Spicy Old Bay “Popcorn” Cauliflower

1 small to medium head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 cup panko
3-4 tablespoons Old Bay
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs
2-3 tablespoons hot sauce


Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Beat the eggs together with the hot sauce until fluffy.

Place the cauliflower in a small bowl. Pour the beaten eggs over the cauliflower and toss to thoroughly coat. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the panko and spices. Dredge the cauliflower in the panko mixture and arrange in a single layer on the lined baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until crisp.

My thoughts:

If you can have popcorn shrimp and popcorn chicken then why not popcorn cauliflower? It is a fun change from the regular steamed or roasted cauliflower and it is nearly as easy. I served it as a side dish but it would also make a great snack or appetizer. We like spice so I made the eggs extra spicy with lots of very hot, hot sauce and loaded the breading with Old Bay. Feel free to tone down the spice for tamer palates.

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