This post was a long time in coming; I received the sauce a week ago, but I wanted to use it a few times before I posted about it. So, this is the official Country (-ountry, -ountry, -ountry) Bob's (-ob's, -ob's, -ob's) Mega (-ega, -ega, -ega) Post (-ost, -ost, -ost). (BlessedMama: I couldn't resist :D
Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce:
The sauce is made from tomato paste, molasses, and tamarind pulp and a blend of onion, garlic and other spices. It makes a sweet, deep, slightly tangy condiment for savory dishes.
The first thing we tried it with was some panko-breaded seitan and shredded cabbage:
A a squeeze of fresh lemon, some Country Bob's, and some daikon radish on the side, made this really tasty, crispy, and satisfying.
Here's the seitan recipe I made:
1.5 cups Vital Wheat Gluten + 2 Tbs chickpea flour
1/4 tsp Garlic Granules (or to taste)
1/4 tsp Onion Powder (or to taste)
2 sprigs fresh thyme, removed from woody stem
1 cup Seitenbacher veggie broth (or 1 cup no-salt veggie broth + 1/4 cup nutritional yeast)
1 cup cooked white beans, like cannelini
1 Tbs Soy Sauce or Bragg's Aminos
1 Tbs Vegan Worchestershire Sauce
Combine the wheat gluten, onion powder, garlic powder and thyme in a large bowl. Pulse the beans in a food processor so they're finely chopped, or coursely mash them with a fork or potato masher, and add to the mixture. Pour in veggie broth/nut yeast, soy sauce, and worchestershire sauce and mix to combine.
Shape the seitan into a large roll, wrap tightly in tin foil and steam for 1 - 1.5 hours, turning occasionally until it feels firm to the touch.
Allow the seitan roll to cool and cut into 1/2-inch cutlets. I cut mine length-wise, and I got 4, 6-inch peices.
For the Panko Breading
Combine 1 Tbs egg replacer ( I used Ener-G brand) and 1/3 cup non-dairy milk and whisk until smooth and frothy. (You may have to add a little more liquid to adjust the consistency; it should be loose enough to dip in, but thick enough to stick to the seitan.) Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and garlic powder to taste and whisk. You'll need about 1 - 2 cups of panko bread crumbs, depending on how many cutlets you have.
Dip the seitan in the egg replacer mixture and then dredge in the panko crumbs unitl coated, then repeat the process, so the cutlets are dipped and coated twice.
Heat about 3/4-inch of high-heat oil in a pan over medium-high until some crumbs dropped in sizzle upon hitting the surface and fry the seitan until golden brown, ~ 1 minute on each side.
This seitan also went well with some steamed cabbage, mashed potato with spring onion, and cooked apple. I made this last week, but come to think of it, this would be a fab St. Paddy's Day meal...we may just have this again tomorrow:
The third time we broke out the Country Bob's with was some of Melody of MeloMeals blog 3-ingredient veggie burgers on rosemary focaccia with two-bean chili and homemade oven fries (the chili is underneath the burger):
I can't say enough good things about these burgers. The three ingredients are rolled oats, hot cooked beans, and onion soup mix. The beans have to be hot, so the oatmeal plumps up as the beans are mashed in and the mixture binds. I didn't have any onion soup mix, so I made up my own spice profile with garlic powder, onion powder, some oregano, etc. The possibilities are endless with these I think; you could add in any spice combo for different flavors: curry, southwestern flavors etc. I could also see adding in finely chopped veggies, sun dried tomatoes, or other additional goodies.
So, if you're on the lookout for a good veggie burger, head over to Melody's blog, because I highly recommend these. In fact, all her recipes are wonderful in my opinion.
Speaking of which, here's another one of Melody's recipes: Lentil Loaf, (of course adorned with CB's sauce):
I had some leftover brown rice pilaf and braised lentils and decided a lentil loaf would be good way to use them up. This loaf is super tasty. I added a little horseradish to the loaf mix too, which was good. Melody's recipe calls for a cranberry glaze, but I didn't have any cranberries on hand, so used some Spicy Garlic Apple Jam for the glaze.
These Country Bob meals have been the dinner highlights of the past 7 days or so. Outside of that, we've been eating mostly beans and salad, which is good, but not necessarily that exciting to blog about.
Thanks again to Michelle for hosting the giveaway and for the yummy sauce!
And, Happy Paddy's Day to everyone!