This looks like a lot of ingredients, but it's really not that daunting. The main reason for the long list is I did this recipe gluten free and dairy free. So it is vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. If you're not dairy-free or vegan, feel free to sub in real sour cream and cheese. These cutlets look like they'd be fantastic all on they're own, but I wanted to do them for Taco Tuesday, so I'm making mine into strips and making chimichangas. Yum.
This is really super easy and the prep time is quick. You can even do it in your food processor if you don't want to use elbow grease and a potato masher. After that, plop it in the crockpot and you can serve burritos buffet style like tacos. Or, you can go the extra step and roll them up and top the "burritos" with sauce, bake them and call them baked chimichangas. (An ode to my hatred of frying, again.) You're welcome to fry yours, if you're not frying-inept like me.
Makes 4 Cutlets or 8-10 Strips
1 C cooked chickpeas
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 C vital wheat gluten (I'm subbing mashed potato flakes for a Gluten Free & in my pantry version)
1/2 C plain breadcrumbs (crumbs from GF bread if you're doing the GF version)
1/4 C vegetable broth or 1/4 C water
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 garlic cloves (pressed or grated)
1/2 tsp. lemon zest (optional)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. Hungarian paprika (smoked paprika)
1/4 tsp. dried rubbed sage
olive oil for lining crockpot
2-3 Tbsp. Taco seasoning
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1-2 Tbsp. canola or olive oil
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. sweetener
Mash the chickpeas and oil together until no whole chickpeas remain.
Add remaining ingredients and knead for 3 minutes until strings of gluten have formed. Or until your patties are sticky enough to form into wads.
For cutlets, divide dough into four equal pieces. Flatten each piece and stretch to roughly 4x6 inches.
For strips, divide into 8-10 equal pieces (about 2x3 inches).
Put about 2 Tbsp. of olive oil into the bottom of your crockpot stoneware insert. Dip each side of your cutlets or strips into the olive oil and then place into your crockpot. Tip: If needed, place foil layers sprayed with non-stick spray between layers of cutlets/strips. This will depend on your crockpot's size. I recommend lining the bottom of the crockpot with foil, after making them. The ones just in the crockpot bottom (I made a double recipe in my 6-quart), got a little mushed up.
Cook on high for 2-5 hours. The chickpea delights are done when they turn brownish-golden. You can flip them halfway through the cooking time, but they will brown on top even without flipping. Be sure to check them every hour after 2 hours as they can easily burn. If necessary, remove lid for 15 minutes to dry out cutlets at end of cook time.
*You can also bake them. Preheat oven to 375 and lightly oil a baking sheet. Brush both sides of each patty with olive oil, place on baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. Flip patties and bake another 8-10 minutes till firm and golden brown.
These cutlets are so delicious to me. It's like a sort of Americanized falafel patty (the spices are totally different). I love it. And the chimichangas. Wow. So good. I even loved the vegan sour cream, which I thought might be totally weird. I tried them in both non-baked burrito-style and the complete baked chimichanga version and loved both.
The crockpot experiment was not a total success. The bottom layer strips and cutlets (I made a double recipe) were a bit burnt on the edges and the top layer was a bit soft. They all tasted great, even the burnt parts, they were just a little crunchy really. But, if you're going to try the crockpot way I suggest checking your cutlets frequently after the first 2 hours to check for burning; placing foil under each layer; and removing the lid for the final 15 minutes of baking to allow the cutlets to fully dry out and crisp up. As I was making mine for chimichangas, it worked out great and didn't matter a bit that some of the strips fell apart. But, for cutlets, it might be annoying.
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