Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chickpea Cutlets from the "Veganomicon"!

The Veganomicon is a great Vegan cook book, one of my all time favorites! I am looking for other protein packed main dishes and what better than chickpeas! This is almost directly out of the book the next attempt at these I will modify the ingredients a bit more for a different flavor but liked the texture, look and taste of these for sure! The recipe is doubled for leftovers!
• 2 cups cooked chickpeas
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• 1 cup vital wheat gluten
• 1 cup plain bread crumbs
• 1/2 cup vegetable broth
• 4 tbsp soy sauce
• 4 cloves of garlic minced
• 1 tsp lemon zest
• 1/2 tsp thyme
• 1 tsp hungarian paprika
• 1/2 tsp sage
Mash chickpeas and oil, I used a potato masher, you want to make sure there are no whole chickpeas it will resemble a paste. Add all other ingredients and first mix until all ingredients are combined then knead until the gluten becomes a bit stringy. I prefer hand kneading it will take about three to five minutes.
ingredients on top of chickpeas
about to be kneaded
Form into cutlets about 6 by 4 inches and 1/2 to 3/4 thick, this will make six or so depending on how thick you make them. I chose to bake my cutlets at 375 for 20 minutes then turning and baking for another nine. The Veganomicon also recommends frying instead of baking but I chose to bake so I could spend time making my other sides! This was served with caramelized brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes!
Super Yum!