Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Veganomicon Chickpea Cutlets

Hey everyone! This is the first recipe I ever made when I became vegan and I really enjoyed it so I hope you guys do to!

Veganomicon's Chickpea Cutlets
    1 cup cooked chickpeas 
    2 Tbsp olive oil 
    1/2 cup vital wheat gluten 
    1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs 
    1/4 cup vegetable broth or water 
    2 Tbsp soy sauce 
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 tsp lemon zest 
    1/2 tsp thyme 
    1/2 tsp paprika 
    1/4 tsp sage 
    Grapeseed oil for pan frying 

1. In a mixing bowl, mash the chickpeas together with the oil until no chickpeas are left. Add the remaining ingredients and knead together for about 3 minutes, until strings of gluten have formed.
2. Preheat a large heavy-bottomed nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, divide the cutlet dough into 4 equal pieces. To form cutlets, knead each piece in your hand for a few moments and then flatten and stretch each one into a roughly 6 by 4 inch rectangular cutlet shape. The easiest way to do this is to form a rectangle shape in your hands and then place the cutlets on a clean surface to flatten and stretch them.
3. Add a moderately thin layer of grapeseed oil to the bottom of the pan. Place the cutlets in the pan and cook on each side for 6 to 7 minutes. Add more oil, if needed, when you flip the cutlets. They're ready when lightly browned and firm to the touch. 

Makes: 4
these freeze really well so you can make a whole bunch and freeze them for a later date. ENJOY!

p.s. I heard back from the burger bar I reviewed on Crescent and they are going to implement some of the changes I suggested!!! We will definitely be going back there (and if they start serving my carrot cake it might be the place of our birthday celebrations!). 

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