Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face [A Cookbook]

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A fun and irreverent take on vegan comfort food that’s saucy, sweet, sassy, and most definitely deep-fried, from YouTube sensation Lauren Toyota of Hot for Food.

In this bold collection of more than 100 recipes, the world of comfort food and vegan cooking collide as Lauren Toyota shares her favorite recipes and creative ways to make Philly cheesesteak, fried chicken, and mac ‘n’ cheese, all with simple vegan ingredients. Never one to hold back, Lauren piles plates high with cheese sauce, ranch, bacon, and barbecue sauce, all while sharing personal stories and tips in her engaging and hilarious voice. The result is indulgent, craveworthy food – like Southern Fried Cauliflower, The Best Vegan Ramen, and Raspberry Funfetti Pop Tarts – made for sharing with friends at weeknight dinners, weekend brunches, and beyond.

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Crispy Crabless Cakes

The first time I had a vegan crab cake I was shook! John and I were eating at Lakeside (Wynn Hotel) in Las Vegas and devoured chef Tal Ronnen’s crab cakes in seconds. There was no way I could get access to his secret recipe, but I carefully examined every bite so I could figure it out at home. There are a lot of vegan crab cake recipes made from artichokes or hearts of palm floating around the Internet, and while they’re all pretty delicious, ours has been tried and tested by many former seafood addicts who claim they’d rather eat this than the real thing any day!

Makes 10 cakes.

Preparation Time 30 minutes.

Cook Time 15 minutes.

Crabless Cakes

2 cups drained marinated artichoke hearts, finely chopped, plus 2 tablespoons liquid

1⁄4 cup finely chopped shallot (about 1 small shallot)

1⁄2 cup finely chopped celery (about 1 stalk)

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1⁄2 cup chickpea flour

2 teaspoons coconut sugar or brown sugar

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt

1⁄4 teaspoon ground pepper

1 to 2 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Crabless Cake Recipe

To make the crabless cakes, place all the ingredients except the oil and aioli in a large bowl. Combine well with a fork. It’s important that the artichokes, shallots, and celery are very small and uniformly chopped so that the cakes will stick together while frying.

You should have a 1⁄2 inch of vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet or other heavy-bottomed pan for frying. Heat it to a temperature of 350°F to 360°F on a deep-frying thermometer.

To make the breading, place the chickpea flour in a wide, shallow dish. Use another shallow dish for the bread crumbs and a bowl for the milk.

Take 1⁄4 cup of the crabless cake mixture and press and form it into a thick patty with your hands. Gently place the cake in the chickpea flour and coat all sides evenly. Quickly submerge it in milk and make sure all the flour looks wet. Remove it from the milk and place in the bread crumbs. Using your hands, coat all sides of the cake well in the bread crumbs, then lightly shake off any excess. Set the coated cakes on a plate or baking sheet. Once they’re all assembled, immediately deep-fry in batches.

Delicately place 2 or 3 cakes in the hot oil. Fry for about 4 minutes until golden brown, flipping halfway through. Gently remove the cakes with a slotted frying spoon and place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

Serve immediately with the aioli. Leftovers can be heated over medium heat in a pan lightly coated with vegetable oil.

The Horseradish-Dill Aioli Breading

1⁄4 cup chickpea flour

11⁄4 cups multigrain bread crumbs

1⁄2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk

Prep Ahead

The Horseradish-Dill Aioli (page 226).

Makes about 2⁄3 cup.

Preparation Time 15 minutes.

The Horseradish-Dill Aioli Recipe

Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.

The Horseradish-Dill Aioli

2⁄3 cup vegan mayonnaise

1 tablespoon vegan horseradish

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

1⁄4 teaspoon ground pepper

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