Here at Sur La Table, we love hearing about what people are cooking at home— bonus if it’s a creative twist on a classic dish. That’s why, when I saw a photo of my pal Virginia’s Buffalo Cauliflower “wings” after a certain Seattle football team DEMOLISHED the opposing team during a certain for-all-the-marbles sports championship last year, I was intrigued. What was this vegetable, not known for its feats of flavor, doing disguised as delicious chicken? Why was I, noted fan of bacon and meatballs, so interested? How long had I been staring at this picture? Where was I?
Cut to a year later. Present day-ish. With another afternoon of epic snacking and football domination quickly approaching, I had a moment of what I’m going to go ahead and coin snack re-cauliflower (sorry, had to) and asked Virginia to share a few of her veggie game-day recipes with us.
I’ll admit it— I was skeptical at first. Classic where’s the beef? concerns. But the recipes all sound really good. And healthy!
So, without further ado, here are Virginia’s top game-day dishes. All vegetarian all day, with modifications for vegan and gluten-free included.
Recipe #1 – Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”
Why Virginia loves it: “This recipe is inspired by one of the best dishes I have ever eaten, at a restaurant called Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles. It is among the most requested by my friends on game day!”
Recipe #2 – Pesto Potato Bites
Why it’s a favorite: “These bite-sized snacks are pretty enough to impress just about any epicurean, but rustic enough to fit right in next to a bowl of Doritos. Add some Bac-Os (surprise, they are vegan!) and no one will miss the meat.”
Recipe #3 – Three Bean Veggie Chili with Quinoa
Virginia says: “A classic crowd-pleaser to feed the masses. I have been told that this is the best chili ever by more than one football fan! Keep it simple, or make a buffet of custom options like pasta, cheese, onion, and the usual chili suspects. Set it and forget it!”
Thank you for sharing your recipes, Virginia! May your snacks be tasty and your team be victorious this Sunday.
Virginia McFadin lives with her husband, Brian, son, Rex, and menagerie of pets in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. She is a lifelong vegetarian and has been a strict vegan for six years. When she’s not in the kitchen trying out new recipes, she works as a Project Manager for WestSide Baby, a Seattle-based non-profit that provides essential items to children in need. For more information about WestSide Baby and how you can help, visit www.westsidebaby.org.