Portobello Mushroom Schnitzel (From the menu for "Ve Eat" German Favourites at the May 23, 2019 Alberni Veg Supper Club)

Portobello Mushroom Schnitzel

Portobello mushrooms are a transitioning vegan's dream-come-true.  The cap is often big enough to serve as a burger by itself and can be grilled up and served as such.

I know that you are salivating just looking at the fried up "schnitzel" above-- this is German vegan yum yum.

This might well be on the menu at the Alberni Supper Club's Thursday May 23rd Supper Club-- called "Ve Eat"-- German Favourites.  Catch it at 6pm at the Adventist Church Basement Kitchen in Port Alberni BC.  (See more details under the recipe below).

Here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1   T.         Corn Starch
  • 1  tsp. each Salt, Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp.     Cayenne Pepper
  • 1   T.         Hot Sauce
  • 12 oz.        Seltzer Water/ Club Soda (or more)
  • 3- 4 Cups   Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2   T.          Sesame Seeds, recommended (but optional)
  • 4                Large Portobello Mushroom Caps (1/2 pound, total), sliced into 1/2 inch strips
  • Grapeseed Oil for Frying
METHOD:
  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, garlic powder and cayenne.
  2. Stir in the hot sauce and seltzer/Club Soda until it is a thick but pourable batter.  NOTE: the seltzer water is hard to measure due to foam.  You need at least one twelve ounce bottle to make this batter.  The batter should be thick like pancake batter, but if it appears clumpy or overly thick, add more seltzer/Club Soda until the mixture is thin enough for dipping.
  3. Stir together the panko breadcrumbs and sesame seeds, then pour them onto a plate.  Dip the mushroom slices into the batter, then into the panko-sesame mixture to coat.  Use one hand for wet dipping and the other for dry, otherwise it will end up with clumps in the dry ingredients.
  4. Heat 1/2 inch of grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking.  Fry the mushroom slices in batches of 4 or 5 pieces for 2 - 3 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.  You may need to add more  oil midway through the cooking.  Drain on paper towels or a wire cooling rack.
  5. Sprinkle with additional salt to taste, if desired.  Serve hot!

The Alberni Vegetarian Supper Club is a culinary treat and then some.  Beginners or "old hands" at cooking are delighted with the international and local recipes.  

Who attends?  People from different cultural backgrounds and all age groups.  
What do they have in common?   They all want to made eating healthier a daily habit.
What if you cannot cook but want to sample?  We have several folks who love attending but don't cook.  Join us for dinner with a $3 donation to help us out with the food and rental costs.  

Each month, a suggested Vegetarian/Vegan themed recipe list is sent out (e.g., Crazy for Curries or Turning Japanese or Eat like a Canuck ) and  attendees select a recipe or 2 to make and share at the Supper Club meeting.  

Are you an absolute beginner?  No worries, vegetarian cooking tips and help is just an email away.  For demos and hands on experiences, feel free to come an hour earlier on the meeting day and learn some cooking techniques as we prepare sample dishes at the kitchen.  

Cooking demonstrations are held as requested and often get lively as folks happily jump in and participate,  Children and teens find it great fun and interesting to be able to easily create delectable dishes and wholesome treats.

Nutritional Nuggets and Healing Food Recipes are shared as seasonal and health concerns arise.  For example, during colder months, a Turmeric Latte (recipe following) is served for its anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.  And if you’re feeling under the weather, a hot drink often feels great going down and the bonus is it helps you feel better faster!

Interested?  Join the fun every 3rd Thursday of the month (except summer break in July and August) at 6 p.m. at the Basement Kitchen of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4109 Kendall Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4H9.  If you want to look over the monthly recipe list, simply send an email to pasda75@gmail.com 

Be blessed, know and enjoy your foods, boost your life!  

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