I never fake it

7 Nov

BEFORE we get to the fake meat, two things:
1) Last night was a veritable orgy of my pie, wine, friendship and massive celebration at City Sip as we watched Obama win! I am so happy that we get him for the next four years.
2) I am excited to share that I was featured on a vegan blog. Shin’s Vegan Lovin’ is friggin’ adorable. Her vegan bento boxes will make you swoon. Not faint. Swoon. Her post featuring moi is found here.
So in honor of her, and her delightful vegan eats

I am faking it for the day.
I normally never fake it.
I’m not a giant fan of fake meat. Take that to mean what you will.
However! Once in a blue moon I am intrigued by a meaty recipe and use a meat substitute, in this case Lightlife’s Gimme Lean Ground Beef Style.

The recipe by is by Cook’s Illustrated. They have their shiz-nit together and this recipe was delightful, even after I wrestled it into vegan submission.
I am clearly a top in the kitchen.
These meatball-burger-meatloaf-esque patties had a nice balance of taste and texture.
The crusty exterior played nicely off soft toothsome interior. Oh yes.

Kotlety (adapted from Cook’s Country Best Lost Suppers

1 c. Chopped onion
3/4 package of gimme lean (equivalent to one pound of ground beef)
1 tsp. minced garlic
3 pieces of bread, turned to crumbs
2 Tbsp. almond milk
1 egg, beat to blend (or add in about a tablespoon of flaxseed, ground, soaked in a few tablespoons of H2O to make this vegan)
1/3 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Sauté the onion over medium heat until soft, add garlic and cook about half a minute longer. Put in a bowl.
Mix with half the bread crumbs and milk til mushed up. Add everything else except the bread. Mix t up. Make patties 2 1/4 inches wide and 3/4 inches thick. Roll in the rest of the crumbs. Spray a pan and sauté. Until they seem done to you. Woot! Teach that soy sub a lesson It os ok to occasionally fake it in the meat department, and be genuine everywhere else. Words of wisdom.

4 Responses to “I never fake it”

  1. Nadiya November 8, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Woa! Kotlety is a Russian dish and my grandma makes it all the time! Except I rarely eat them because who likes fried red meat on the daily basis 0.0 This is definitely a healthier alternative but then I’m not too big on fake meat as well. Oooh! How did things go at the pie competition?

    • Ellen November 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      Hehe, yeah I bypassed the deep fry in the original recipe! The latest pie thing wasn’t actually a competition. City Sip is my favorite wine bar and I told them they should have pie on the menu, and after they did some tasting of my wares they decided to put them on the menu for November at least, so Tuesday night was the first evening for pie on the menu. It went pretty well! People who ordered pie seemed to enjoy it, of course the main focus of the evening was the election and I think everyone there was for Obama so everybody was happy! Thanks for asking:)

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Sabrina Bolin (@MyMiBoSo) November 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    How exciting to see your guest posts all over the interwebs! And I’m still excited to hear that you have pie at City Sip – I feel like I know a celebrity!

    • Ellen November 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Hehe, fame from the pie world will translate into the acting world, right?;)

      Sent from my iPhone

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