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Emily Henley

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   Jackfruit is a sweet Asian fruit that is a vegan’s best friend when it comes to finding a whole food meat substitute.The jackfruit tree is well suited to tropical lowlands, and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, reaching as much as 35 kg. Jackfruit is known to “emit a strong aroma,” with the inside of the fruit described as smelling of pineapple and banana.The sweet taste can be easily covered up by coating the fruit in savory sauces and spices such as barbecue, sriracha, onion powder, and Paprika and sauteing it in a frying pan with little to no water. Emily’s mother asked her if she was sure that she was cooking fruit and not meat. As long as the fruit is fully covered in sauce, one may be able to “fool” meat eaters at the next BBQ. Jackfruit “meat” can be used as a substitute for beef or soy taco meat, or BBQ pulled pork.

Recipe:

Spicy Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½-1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • Small handful cilantro, finely chopped
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Pinch salt

Lime Crema Sauce

  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed well
  • 2-3 tbsp cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ -1 lime juiced, to taste

Corn Tortillas

Jackfruit Pulled Pork

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Better than Bouillon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 can of Jackfruit in water, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ – 1 cup water
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped

Instructions

Jackfruit Pulled Pork

  1. In a large freezer bag add coconut oil, paprika, chili powder, tamari, and maple syrup and mix well.
  2. Add jackfruit to the marinade and allow to marinate for a minimum of 2 hours either on the counter or if marinating overnight, place in the fridge.
  3. While you are waiting for the jackfruit to marinade, you can make the Salsa and the Lime Crema.
  4. When the jackfruit has marinated and is ready to go, place a pan on medium heat, and heat some coconut oil.
  5. When your oil is hot, add onion and garlic to the pan. Cook and mix until onions are clear.
  6. Add bouillon and chipotle peppers and mix until all onions are covered in the bouillon (about 2 mins).
  7. Add jackfruit, mix well, and bring to a simmer for about 20 mins, covering halfway through to avoid drying out the meat.
  8. after 20 mins, break up the jackfruit using a masher or a fork, and reduce heat even more.
  9. Cover and continue to cook on low for another 15-20 minutes, stirring often to break up large pieces of jackfruit.
  10. Cook until all liquid has evaporated.

Spicy Mango Salsa

  1. Combine mango, onion, and cilantro in a medium size bowl and mix well. Add jalapeño peppers and lime juice to taste, with a sprinkle of salt. Mix well.

Lime Crema Sauce

  1. Drain and rinse your cashew really, really well!
  2. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Slowly add more lime juice to taste, and water until desired consistency is reached.

Build Your Jackfruit tacos, and serve with a wedge of lime for garnish.

 

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