I have a confession to make: Back in my meat-eating days, I loved White Castle. And every now and then, when I’ve imbibed a little too much, I crave those little burgers. While I usually satisfy my fast-food urges with a Boca Chik’n Pattie and some tater tots, I was excited to see this new product on the VegNews website. I’m not a huge fan of processed fake-meat products, but in moderation they’re good for those junk food cravings. I’ve not tried any of Gardein’s products, but I’m eager to give this one a shot. I couldn’t find them on Gardein’s website, so I’m guessing they’re still not out in stores just yet. But when I do find them, I’ll give you a review. I guess I’ll have to steal some packets of White Castle’s Düsseldorf brown mustard to go with them.
I grew up in a meat-eating household, and when I chose to give up meat, it wasn’t because I hated the flavor. (I won’t get into why I decided to give up meat–I’ll save that for another blog.) That being said, every now and then I get a craving for a good cheeseburger. But having been vegan for a while now, I know that my craving doesn’t mean that I have to resort to meat and dairy to be satisfied.
I don’t like to use fake meat products all that often, but they work well for those junk food cravings. For this particular recipe, if you want to call it that, I used the help of Boca Original Vegan Patties and Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds to take my plain veggie burger up a few notches.
Using a cast iron skillet, I cooked down some finely diced onion in olive oil. I laid the Boca burgers on top of the onions to steam for a few minutes. I then added the Daiya shreds to the top of the burgers and placed a plate on top of the skillet to steam the burgers and allow the cheese to melt.
I served my burgers on warmed buns with pickles, baby spinach, the cooked onions, and some Vegenaise. A side of french fries with ketchup and a pint of my favorite beer made the meal even more authentic.