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Pulled 'pork' Jackfruit with Fresh & Crunchy Apple & Cabbage Slaw -


It's National Vegetarian Week in the UK!  
I'm kicking it off with Sage & Apple 'pulled pork' Jackfruit.  Great BBQ food for our 'great' British Summer.  Did I say great?  I meant grey.  I should have said grey. It's just..grey (So far anyway).  BUT, I'm ever the optimist.  Anyway, this dish doesn't need sun.  It does beg to be shared.  

Please, carnivore BBQ'rs.  No more bland freezer veggie burgers!  Serve this to your veggie friends.  The meat eaters will no doubt want some, so make extra.  I want to show you that  plant based food is delicious AND easy.  The bonus is it is very low fat, low carb and is a good choice for protein.






































What you will need

1 tin young green jackfruit, in brine (buy from Asian stores or online).
1 diced onion
1 apple chopped into 8 pieces (1/2..1/2 again, 1/2 again)
1/4 cup water
2 large cloves minced garlic
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tbs sage (or 1 tsp chopped fresh sage)
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
olive oil for frying



Step 1
Put a small amount of oil in a heavy bottomed pan.  Add the onions and sprinkle over the salt.  Mix.  Add a lid and gently sauté until soft.

Step 2
Open the jackfruit can and drain the contents.  The chunks are in triangular pieces.  Cut off the bottom V where the core attaches to the outer.  This will allow the pieces to stew and take on the look of pulled pork (but do put all the pieces in the pan).  

Step 3
Add the jackfruit.  The chopped apple and herbs to the onions.  Add the water.  Stir and keep the heat on a low simmer, without the lid,  for 20 minutes.    Then turn off the heat.   Allow the stew to cool a little.  It is best to leave over night, for jackfruit to take on the fullest flavour.  But, don't worry if you can't.  


Now, you can stop there.  The stew is lovely with creamy mashed potato, and/or sautéed french beans.  But, if you want a more intense flavour more akin to something you'd find in a bun then lets continue.  Turn on the oven.  250 c or Gas mark 8.


Step 4 (optional)
This step is to bake most of the water out of the stew and make it dryer.  Intensifying the flavour.  At this point you can add a chilli sauce and 1 tbs extra of balsamic vinegar or tamari.  Or your favourite BBQ sauce, if you like that sweet, caramel, salty and hot flavour.
Take a high sided baking sheet.  Gently transfer the stew to the baking sheet and spread it out.  Bake for 20-30 mins.  Keep a watch on it though.  Move the stew around with a spoon,  and make sure it all gets its time at the top.  It will dehydrate.  Keep tasting it and see what level of dryness you want to take it.  It will also get more chewy.  More like jerky.

Serve with an apple, cabbage coleslaw.  Throw on some chopped green/salad/ onions (scallions). Some rocket (arugula) and fresh herbs from your garden.  






What are you doing for National Vegetarian Week?  Don't be shy, let us know in the comments below.  
If you need some ideas, here is a list of events from the Vegetarian Society UK.

10 Comments:

Erin 21 May 2013 11:54   Best Blogger Tips

Oh man, this just looks heavenly!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your comment about snicker doodle made me laugh. No, they don't crumble. They are moist and amazing! I'd love to hear how your version turns out. We're limiting our gluten right now so I'm trying to find some good recipes (that still taste good.) I hope you try it!

Marcia 21 May 2013 12:31   Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for this lovely recipe! I have yet to find Jackfruit here in Las Vegas (Nevada), but also didn't realize I could get it at an Asian market and in a can no less! Brilliant! Found out about you from Susan Voison's blog: FatFreeVegan.com. One of the folks that left a comment posted your website - voila! Lucky me! Is it possible to subscribe to your blog also?

Thanks so much,
Marcia

Marcia 21 May 2013 12:32   Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for this lovely recipe! I have yet to find Jackfruit here in Las Vegas (Nevada), but also didn't realize I could get it at an Asian market and in a can no less! Brilliant! Found out about you from Susan Voison's blog: FatFreeVegan.com. One of the folks that left a comment posted your website - voila! Lucky me! Is it possible to subscribe to your blog also?

Thanks so much,
Marcia

Marcia 21 May 2013 12:32   Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for this lovely recipe! I have yet to find Jackfruit here in Las Vegas (Nevada), but also didn't realize I could get it at an Asian market and in a can no less! Brilliant! Found out about you from Susan Voison's blog: FatFreeVegan.com. One of the folks that left a comment posted your website - voila! Lucky me! Is it possible to subscribe to your blog also?

Thanks so much,
Marcia

india leigh 21 May 2013 13:25   Best Blogger Tips

Hi Marcia,

Oh, thanks so much! I hope you can find some in the Asian store. Or online. I've had the jackfruit in tacos also. Yum! Yes, please do subscribe to my blog. If you go to the homepage. On the right hand side there is a tab… sign up for emails (or words to that effect). Please, please do come back and let me know how you get on!

India Leigh x

Sheila Tajima 21 May 2013 13:30   Best Blogger Tips

this looks fabulous! I love how you were able to get the carmelization to make it look like authentic BBQ. I saw Susan Voison use jackfruit in a recipe but it was only after seeing your post that compelled me put it on my shopping list to try some. Oh, and Congrats on getting over 200K followers!!! Keep up your amazing work lovely lady!

luminousvegans 21 May 2013 15:41   Best Blogger Tips

This sounds so delicious and looks amazing!

india leigh 22 May 2013 01:54   Best Blogger Tips

@Sheila Tajima

Thank you Sheila! Come back and let us know how it turns out for you! x

india leigh 22 May 2013 01:55   Best Blogger Tips

@luminousvegans

Hey Luminousvegans! (great name), thanks for stopping by. I hope you give the recipe a try.

Laura Turnbull 27 June 2013 04:17   Best Blogger Tips

Do you buy your jackfruit online? If so where from? I've been looking into getting some for a while but don't know where to get it!

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