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The first time I made these, they turned out very chewy. I almost couldn't eat them at all, especially not the leftovers. When I made them again, I used 1/4 cup of vwg and 1/4 cup of chickpea flour instead of just vwg. Terrific! Almost like schnitzel!
Wonderful recipe! I actually have the cookbook Veganomicon, and have made this recipe more times than I can actually count. Recently, I used a "chicken" flavored vegan broth in place of veggie (YUM). Instead of mashing the chickpeas by hand, I've been pulsing them in my food processor. I find they come out much more even that way. I also now use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook to knead the dough and liquid for the FULL 3 minutes, and I REALLY like how the texture comes out, and it saves my wrists from tiring out too quickly...
I love these! I made a batch today, baked half, fried half, then tried grilling both. I found baking (375* for 20 min, flip and bake 8-10 min longer) gave them a less chewy feel. More toothsome. And grilling was the perfect way to top them off. I put a bunch in the freezer and will toss them on the grill later for easy dinner one night in the future when I'm running late. Yummy! Try making them both ways, you won't be disappointed. Also, I add 1t liquid smoke to the liquid part. Adds just a little something. :)
I loved the flavor of these chickpea cutlets, but I'm giving the recipe 4 stars because the texture needs some help. They are way too chewy. The sensation is like attempting to chew up bubble gum (only less so). I think that cutting the Vital Wheat Gluten in half as poster Lovaskon suggested would be waaay better. Also keep in mind that these are meant to be rolled thin like schnitzel. They roll very easy so this isn't a problem. Visit theppk.com site for more details on how they should look. I served mine with Golden Gravy a Celeriac/Potato Mash, and Balsamic Roast Mushrooms . Other than the texture of the cutlets, my meal was fantastic. I will definitely be making these again only adjusting the amount of VWG I use downward. Thanks!
I've made these twice and the modifications I used the 2nd time made it a lot better. First off, make sure the chickpeas are completely mashed, the texture is better that way. I used Braggs instead of soy sauce, no zest or garlic cloves, and I replaced the spices. This is what I used: garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dried mustard, white pepper, thyme, and Old Bay. It gave it a Cajun flavor and it was delicious! Make sure you serve these with gravy, they're pretty dry otherwise.
There were things I really liked about this recipe and others not so much. I loved the flavor, but mine turned out very salty. I would rinse the chickpeas and use less soy sauce. I'll have to tinker to get the texture to work but it seemed to improved as they cooled. I'm looking forward to trying the leftovers as a sandwich filling. Thanks for posting.
These were rally good. I followed the advise and only used 1/4 cup of vwg and 1/4 cup of wheat flour. Changed some of the seasoning to what I like. Will make again. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
These were pretty good. We are trying to eat meatless mostly but i hate how much sodium is in all the commercial products like these. These were a little chewy but mostly yummy, easy, and inexpensive...and fills the dinner plate just like a meat would. Thanks for the great recipe emily.soulliere...
After I found this recipe in Veganomicon, this has been a huge hit in my house! I make double batches and freeze what I'm not using that day. (You can find a 'Doublebatch Chickpea Cutlets' recipe on Isa's Post Punk Kitchen site, which is what I follow. No lemon zest) They freeze perfectly and thaw quickly! We eat these in everything from burgers, chop them up and tuck them in wraps, top some homemade fettuccine alfredo, chop them up and fry them with some veggies and throw them in some quesadillas... these can go anywhere (and do if you live in my family! lol). I cook mine on my giant non-stick griddle instead of pan frying. Make sure you keep pressing them down when cooking. That really keeps them from getting too fat (and thus too gummy inside). So far I've been a seitan failure but these come out perfect every time :)