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Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
This recipe came together by accident to curb a pregnancy craving, but it's fast become a favorite. The cutlets/patties freeze well and make a quick lunch when you're on the go. You can use TSP(textured soy protein) or TVP(textured vegetable protein), which can be found at some progressive supermarkets and at most health food stores.
- 1 cup textured soy protein flakes or 1 cup textured soy protein granules (textured soy protein, available at health food markets and through mail order sources)
- 1 cup boiling water or 1 cup vegetable broth (broth adds more flavor)
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine or 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1⁄4 cup onion, minced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh romano cheese
- 1 egg
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, finely grated
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- Pour hot water or vegetable broth over TSP.
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow liquid to absorb; about 5 minutes.
- Add spices.
- Stir well.
- Add eggs, mixing well.
- Stir in flour.
- Using a 1/4 cup measure, drop mixture onto a greased cookie sheet/ungreased silpat mat or parchment paper.
- Flatten to make a patty about 1/2 inch thick.
- Bake at 425 for 10 minutes.
- Cool slightly before breading.
- In a shallow dish, mix breading ingredients, except egg and milk.
- In a shallow bowl, mix egg and milk.
- Heat 1/4 cup oil into a large skillet while you bread the cutlets.
- Dip each cutlet into egg mixture, then coat in breading by laying one side of cutlet in the breading mix and pressing lightly so the breading adheres.
- Turn cutlet over and press to coat the other side with breading mix.
- Fry in hot skillet until golden brown.
- Place four cutlets in baking dish.
- Top each with your favorite marinara sauce, grated mozzarella and parmesan.
- Bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and begins to brown.
- These freeze well when wrapped individually in waxed paper.
- To thaw, place a cutlet in the microwave for one minute on 40% power, then at 80% power for 30 seconds.
- For a crisp cutlet, thaw and then bake at 450 for 5 to 8 minutes.
We had a dinner party with some vegetarian friends last night, so I thought I'd try this to go along with the plethora of pasta & sauces I was making. It turned out GREAT. Even my DH, who likes meat, and is usually a little suspicious of my vegetarian experiments really enjoyed it. I'm going to make another batch for the freezer this afternoon. The only thing I think I'll do differently is to make only half of the flour part of the breading because the recipe made much more than I used and I threw a lot away. Thanks for a great recipe!!
This meat substitute has great "tooth" and reminds me a lot of a Gardenburger "cutlet" product I love but is hard to find. I tried it using 2 cups of crumbled, squeezed tofu in place of the TVP with good results too. I cut the breading ingredients to 1/4 cup flour, etc. and that is enough. I have also used panko instead of flour for the breading, or just eliminated the breading and frying step altogether! You can vary the seasonings to your own taste as well. A winner!