Learn how to make Buffalo cauliflower bites, a healthy vegetarian, gluten-free alternative to classic Buffalo chicken wings.

I love any excuse to throw a party. More specifically, I love any excuse to cook, invite all my friends over and crack open some local beer and cider. Even though I'm not the biggest football fan, the Super Bowl is a great excuse to get everyone together.

I was planning what I'm going to serve-sweet-hot chili wings, 7-layer dip and beefy chili-and I started thinking. There are two things I can never get enough of at Super Bowl parties: Buffalo sauce and vegetables. My solution? I created this recipe for addictive Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. They're a healthy meatless alternative to classic Buffalo chicken wings that even my vegetarian and gluten-free friends can eat.

buffalo cauliflower on a platter with celery and carrots

Cauliflower is the ultimate party veggie: it only has 29 calories per cup and is packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber. When you roast the florets, they get nutty, brown and a little crispy. Plus, it's a great carrier for the sauce, which I kept healthy by reducing the amount of sodium-laden hot sauce and butter, adding lemon juice for tang and sriracha for heat. You can eat these cauliflower morsels to get your Buffalo fill and your veggies at the same time.

buffalo cauliflower on a plate

Step 1: Roast the Cauliflower

To make this easy appetizer, cut up a head of cauliflower into florets-keeping them big enough for people to grab with their fingers, about 1 1/2 inches wide. Toss them with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil, then roast them at high heat until they get a bit browned and crispy.

Roasted cauliflower on a pan

Step 2: Make the Buffalo Sauce

While the cauliflower is roasting, you'll mix your sauce in the same large bowl for less mess. You probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen-sriracha, hot sauce, butter and lemon juice.

bowls of condiments

Step 3: Mix It Up

Take the hot roasted cauliflower out of the oven and toss it in the sriracha-Buffalo sauce. Another quick flash in the oven gets everything hot and saucy, and bam! You've created a vegetable "wing" that even the meat eaters will keep coming back to.

buffalo cauliflower with dip

Serve these little beauties with carrots, celery sticks and creamy Buttermilk Ranch and Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing. (Make sure to have cocktail napkins or toothpicks since these saucy babies might leave fingers in need of a wipe-or lick.)

Are you pumped? Get out your hot sauce, napkins and team jerseys. It's time to eat, drink and watch commercials-ahem, I mean football!