Spicy Fried Cauliflower with White Cheddar Ranch Dip

Blogger Brooke McLay from Cheeky Kitchen prepares a perfectly delicious small-town summer snack—fried cauliflower with a spicy, golden brown batter and an incredibly smooth and creamy dipping sauce!

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4

cups vegetable oil for frying
head cauliflower
tablespoons milk
1 1/2
cups Original Bisquick™ mix
cup cornstarch
teaspoons paprika
teaspoon chili powder
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
teaspoon salt
cup reduced-fat sour cream
packet cheese powder (from box of white Cheddar macaroni and cheese dinner)
package (1 oz) ranch dressing and seasoning mix (milk recipe)

  • 1 In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  • 2 Cut cauliflower into florets; discard stems
  • 3 In medium bowl, beat eggs and milk with whisk. In large bowl, stir together Bisquick mix, cornstarch, paprika, chili powder, ground red pepper and salt.
  • 4 Dip cauliflower florets into egg, then into Bisquick mixture; dip again into egg and coat with Bisquick mixture. Place in hot oil; fry until golden brown. Transfer fried cauliflower to clean plate lined with napkins or paper towels.
  • 5 In small bowl, beat sour cream, cheese powder and dressing mix with whisk until well blended.
  • 6 Serve cauliflower immediately with sour cream dip. Enjoy!

Expert Tips

To ensure even cooking of the cauliflower, fry in oil heated no higher than medium on your stovetop.

Like it spicier? Double or triple the amount of ground red pepper (cayenne) in your recipe. Don't want it spicy? Feel free to leave the cayenne out!