I took the plunge. I finally decided to make the famous (infamous?) Chickpea Cutlets from Veganomicon. I’ve made a few “Post Punk Kitchen” recipes and been really pleased – and everyone raves about these cutlets, so I figured I should give them a shot. I purchased vital wheat gluten (Bob’s Red Mill) a little over a week ago in anticipation. Not to mention that 3 weeks ago my local grocery had canned chickpeas on sale and I purchased 8 cans.
I think this recipe is really quite simple and I guarantee that you’ll be happy with the results. For once, I didn’t change a thing!
Now If you think you’re in for something that tastes like mashed chickpeas, think again. These cutlets have a terrific, subtle flavor and a meat-like, chewy consistency with a crispy outside…a perfect, healthy substitue for breaded chicken in parmesan or anything else you can think of. Trust me – double the batch and make 8 cutlets – you’ll thank yourself.
Veganomicon Chickpea Cutlets
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas (I used canned, warmed in the microwave)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten (gotta have it)
- 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs (I used Ezekiel bread chopped in my food processor)
- 1/4 cup vegetable stock or water (I used water)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (I used low sodium)
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp dried tyhme
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp dried sage
- olive oil for panfrying
- Mash the chickpeas and oil together until no whole chickpeas remain.
- Add remaining ingredients and knead for 3 minutes until strings of gluten have formed. (I took off my rings and kneaded the mixture in the bowl – sure enough, it started to get stringy!)
- Preheat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Flatten each piece in your palms, then stretch to roughly 4″ x 6″
- Add a thin layer of olive oil to to the pan. Place cutlets in the pan and cook on each side for 6 to 7 minute They are ready when lightly brown and firm to the touch.
- (If you prefer baking: Preheat oven to 375°F, and lightly oil baking sheet. Brush both sides of each patty with olive oil, place on baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. Flip patties and bake another 8 to 10 minutes until firm and golden brown.)