Baked Orange Cauliflower

  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, whisked

for the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/8 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp sriracha (if you find this to be too much spice, you can replace half of it with ketchup to get the orange color without affecting flavor too much)
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp water + 2 tsp cornstarch

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Set aside whisked egg in a small mixing bowl. Set aside panko crumbs in a medium mixing bowl. Dip cauliflower pieces in egg and then roll in panko until fully coated and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You may need to use your fingers to help press on the coating to help it to stick to the cauliflower bites. Repeat until all cauliflower is coated.

2. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until coating is a dark golden brown and crunchy.

3. While the cauliflower is baking, make the sauce. Using a small saucepan, add all ingredients listed except the last set (1 tbsp water + 2 tsp cornstarch). Bring sauce to a low boil, stirring constantly. In a small bowl, completely dissolve cornstarch in water, then add to the mixture. Stir until sauce boils again and cook until sauce thickens. Drizzle sauce over cauliflower. Add fresh chopped scallions if desired.

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