Green Buffalo Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

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Green Buffalo Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

Ingredients

Green Buffalo Sauce

Blue Cheese Crema

  • 1 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk

Pickled Carrots and Celery

  • 2 cups rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into matchsticks

Fried Cauliflower

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 cups cauliflower, florets picked into bite size pieces
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 1 gallon canola oil, for frying
  • 10 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves picked

Preparation

Prepare the Green Buffalo Sauce: Preheat oven to 400°.

Brush poblano peppers with oil and place in oven until dark and charred, but not burned (approximately 15-20 minutes). Cool and remove stems and seeds; keep skin for flavor.

In a medium saucepot, add all ingredients except roasted poblano peppers and butter. Over medium-high heat, cook until sauce comes to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. When sauce is completely cool, add to a blender with roasted poblano peppers and butter and blend until sauce is completely incorporated. Strain sauce with a fine mesh strainer.

Prepare the Blue Cheese Crema: Add all ingredients to a saucepot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; remove from heat. Place blue cheese mixture in a blender and blend until well incorporated. Set aside.

Prepare the Pickled Carrots and Celery: In a pot, bring vinegar, sugar, water and salt to boil over high heat. Remove from heat and pour over carrots and celery. Let cool and reserve.

Prepare the Cauliflower: Combine flour, kosher salt, black pepper and paprika in a bowl. Add the cauliflower and toss to coat. Place in buttermilk and roll cauliflower around until coated completely. Toss cauliflower in flour mixture a second time until completely coated.

In a frying pan or deep fryer, heat oil over high heat to 350ºF. Fry cauliflower until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove and toss in Green Buffalo Sauce.

To serve, place cauliflower in your favorite corn or flour tortilla; top with blue cheese crema, pickled vegetables, and cilantro. Serve hot.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Created by Chef Cesar Zapata of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions.

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