One of the most exciting aspects when it comes to a plant-based diet is trying new food! As it gets warmer, outdoor party season is upon us and you want to bring back some of your favorite treats, vegan style! For all of your pulled pork recipes, jackfruit actually makes one heck of a substitute! Jackfruit is a large fruit indigenous to tropical regions in Asia. When fully ripened, it has a pale to deep yellow color and the taste is comparable to mango or even bubblegum. However, when not ripe, it’s easily shreddable, not sweet, and its texture is comparable to shredded meat. It’s also a great source of dietary fiber. You can either buy young jackfruit when it’s still green, or you can now buy it in a can in the grocery store!
If you’re looking to break into the world of jackfruit, you have to try this effortless recipe for Smoky Mango Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches! Gabrielle St. Claire, the blogger behind Eat Drink Shrink, shows you how to take young jackfruit and turn it into a shredded, smoky pile of deliciousness. These sandwiches are bursting with lightly sweet, slightly spicy flavor and perfectly paired with fresh, crunchy jalapeño slaw. While the jackfruit cooks, the sauce caramelizes slightly, turning a deep brown color, and adding a touch of more sweetness to the dish.
Sarah Pether of Soy Division truly does something magical with jackfruit by frying it to tender, meaty perfection. The stringy texture of young jackfruit lends itself perfectly to emulating pulled pork or chicken recipes. In this Jackfruit Fried Chicken recipe, the jackfruit is marinated in a creamy soy milk marinade, battered in zesty breadcrumbs, and fried to perfection. Enjoy these with your favorite vegan mayonnaise or ranch dip.
Food blogger and Chef Mark Reinfield knows how to throw a party. Look no further for a party dish that always delivers, especially when your guests are ravished with hunger. Jackfruit brings this Loaded BBQ and Potato Cheese Nachos recipe to the next level. It’s loaded with flavors and plant-based nutritional goodness! You can save time by using store-bought vegan cheese sauce and BBQ jackfruit or simply make them in advance.
Who would’ve thought that you could take a fruit and make it taste like bacon? Well, with jackfruit, Jasmine Briones of Sweet Simple Vegan shows you how it’s possible! This tender, fleshy fruit soaks up flavors wonderfully, so when marinated in a smoky, pepper-maple mixture, it tastes just like the meaty favorite. Use this bacon on top of salads and baked potatoes or as a breakfast side dish.
Grilling vegetables are always fun and delicious, but jackfruit also makes an excellent grilling ingredient. Anja Cass, the food blogger behind Cooking With Plants shows you how easy it is with these Jackfruit Satay Skewers. Marinated with garlic, lemongrass, and coconut sugar, the jackfruit soaks up the flavor. Then it’s served with spicy peanut satay sauce! How delicious does that sound? Pretty delicious, if you ask us.
To get you started with exploring this unique fruit and adding it to your repertoire, check out how to make BBQ Sauce In 7 Ingredients Or Less. While you’re at it, get some inspiration from the Food Monster App! With over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, you’ll always have something delicious and new to try. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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