Do you know one of Japanese comfort food called Menchi katsu?
Sounds weird? Yes it is. I didn't realized that the name from(maybe) Minced meat Cutlets.
Menchi Katsu is a popular deli item like crockets.As the original name in English, minced meat (mostly chicken)with some vegetables fried with cutlets crust.
Sounds so meaty? Yes.. but this vegan version won't make you feel missing something.
The recipes are with easy Tonkatsu( pork cutlets, very popular dinner menu, we usually have special sauce) sauce too.Normally making tonkatsu sauce takes time forever but this is a quick version.
*Tofu cutlets filling
Tofu about 200 g, crushed and mushed by hand.
Green onion 1-2 pieces, very thin sliced
Garlic 1 clove, chopped in very small
Mushrooms 2-3 pieces diced in very small
Flour 1 Tablespoon
Soy milk or almond milk 1/4 cup
Salt and pepper
*For the Crust
Flax seed, ground, 2 Table spoons + 1 cup water, leave it for at least 15 min
Flour for dusting, as your need
Panko(bread crumb) for breading, as you need
*Tonkatsu sauce (easy version)
Apple sauce, 1/4 cup
Dijon, 1/2 Table spoon
Tomato paste, 1/4 cup
Balsamic vinegar, 2 Tea spoons
Agave or Maple syrup or sugar, as your sweetness, I added agave 1 Table spoon
Tamarind 1/2 teaspoon(optional.But when you add this, the taste would be very special)
Cinnamon 1/8 tea spoon
Soy sauce 2 tea spoons
Veggie Stock 1/2 cup
Bay leaf 2pieces
Garlic, 1 cloves, minced
Tahini 1 Table spoon
Salt and pepper
Make Tonkatsu sauce.Get the all ingredients in a small pot and heat it up, keep stirling.
Once the sauce got thick, stop the heat and set aside.
Make the filling. Put tofu paste and green onion, garlic in a bowl.Fry the chopped mushroom lightly, put salt and pepper, and add it in the tofu mixture.Add nutmeg and Soy or almond milk, mix well, add flour and mix until the mixture get slightly sticky.
Make the mixture in shapes. It would be the best medal shape. Easy to cook.
Make your breadding station. All crust ingredients separate in containers.
Put the filling in this order : flour, flax seed water, bread crumb.
Heat up the frying oil as 350 F and fry them. 9-12 min each side until the surface got golden brown.
Put the cutlet and sauce in a plate.
Tomoko Tahara A.K.A.#cookhatter
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