spinach, but during some demos we would toss some raw cauliflower in the wing sauce and sauté it up for customers. The sauce would literally fly off the shelves. So naturally, I had to recreate my own version of the dish. And jack it up a bit, like they say on Say Yes to the Dress.
Yep, I just went there.
This RECIPE though. I’m roasting the cauliflower with some of the Tessemae’s Buffalo Sauce (or Frank’s Red Hot Sauce if you can’t find it, but you SHOULD!), and I added in some chopped bacon for more smoky flavor. And then ranch dressing. *swoon*
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Toss your cauliflower with oil and hot sauce in a medium-sized bowl with a wooden spoon. Stir in the chopped bacon.
- Spread the cauliflower-bacon mixture onto a large cookie sheet.
- Pop in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. If you’d like to serve this with ranch dressing (which you really should!), now would be a good time to make it!
- If you’re like me and enjoy a little crisp on the cauliflower, turn the oven up to broil for a few minutes. But watch it! Broiling on high heat = burnt to a crisp cauliflower if you’re not careful and leave it for too long.
- Serve with chopped cilantro, extra hot sauce and ranch dressing, for dipping.
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This would also be great with some chopped onions to roast along with the cauliflower and bacon. I also added in some chopped parsnips to have more leftovers!