Cauli-fil-a Sandwich

Here is something I experimented with to make a Chick-fil-a inspired sandwich with cauliflower. Usually, if I want a meatless sandwich, I make some seitan, but I wasn’t feeling up to the effort and went with some cauliflower I had on hand.

Gather the ingredients.

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Pickle Juice
  • ⅓ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tsp. Paprika
  • 2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Ranch Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. Cayenne Pepper 
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • Ninja Instant Cooker

Let’s go to work.

  1. Pour pickle juice and ranch seasoning into your instant cooker with the whole head of cauliflower.
  2. Set the cooker to high pressure, allow it to come to pressure, and then immediately do a quick release.
  3. Carefully remove the cauliflower and cut 2 – 3 “steaks” out of the middle. You can use the remaining florets to make “nuggets”.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and spices.
  5. Place the buttermilk in a shallow dish.
  6. Dip each cauliflower steak in the buttermilk and then coat it in the flour mixture.
  7. Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. Fry the cauliflower until golden brown.
  9. ‘Nuff said! Pull the cauliflower out of the oil, let it rest for a few minutes, then enjoy some Cauli-fil-a Sandwiches!
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