Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with White Garlic Sauce

 

Like most of my recipes on this blog, this pizza has a backstory. Let’s rewind all the way back to middle school, shall we?

I grew up in this small little town called Honeoye Falls, which is a suburb of Rochester in Upstate NY. If you’re unfamiliar with Rochester, all you need to know is that it’s on the opposite side of the state from NYC and essentially on the border of Canada. Oh, and it snows there. A LOT.

Anyways, back to my story. My middle school (and high school) were both walking distance from the tiny little town which had about as many shops and restaurants as I have fingers. Sadly, I’m not exaggerating. A lot of these little businesses came and went, but a few were town staples that remained there through the whole time I lived there. One of those places happened to be Guida’s Pizza Shop. Aka the birth of this here pizza inspiration.

 

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with White Garlic Sauce {vegan} // pumpkin & peanut butter

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with White Garlic Sauce {vegan} // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Guida’s was popular amongst us kids for their ginormous slices of pizza that you could buy for a little over two dollars. And they weren’t just any slices of pizza— they were Buff Chic slices. Greasy, garlicy thin crust topped with fried chicken, buffalo sauce, and gobs of mozzarella and blue cheese. That was THE pizza to get at Guida’s. We’d walk to town after school, bellies hungry for a “snack”, and scarf down these decadent slices (with a can of root beer, of course).

Today, of course, I don’t see myself enjoying this Buff Chic pizza anymore. But I do love me some spicy food AND I’m still all about pizza, so I recreated this childhood favorite for my adult tastebuds. Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with White Garlic Sauce. Ohhh yeahhhh.

A dairy-free, creamy white garlic sauce on top of a thin herby crust, layered with spicy buffalo roasted cauliflower, crispy kale, avocado, and fresh parsley. That is what I call a pizza! It’s got that perfect crunchy bite, while still being tender and creamy thanks to that garlic sauce and vocado. And that BAM of spice from the buffalo sauce— I think even Guida’s would be proud!

 

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with White Garlic Sauce {vegan} // pumpkin & peanut butter

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with White Garlic Sauce {vegan} // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

So if you’re looking for some delicious game day eats for Super Bowl Sunday, or just want a change up from the normal pizza routine, this Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza is you ticket. Packed with flavor and veggies, it’s sure to please any crowd, from vegans to carnivores!

Stop back on Friday for a round up of some more fabulous game day appetizers, dips, and dishes!

 

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with White Garlic Sauce {vegan} // pumpkin & peanut butter

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with White Garlic Sauce

Serves 8
Cook time 45 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish

Ingredients

  • pizza dough (homemade, store bought, gluten free--- your choice!)
  • 1 1/2 cup steamed kale
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • fresh chopped parsley

for the buffalo cauliflower

  • 1 Medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter (vegan or regular) or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk (I used light)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Medium yellow onion, diced

for the white garlic sauce

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour (whole wheat, gluten free, your choice)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • salt and pepper

Directions

for the buffalo cauliflower
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Chop one head of cauliflower into florets and drizzle with one tbsp of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly over a baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes, tossing once or twice throughout.
Step 2
In a small sauce pan, whisk together Frank's Red Hot, sriracha, butter, and coconut milk over medium heat. Once the butter is melted and the sauce is hot, turn off heat and set aside. In a large skillet, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil and add in diced yellow onion. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add in roasted cauliflower and top with the spicy sauce. Mix to coat all the cauliflower and onion in the sauce.
Step 3
In the meantime, let's make the white garlic sauce! Begin begin by drizzling 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large skill. Add in 6 cloves of minced garlic and cook for 1 minute on medium high heat. Add in 2 tbsp of whole wheat flour and whisk together for 1 minute. Slowly add in the milk a little at a time, whisking as you pour. Also add in a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until all the clumps are gone and a creamy white sauce is created.
Step 4
Turn the oven up to 425 degrees. Roll out your pizza dough onto a large baking sheet. Top the pizza dough with the white garlic sauce and spread evenly over the pizza to create a light coat. Next, spread the buffalo cauliflower evenly over the pizza, then fill in the "holes" with the steamed kale leaves. Bake for 12-15 minutes (follow your dough's recommended time). Once the pizza is cooked, top it with diced avocado and fresh chopped parsley. Slice and serve!

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with White Garlic Sauce {vegan} // pumpkin & peanut butter

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

12 Comments

    • Thanks Alexa 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you guys think!! I’m seriousssslyyy obsessed with your tagalongs btw

  1. This is definitely my kind of pizza!! With the cauliflower and kale!! And with that white sauce and the spiciness of the cauliflower, I know that my hubby-to-be that will absolutely love this!

    • You and I must have very similar taste buds 🙂 Hope you guys like it!

  2. Great idea to use steamed kale and a garlic sauce with this. I’m going to try your variation today! Thanks for sharing!

    • So glad you like it Scott! Let me know how it turns out if you get a chance 🙂

  3. Liz, I’ve been looking for a recipe like this! How thick to you make the white sauce?
    By the way – I went to SUNY Geneseo and lived in the area! I miss it – but understand the snow and also share your love of Buffalo sauce. 🙂

    • No way!! I grew up in Honeoye Falls so I was VERY close to you. Small world! I make my sauce about the thickness of an alfredo cream sauce, if that makes sense. Thick enough that it won’t immediately drip off your finger, but thin enough that your can still spread it easily. Let me know how that works out for you!

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