As French MPs say 'non' to 'sans viande' and ban the use of meat terms such as 'sausage' for vegan produce, Inapub celebrates the best meat-substitute dishes for your pubs.
The vegan or vegetarian sausage is now something of a staple for those that follow this diet. Often using mushroom and tomato paste as a base, it is normally mixed with a heavily spiced mix of mixed herbs, garlic, salt & pepper to give it a deep, satisfying flavour.
Another popular choice, which when added with vegan chips, is as close to a perfect pub dish as you can get. Use corn-based pasta and oyster mushrooms to avoid the patty becoming too wet, and achieving that tough ‘steak-like’ texture.
Again, like with vegan sausages, it is all about the spice mix, so don’t hold back, and add numerous flavours including paprika, onion, garlic, pepper, mustard powder, and a vegan barbeque sauce mix.
The bosses of Swedish meatballs, IKEA, have a vegan friendly vegan meatball range that is worth checking out to understand just how tasty this dish can be.
Vegan meatballs can be created using chickpeas, nuts, oats, brown rice with spices and herbs including onion, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and tomato paste. Mix it all together and slam it in a frying pan. Job done.
Vegan chicken curry
It’s all about the tofu when it comes to vegan chicken. In order to turn ordinary tofu into an exciting curry dish, simply do what you would do with meat, and add coconut, ginger, and Asian spice mixes.
But how do you get tofu to resemble chicken? First, dry it out to make it crumbly and more of a chicken texture. Also, battering it with tempura or other seasonings can mimic the chicken mouthfeel. Additionally, if ground up, it can feel and taste similar to grainy chicken when mixed with noodles or rice.
Vegan roast dinner
This dish focuses on a lentil or nut roast loaf accompanied with all the trimmings. Cauliflower, roast potatoes, carrots and other veggies are a perfect side accompaniment.
Simply whack together some lentils and other cooking grains with herbs, garlic & onion, and nutritional yeast to make the loaf. A great option to serve next to the meat eaters on a Sunday lunch menu.