Thursday, December 11, 2008

Beer Battered Jackfruit Taccos

I don't fry food too often.  I might pan fry some tofu occasionally or make some fried okra in the summer, but I don't deep fry things unless I have a really good reason (Like Sarah's fried foods game night with fried cheeze and corndogs!)

This was a good reason, though.  For about 3 weeks I've been trying to figure out how I wanted to make something like a fish taco.  The Baja Tempeh tacos in Veganomicon sound really good, but I wanted a fishier filling and I wanted to involve beer batter and lime juice.  So I dug out the can of jackfruit from my cupboard, simmered it in lime juice, beer, kelp, and spices and then coated it in a wheat free beer batter and fried it up. This picture is bad, but you get the idea.  Lots of fried jackfruit.  
My whole house smells like beer and oil.  And I like it.

Next I toasted up some hard taco shells and topped the fried jackfruit "fish" with creamy coleslaw and served it with guacamole on the side ... because this meal needed a little more fat. 

I want to tweek the recipe just slightly before sharing, but I'll post it someday.

I'll make something else with beer soon because my one bottle of locally brewed beer didn't meet the minimum credit card requirement at the liquor store across from my yoga class.  So I was practically forced to buy 2 bottles.  

The recipe for my coleslaw dressing is here.  Mom- I think this will look pretty familiar except for a few veganizing substitutions.

8 comments:

Vegetation said...

Mmmm intriguing! I'd love a soy free "fish" (even if I have to fry it!)

allularpunk said...

ha! practically forced. teehee.

i've never tried jackfruit (never seen it anywhere around here...like, ever in my life) but i've heard interesting (and mostly good) things about it. i, too, and fry-phobic for the most part, but will on occasion fry the life out of something if necessary. and with supervision, because without it i end up either a) covered in ouchy oil splatters or b) smoking out the house or c) both.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

WHOA! I think my husband would love that.

Liz² said...

omg beer-battered jackfruit, that's genius! How was the texture inside?

Catherine said...

Thanks for linking your coleslaw recipe! I can't wait to try it. :)

aTxVegn said...

What a great idea! It looks wonderful.

Lily Girl said...

One more reason to mourn the fact that I can not find jackfruit in water anywhere. Such a bummer! Yours looks like deep-fried deliciousness!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh man that looks good. And I don't even like beer...