Chickpea Cutlets ( from veganomicon)

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 15 | Cook Time 14

Why I Love This Recipe

One of my favorite recipes out of the book veganomicon, You can adapt it too, change the vital wheat gluten to spelt flour ( you will have to knead longer) also use your favorite stuffing mix in replace of the bread crumbs ( I love panko flakes myself) These taste like chicken sandwiches, the fried kind for some reason. My son loves them on a toasted bun with ketchup.

Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup cooked chickpeas

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup vital wheat gluten

1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp Hungarian paprika

1/4 tsp dried rubbed sage

olive oil for frying


In a mixing bowl, mash the chickpeas together with the oil until no whole chickpeas are left. Add the remaining ingredients and knead for about 3 minutes, until strings of gluten have formed.

Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, divide the cutlet dough into four equal parts. To form the cutlets, knead each piece in your hand for a few moments and then flatten and stretch each one into a roughly 6x4 inch rectangular cutlet shape... The easiest way to do this is to first form the cutlets in your hand and then place the cutlets on a clean surface to flatten and stretch them.

Add a moderately thin layer of oil to the bottom of the pan. Place the cutlets in the pan and on each side for 6-7 minutes. Add more oil, if needed, when you flip the cutlets. They're ready when lightly browned and firm to the touch.

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