BBQ Cauliflower ‘Sausage’ Bites with Creamy Dill Dip


BBQ Cauliflower 'Sausage' Bites with Creamy Dill Dip - from Canned-Time.com  A delicious healthy party snack that wont stick to your hips....Gluten Free - Fat Free - & Cruelty Free  #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks #HealthySausageBalls #Partyfare #WhatVegansEat

A few weeks ago, we fired up the grill in anticipation of warmer weather coming and fixed up a couple homemade pizzas for dinner.  That recipe will be coming up in April but I couldn’t wait to try out another way to use the cauliflower ‘sausage’ I came up with as a pizza topping that night.  Cauliflower, when spiced up a bit, has a remarkable similarity to the texture of crumbled sausage I’ve found.  And it is especially complimentary to similar tastes and recipes as pork sausage.   Some dried fennel, a little red pepper, some Italian herbs help those little cauliflower sprigs come alive with tomato sauce or even by themselves.  Today I’ve used those sausage-like tastes to make a non-traditional ‘sausage’ ball with a cheeze background that’s just fantastic with dips and sauces. Served up on a scure, they make a perfect party platter for any occasion.

Gluten Free – Fat Free – and best of all – Cruelty Free.

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 Who’d have thought that a bland cauliflower could evolve into a spicy, zesty ‘sausage’ like snack?

BBQ Cauliflower 'Sausage' Bites with Creamy Dill Dip - from Canned-Time.com  A delicious healthy party snack that wont stick to your hips....Gluten Free - Fat Free - & Cruelty Free  #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks #HealthySausageBalls #Partyfare #WhatVegansEat

 These ‘cheezy’ bites bake up in under 30 minutes.  Bake ahead of time if you’re strapped for time and then just warm them briefly before serving to family or guests.  The dipping sauce you choose can vary greatly.  I couldn’t choose so I offered my favorite BBQ spicy sauce, warmed slightly, along with a cool, creamy new Dill sauce I made to contrast the temperature and heat of the Sausage flavors.  Either way, you’ll love the way these go with so many other flavors you choose for your’s.

BBQ Cauliflower 'Sausage' Bites with Creamy Dill Dip - from Canned-Time.com  A delicious healthy party snack that wont stick to your hips....Gluten Free - Fat Free - & Cruelty Free  #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks #HealthySausageBalls #Partyfare #WhatVegansEat

 

BBQ Cauliflower 'Sausage' Bites with Creamy Dill Dip
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For the 'Sausage' Bites
  1. 1 1/2 Cups Cauliflower Florets (this is the amount after chopping, the measuring cup should be full)
  2. 1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce
  3. 1 Cup Corn Meal
  4. 1 - 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Vegan Cheeze
  5. 2 Tbs. Dried Fennel spice
  6. 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  7. 1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning or Oregano
  8. 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  9. 2 Tbs. Ground Flax mixed with 1/4 Cup Water
For the Dill Dip
  1. 8 oz. Vegan Mayo
  2. 8 oz. Vegan Sour Cream
  3. 2 Tbs. Dried Dill
  4. 1 tsp onion powder (optional)
  5. pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. For the Dip: combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Chill, covered until serving.
For the Bites
  1. In a fry pan, heat the BBQ sauce and spices over low heat. Chop the cauliflower into small crumbles.
  2. Add the cauliflower into the fry pan and cook in with the spices at medium high heat, stirring constantly. Test a piece of cauliflower after about 5 minutes for doneness. It should be soft but not mushy. Remove from heat and set aside to cool some.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together corn meal and shredded 'cheeze'. When the cooked cauliflower has cooled some, add it in with the cheeze mixture and blend well to coat. Stir in the flax / water mix to bind the ingredients. Test a pinch of batter by squeezing it together to see if the batter will hold together when formed into a ball. If it still needs some moisture to bind, add small amounts of water, a tsp at a time until the batter holds together gently in a ball. Too much water will make the balls too wet to hold their shape. The batter will firm up some when baked so don't worry if the balls are not solid yet.
  4. Place the balls on a foil covered bake sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Test one of the balls at this point to see if they are cooked much like a biscuit texture. I added 5 minutes on 'broil' to mine to brown the outsides a little.
  5. Serve with warmed BBQ sauce or cool dips.
Notes
  1. Makes 16 walnut size bites and 2 cups of dill dip.
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BBQ Cauliflower 'Sausage' Bites with Creamy Dill Dip - from Canned-Time.com  A delicious healthy party snack that wont stick to your hips....Gluten Free - Fat Free - & Cruelty Free  #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks #HealthySausageBalls #Partyfare #WhatVegansEat

Enjoy everyone ♥

BBQ Cauliflower 'Sausage' Bites with Creamy Dill Dip - from Canned-Time.com  A delicious healthy party snack that wont stick to your hips....Gluten Free - Fat Free - & Cruelty Free  #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks #HealthySausageBalls #Partyfare #WhatVegansEat

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15 thoughts on “BBQ Cauliflower ‘Sausage’ Bites with Creamy Dill Dip

  1. The vegan 8

    Oh my goodness Angela these sound mouthwatering!! I love BBQ sauce on pretty much anything. I am a Texan after all, haha! These look so crispy and full of flavor. What a fantastic recipe!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thanks so much Brandi!
      You can use other flours I’m sure, the corn was just what I had on hand for a Gluten Free version. I love that you can make them without any oil too, the sauce makes up for that missing taste.
      I have to remember to send you a reminder email about next month’s Breakfast post, keep forgetting. Thanks for your comments, especially from a Texan ♥

  2. narf77

    These look the business! YUMMO! I adore tasty crispy crunchy little nuggets of savoury deliciousness and these fit the bill completely. Pity Cauliflowers are $5 each at the moment but that won’t last for long and soon I can cook me up a batch of these little babies as a reward for all of the hard yard work we are contemplating in the near future 🙂

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thanks so much Becky ♥
      I’m anxious to make them again and play with different flours and spices. Thinking they’d be great with some of Annie’s Cream Cheeze in place of the store bought cheddar in this version too……….much nicer than greasy pork!!

  3. rika@vm

    What a great idea to use the cauliflower – that looks so delicious with spices and herbs! Speaking of dill, I cannot wait for fresh dill to show up in the produce markets this summer! I love dill-based condiments and sauces, they are so refreshing and lovely! I wish I can come over and snack on these dreamy bbq cauliflower sausage bites and that creamy dill dip…miam miam miam!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      That’s a long way to come to nibble but you’re absolutely welcome. I’ll make a double batch cause they go quickly!
      I haven’t had the opportunity to use fresh dill very much either. I tried to grow some in the kitchen last year and it only lasted a few weeks ;(
      I love dill with BBQ flavors too. Thanks for your comments and you stay safe out there in all your trips ♥

  4. Denise

    These look amazing and much better than having to deal w/handling raw meat!! Only one problem, no one in our house likes BBQ Sauce. Does it really need to be in it, because other than that, these would fantastic for the big Family Reunion on Sunday. It’s a Long Weekend up here in Canada, so perfect time to try these..

    Thanks in advance. Came here through the pin at Pinterest, as I’m Celiac and anything tagged Gluten Free ends up in my Browse area. Looking forward to checking out the rest of the place. :o)

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      So glad you stopped to check these out Denise and absolutely, other sauces will work great as well. A hot sauce, salsa or even something Asian would work.
      Can’t wait to hear back how you liked them and what you used as sauce. Definitely adapt them to your favorite but let me know so I can try them out your way !!
      Hope you have a great time at the party!

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