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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

Ingredients

  • 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
Preparation
  • 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.)

Now i know what all the fuss is about!
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