Monday, January 26, 2009

Fake Meat of the Week

"Chicken" Nuggets and Baked Fries

I admit it, I love Chicken McNuggets. Although I have not eaten them in years, I still think about them occasionally. The Quorn Chik’n Nuggets are perfect when you get that fast food craving. This is such a great fake out, it will even fool kids. These do contain a bit of egg product so they are not vegan, but they are completely meat free. You can find these at Whole Foods in the frozen fake meat section.

When I really want to go all out to duplicate that fast food experience, I serve this with BBQ sauce or I make homemade honey mustard dip and baked fries. And this whole meal from start to finish takes about 40 minutes. The actual prep time is actually only about 15 however the fries take about 30-40 minutes, depending on how thick you cut them.

Honey Mustard Dip
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon corn starch

Heat the honey and the mustard in a small sauce pan. Wisk in the cornstarch and let the sauce simmer for about a minute.

Oven Baked French Fries
About 1 small potato russet potato per person
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub the potatoes with a vegetable brush. Trim the sides and edges of the potatoes so they are slightly flattened. Cut the potatoes into 1/4 inch sticks. Toss well with extra virgin olive oil. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Toss gently a few times to make sure they brown on all sides. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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