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Jackfruit as a meat substitute

I know that I'm late to the party on this one, but does anyone have personal experience with this?  Tried and true recipes?  I only bought two cans and don't want to waste them!

I have only used it to make a jackfruit biryani which was pretty good (I used a combination of recipes on youtube. showmethecurry, and vahchef.. I think). The flavors were great, but the jackfruit still tasted kind of briney. I hear it's much better when slowcooked. Maybe try boiling it down or slowcooking in a crockpot before using it in the recipe? I know there's a fun crockpot recipe for jackfruit carnitas on youtube that looks promising, but I've not tried it. Worth checking out at least. Happy cooking!

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Thanks!  Mine is just water-packed, not brined.  Hopefully that will help. 

I saw this, too... http://theveryhungrycook.com/?p=822....thought that maybe slow cooking the jackfruit for the chicken would give it some oomph.

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I think the problem really is that it has the texture of meat, but doesn't really have any flavor. Definitely slowcook it and let it soak up all the flavors from the sauces. :)

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this awesome vegan food truck, Seabirds, (on Food Networks food truck show currently) makes jackfruit tacos that are divine!

here is a recipe:
http://theurbanhousewife.blogspot.com/2008/02/jackfruit-carnitas-tacos.html

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Amy, she has a video with that recipe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_x4x87ncUY

Glad to hear it tastes delicious. I wanted to make it, but I was on a huge Indian food kick when I used up my jackfruit so i went with a Biryani.

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oh snap LOL great minds think alike! youtube doesn't work on my laptop so i wasn't able to check your link SB sorry <3

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That's the recipe I was planning to make when I bought them.  Unfortunately, the closest Trader Joes is about two hours away so I will have to make my salsa verde first... Maybe a weekend project?

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you can't find green salsa at a local market or grocery store? viva vegan has a few green salsa recipes... did you want me to email them to you? i have a photocopier at work

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I've made some killer tomatillo salsas, but you can get green salsa anywhere!

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Not around here!  The only brand available locally contains anchovies.  I have a recipe that I really like, so it's not a problem to make it.  :)

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Not around here!  The only brand available locally contains anchovies.  I have a recipe that I really like, so it's not a problem to make it.  :)

Anchovies in salsa?!  Ew.

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Not around here!  The only brand available locally contains anchovies.  I have a recipe that I really like, so it's not a problem to make it.  :)

Anchovies in salsa?!  Ew.

i know, and i thought chicken broth in green salsa was bizarre... anchovies take the cake on wtf?!

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Thank you for sharing the recipe. My local Asian supermarket carries jackfruit, and I am definitely going to try this! I love tacos.

Wow, anchovies in salsa. Grooooss.

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I tried the carnitas recipe last night. I added coriander and waited until later in cooking to add the time juice, but otherwise was faithful to the recipe. Like secondbase said, it seems as though the fruit itself has very little flavor. It absorbed the flavor of the spices and salsa well, but didn't really impart a taste of its own. The texture reminded me of artichoke hearts. I didn't much like it, because it seemed like I was just eating chewy, juicy spices. I think I would've liked it better with mushrooms or tempeh. Maybe it would be more interesting if the jackfruit was pre-marinated in something other than the cooking spices which would impart it with a flavor different from everything else in the pot. Or perhaps if it was cooked like this recipe, then cooked briefly with the spices.

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rkathleen you used a crockpot or did stove top?

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I made a 'tuna' salad with jackfruit last night.  It doesn't taste like much but shit is the texture freaky!

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I made a 'tuna' salad with jackfruit last night.  It doesn't taste like much but shit is the texture freaky!

was that a recipe or an OWW invention?

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rkathleen you used a crockpot or did stove top?

I used the stovetop, after letting the jackfruit 'marinate' for a while in the spices and a bit of canola oil. The spices seemed to penetrate the fruit really well, and the spices, especially with the added coriander (I love coriander) and all that salsa verde, were nice and made me think of enchiladas verdes a little bit. But the fruit didn't really add anything flavor-wise...I guess I should have expected that, though, since in the video she talked about its 'neutral' flavor, and secondbase already said as much. I guess I wasn't really paying attention!

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I made a 'tuna' salad with jackfruit last night.  It doesn't taste like much but shit is the texture freaky!

WHERE DID YOU GET JACKFRUIT

house warming gift? ; )

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rkathleen you used a crockpot or did stove top?

I used the stovetop, after letting the jackfruit 'marinate' for a while in the spices and a bit of canola oil. The spices seemed to penetrate the fruit really well, and the spices, especially with the added coriander (I love coriander) and all that salsa verde, were nice and made me think of enchiladas verdes a little bit. But the fruit didn't really add anything flavor-wise...I guess I should have expected that, though, since in the video she talked about its 'neutral' flavor, and secondbase already said as much. I guess I wasn't really paying attention!

i have a few cans... think i'm gonna try it in the crock this weekend... sb's video looks legit

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