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Jackfruit Crabless Cakes

When I started my Instagram account almost two years ago, it was to share the photos of recipes I made from the book But I Could Never Go Vegan!  I really love the concept of the book: each chapter is a common excuse for not going vegan, and the recipes are delicious solutions for each excuse.  So it was a pleasure to feature the sequel, But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!, in the #vegancookalong that I participate in on Instagram. 

Here is a summary of the recipes that I made.  We also are delighted to share the Jackfruit Crabless Cakes with Lemon Dill Aïoli recipe from the book!  Jackfruit is so versatile, and this is a wonderful savory recipe that you’ll surely love, whether you miss seafood or not.  

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Jackfruit Crabless Cakes with Lemon Dill Aïoli

Serves 3 or 4 // Prep Time: 15 minutes (not including time to cook brown rice) // Active Time: 20 minutes

You know those nights when you crave something a little greasy, quickly? Don’t settle for some third-rate drive-thru or restaurant—treat yourself to something delicious and, I dare say, gourmet and that comes together with very little effort! These jackfruit-based crabless cakes are ridiculously tasty and will have you wiping your (slightly) greasy fingers on your jeans in just 30 minutes. If you want to go a healthier route, you can always bake these guys (see Variations), and if seafood isn’t your thing, leave out the Old Bay Seasoning and kelp granules.

 

Ingredients

  • One 20-ounce (565 g) can jackfruit, thoroughly rinsed and drained
  • 1½ cups (265 g) cooked cannellini beans (or one 15-ounce/425 g) can, rinsed and drained)
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped (green and white parts), plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup (160 g) cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour, plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon vegan mayonnaise (soy-free if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons liquid aminos (or gluten-free tamari; use coconut aminos to be soy-free)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon kelp granules
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Sunflower oil (or canola oil) for frying

Lemon Dill Aïoli

  • ¾ cup (165 g) vegan mayonnaise (soy-free if necessary)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt to taste
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Place the jackfruit in a food processor and pulse about five times, until broken up into smaller pieces.
  3. Pour the beans into a bowl and use a potato masher to mash them until creamy but still chunky. Add the jackfruit, green onions, brown rice, chickpea flour, mayonnaise, Old Bay, liquid aminos, parsley, kelp granules, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and stir together until combined. The mixture should hold together when you squeeze it. If it doesn’t, add chickpea flour by the tablespoon until it does.
  4. Scoop up 1/3 cup (80 ml) of the mixture and use your hands to shape it into a patty. Place the patty on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining mixture. You should have about 12 patties.
  5. Heat a large frying pan, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Pour in enough oil to coat the bottom and heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Line a plate with paper towels. Place three or four patties in the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until crispy and browned all over. Place the cooked patties on the plate and top with more paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Repeat with the remaining patties, adding more oil as necessary, until all are cooked.
  6. While the cakes are cooking, make the aïoli: Combine all the ingredients in a cup and stir together. Chill until ready to use.
  7. Garnish the cakes with chopped green onions and serve with the aïoli on the side. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Variations

Alternatively, you can bake these crab cakes. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Leave the patties on the baking sheet. Spray the tops of the cakes lightly with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes, flip them, spray with olive oil, and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
You can also put these cakes in a sandwich, using the aïoli as a spread. You will not regret it!

 

 

Credit: Recipe from But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!: 125 Recipes to Win Everyone Over © Kristy Turner, 2016. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com

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