While wandering around my local Asian market the other day, I came across a can of jackfruit. I have heard many people rave and rant over how great jackfruit is, but I had never tried it.
Although skeptical, I decided to buy some. I heard that when cooked it resembled pulled pork, so I decided to put the statement to the test and make some for myself.
I created my own barbecue sauce and simmered the fruit until- much to my surprise- it did start to look like pork!
The results are not going to be like a traditional mock meat, but they are great nonetheless. My variation is sweet and tender, not to mention delicious.
I had no expectations going into this venture, but I have to say that jackfruit will be a staple in my pantry from now on.
|Note: Nutrition facts do not include bread|
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbs. brown sugar
- Sprinkle of salt
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 1 can (16-20 oz.) jackfruit
- Spray sauce pan with non-stick cooking spray and set to medium heat
- Saute onions along with 1 tbs. water until slightly caramelized
- Combine tomato paste, vinegar, remaining water, and spices
- Mix well and add to sauce pan
- Shred jackfruit as much as possible with a fork and then add it to the pan
- Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes
- Stir and continue to shred jackfruit every 15 minutes
- Eventually the pieces will pull apart easily, leaving you with barbecue "shreds"
- Serve as you please*
*You can enjoy this pork in a variety of ways. I ate mine as a sandwich, but don't be afraid to try something different!
Some ideas are: filling for an Asian lettuce wrap, pizza topping, meat replacement for vegan Brunswick stew...
What else can you think of?