- about 2 cups of cauliflower florets, sliced 1/2 inch-thick (other vegetables such as broccoli could work as well)
- /2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup beer (pilsner or ale preferable)
- canola or vegetable oil for frying
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, chili powder, salt, baking powder, and beer to make a smooth, thick batter. It should not be runny. If necessary, add more beer 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time. Mix well.
- Warm 1/2 inch of oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. The oil is ready for frying when a drop of batter quickly crisps.
- Coat the cauliflower slices in the batter, and carefully place them in the pan to avoid splashing the hot oil. Don't crowd the pan.
- Cook until golden on both sides, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
- Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Serve as soon as possible.
This cheese-like sauce from Veganomicon works well as a dipping sauce. I increased the amount of flour to make it thicker and more of a dip. I also added minced olives because I had some leftover olives to use up. Incidentally, I used the leftovers of this sauce in my breakfast burrito this morning. It was a good idea.
- 2 cups vegetable broth or water
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- pinch of dried thyme (crumbled in your fingers)
- salt and pepper to taste
- pinch of turmeric
- 3/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- a few olives, minced (optional)
- Whisk together the broth and flour until dissolved.
- Preheat a saucepan over medium-low heat. Place the oil and garlic in the pan and cook about 2 minutes, stirring often.
- Stir in the thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Add the broth, turmeric, and nutritional yeast, and raise the heat to medium. Stir constantly for 3 minutes, until the mixture bubbles.
- Once the mixture is bubbling, stir and cook for about 2 more minutes, then add the lemon juice, mustard, and olives. Keep covered until ready to serve.