Friday, 12 February 2016

Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Creamy Asian Slaw

Its actually insane how much the jackfruit mimics meat. I am planning on seeing if I can trick some of my non-vegan friends into thinking its actually pork or chicken. I made a trip to my local H-Mart (Asian supermarket) to find this, but I bet some regular grocery stores in larger areas would have it in their Asian food section. If you do have to make a special trip, its worth it to stock up since they only run about $1.50 per can. My husband knew it wasn't meat, because well, duh... but I really think it could pass. Jackfruit tastes like nothing, pulls like braised meat would, and it takes on flavour really well. My next experiment will be a Southwest pulled "chicken" type thing. Stay posted. For now, try out these sandwiches! They're delicious!

Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwiches
1 medium yellow onion, diced
cooking oil of choice
2 cans of young jackfruit in brine or water (not syrup!)
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp liquid smoke
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup veggie stock
1/2 cup BBQ sauce of choice
buns of choice

Creamy Asian Slaw
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp vegan mayo
1 tbsp coconut milk
1/2 tsp seasame oil
juice from 1/2 lime (you can add the zest too if you like it tart)
1 tsp agave nectar
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sautee the onions in the oil, over medium heat until translucent. Drain the jackfruit, and add it to the pan. Break it up with a spatula, kind of like you would ground beef. It should pull apart and look stringy, like pulled meat. Add in the spices and sautee for about 5 mins, or until it starts browning and getting a little dry. Then add your veggie stock, and cover, allowing the stock to absorb, about 5 more mins.

Spread it all out onto your lined baking sheet and bake for 15 mins. Pull it out, and flip it up, so every piece gets a chance to crisp up. Bake another 15 mins. At this point, pull it out and toss it with your BBQ sauce. Then bake it for another 15 mins, so the sauce coats each piece.

While its baking, make your slaw. Just combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

When you jackfruit is all done, pile it onto a warm bun, top with slaw and enjoy!

If you try this recipe, let me know how it turned out, and if you take a pic, tag me on instagram, @thechelsea_girl :)

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