Hi beautiful people, I know I know, I've been away a while. A lot has been happening this past year, I mean apart from a Pandemic, Elections, a whole Master's program and well 2020 in general. But enough of that. I wanted to share something with you that I made for lunch today. Barbecue Jackfruit, pulled pork style.
Before I launch into this (I apologize, I know I hate it when these things go on and you have to scroll three pages before a hint of the food), I just want to say, can we please stop policing how and what people eat. Yes yes we want people to be healthy, but y'all gotta leave folks alone, free will and what not. If you don't ask a person who has cut sugar out of their diet why they're using maple syrup, agave, or any alternative sweetener, then stop asking people who don't eat meat why they eat things that look like meat. Cutting something from your diet doesn't automatically mean the person doesn't like it, just that they have decided not to eat it. That's it. Now I know for me, sometimes the smell of cooking meat makes me a bit queasy, but it has been years since I've not eaten meat (I eat fish, I'm not a vegan), I do miss a good curry goat, but it's not like I'm crying over it in bed at night, and wanting to go get some. I'm really not bothered by it, and I can acknowledge that someone's meat dish looks and smells great and still not want to eat it. The same way I can find people attractive but not want to date them.
Ok *steps off soapbox*
So today I made this bbq jackfruit. I've never had the fresh stuff, but I have access to TJ's canned product so I just get that. I am not fond of the texture of the little seed pods and harder meat, so unless I'm making a "roast beef/beef stew" style dish, I discard all those things. The texture is like beef, so it lends itself to certain types of dishes.
This is where you get creative, make your own sauce, or use your favorite brand, add spices and seasonings that suit you. I season jackfruit with green seasoning, and today added, smoked paprika, a dash of cinnamon, garlic powder, a little sugar, salt and some of TJ's "umami" bland, which is a combination of a variety of ground mushrooms.
There are a few ways you can do this, one is to sweat the garlic, onions and spices off on the stove top then add in the jackfruit and sauce. If like me you have a limited number of pots and you have other things to cook, you mix the spices, onion, jackfruit and sauce in a bowl, transfer to a baking tray, stick it in the oven (400 degrees) until it's a bit dry and you have some crisp edges, then remove and add more sauce. That's it. You can use this in sandwiches, wraps, make fajitas, or just eat it with some coleslaw and rice like I did.