As you may or may not know, Buffalo sauce doesn’t actually have anything to do with wild buffalo — which makes sense because buffalo don’t have wings. Buffalo sauce was invented in the city of Buffalo, New York when bar owner Teressa Bellissimo invented a dish comprised of chicken wings that were breaded, deep-fried, and coated in a buttery, spicy sauce. Buffalo wings are always a favorite at sports bars or for watching the game from home. If you’ve always loved Buffalo wings, then you’ll be happy to know that we can easily make meat-free versions of Buffalo wings with all kinds of flavor profiles. But, let’s not limit this spicy, buttery sauce to just “wings.”
From seitan bites to fries, this is a flavor that we can really get creative with — and no matter which way you spin it, you can guarantee that anything with Buffalo flavor will make the perfect party appetizer. So, get ready because we have 15 spicy, drool-worthy apps and snacks for you!
1. Buffalo Polenta Fries
Crispy polenta fries meet spicy Buffalo flavor in this awesome appetizer. The outside of these Buffalo Polenta Fries is crispy and spicy while the inside is creamy and cheesy. These polenta fries can be baked or fried, depending on what you like. Either way you make them, make sure you serve them up with celery sticks and some vegan bleu cheese for dipping.
2. Crispy Cauliflower ‘Wings’
Add these Crispy Cauliflower “Wings“ to your snack rotation and watch a night with friends get ten times better. In this recipe, large cauliflower florets are dipped in a thick chickpea flour batter, baked in the oven until crispy, and then doused in spicy buffalo sauce. Serve this with a creamy vegan Ranch to balance out the heat and get ready to lick your fingers from all of the deliciousness!
3. Baked Buffalo Falafel
What happens when you combine spicy Buffalo sauce flavors? Something amazing. These Baked Buffalo Falafel are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and wonderfully spicy! Serve these on a bed of steamed rice, on salads, orwith hummus as an appetizer.
4. Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas
This recipe for Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas is quick, easy, and contains only three ingredients! Just toss chickpeas in vegan butter and hot sauce, roast until they’re browned on the outside, and you’re good to go! These are a great addition to salads, but they also make a fantastic snack for game day or movie night.
5. Buffalo Cauliflower Sliders With Blue Cheese Sauce
These Buffalo Cauliflower Sliders take Buffalo bites to the next level. How do you improve on what’s near-perfection? Turn it into a sandwich. Spicy baked Buffalo cauliflower is sandwiched between a fluffy bun and topped with a crunchy slaw in vegan blue cheese dressing. Whether you serve these for dinner or just at a party, they’re guaranteed to be a sure-fire win.
6. #5under5: Buffalo Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms
Let’s say it’s Friday night and you forgot you need to make something to bring to a dinner party. Your wallet is almost empty and you’re short on time – what can you possibly make? Enter these Buffalo Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms: baby Bella mushrooms stuffed with a sweet potato and chickpea pâté that’s generously seasoned with tangy Buffalo hot sauce. Is your mouth watering yet? They are the perfect party appetizer that will have your friends and family begging you to bring to every gathering for the rest of time. They look so fancy, but couldn’t be simpler to make – and the best part is that you get twelve delicious little bites of savory goodness for under $5.00!
7. Buffalo Tofu Bites With Ranch
Ready for happy hour in your home?! These Buffalo Tofu Bites are packed with flavor — not too hot, not too spicy. They’re fried, but not deep-fried like their counterparts are and perfect when paired with the cooling vegan ranch sauce. These Buffalo bites are a great snack for weekends, movie-watching, or just hanging with friends and family.
8. Buffalo Mac and Cheese Crumble
Soy curls are one of the most versatile products out there. You can make so many different things with them, like, the spicy and crumbly topping in this rich, creamy, gooey Buffalo Mac and Cheese Crumble. By using the soy curl crumbs as a topping, you get a gluten-free, high-protein, lower-carb topping! Not only is the topping spicy, the creamy cheese sauce is made with hot sauce for extra heat. Just divide them into little portions if you’re serving a game day crowd.
9. Broccoli ‘Wings’
Similar to cauliflower “wings,” but a little more flavorful, these crispy Broccoli “Wings” will be the star appetizer of any party. Broccoli florets are coated in a gluten-free batter and then baked to crispy perfection. You can leave them plain, or use whatever sauce you like — so coat them with Buffalo sauce and you’re good to go.
10. Buffalo Peanut Inside-Out Sushi
This Buffalo Peanut Inside-Out Sushi is a fusion of Japanese and American flavors; fresh vegetables and spicy, crunchy Buffalo peanuts are wrapped in seasoned rice and then drizzled with a creamy Buffalo sunflower seed sauce. If you don’t have a bamboo rolling mat, or if you’re just not into rolls, you can also serve this amazing meal as a rice bowl.
11. Grilled Tofu Po’ Boy With Apple Slaw
These days, you can find almost anything served with buffalo sauce – which is a mixture of butter and hot sauce. The traditional Buffalo sandwich is breaded, deep-fried, and smothered in the fatty condiment. This Grilled Tofu Po’ Boy With Apple Slaw features a grilled, marinated tofu that’s been simmered in Buffalo sauce. The cabbage and apples in the slaw add crunch, the vegan mayonnaise adds creaminess, and the vinegar gives it some needed acidity. This is a simple and easy to make. If you’re making an appetizer, just cut it up into sliders!
12. Buffalo Avocado Fries
Creamy avocado slices tossed in bread crumbs, baked until crispy, then tossed in spicy Buffalo sauce. Yes, these Buffalo Avocado Fries are a thing! And bonus – they’re baked, not fried. They take maybe 15 minutes to make, and a few hot seconds to gobble up
13. Buffalo Seitan Bites
These Buffalo Seitan Bites are tender yet chewy and the perfect size for snacking and dipping. They’re baked to keep things easy, and then breaded and fried to keep things delicious. Then they’re coated with buffalo sauce and served with vegan ranch, carrot sticks, and celery. They’re the perfect indulgence when you’re craving spicy snacks for game day, movie night, or anytime.
14. Bangin’ Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza
Trust us, you and your guests will be positively drooling over this Bangin’ Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza. There are a few steps to this recipe, but they are all fairly easy and you can make the blue cheese dressing and pizza dough ahead of time. Homemade pizza dough is coated in marinara sauce, dairy-free blue cheese made from tofu and artichoke hearts, and of course — crispy Buffalo cauliflower bites.
15. Buffalo Cauliflower Patties
These spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Patties have an addictively crunchy quinoa outside and a soft and tender cauliflower and white bean inside. Buffalo sauce gives it a powerful kick of heat that’s instantly cooled by the creamy avocado dip. These patties can be eaten by hand, as a sandwich with the dip playing the part of a spread, or they can be crumbled up on a salad! Once you take the first bite, you’ll know that you’ll be returning to this recipe again and again.
Need more spicy game day recipes? We have exactly what you’re looking for. Check out our vegan Buffalo sauce recipes page for more drool-worthy appetizers.
Lead image source: Crispy Cauliflower ‘Wings’