I’d made chickpea cutlets from Veganomicon before, and although I enjoyed them I didn’t think they were quite as fantastic as the rest of the vegan world seems sure they are. But I always planned to try them again, so when Friday dawned cold, dark and damp, and my husband declared a longing for mashed potatoes, I decided to go for it.
One of the problems I had last time was that I couldn’t seem to get the cutlets flat but I had no problems with that this time. I think that wheat gluten has a bit of a mind of its own and I’m certainly more used to it now than I was last time, so maybe that was one of the improvements. I also decided to bake 2 and fry 2 so that we could do a direct comparison – the internet world seems to be split down the middle.
I marginally preferred the baked and my husband marginally preferred the fried but both versions were infinitely better than my first attempt and I am beginning now to see what all the fuss is about. They’re such an easy centrepiece to knock up, and from reading various blog posts and forum discussions people are varying the spices, throwing them in sandwiches, serving with salsa, BBQ sauce, and almost anything else you can imagine!
I served them with mashed potatoes, spinach and a slightly tweaked version of the mustard sauce I used from Veganomicon last time. I used less mustard and less wine, and generally messed about with the flavourings until I got a taste I liked, and it was really tasty.
Sometimes I make a recipe and think it is fantastic then am disappointed the second time I make it. Fortunately this time it was the other way round and it just proves that you should never give up on a recipe after just one attempt! And even the photo is better!