Ooooooo, this was a good one. See, Gardein is awesome stuff, a real cthulu-send to vegans, but it's just the beginning. You can bam it up a notch by breading, marinating, mincing, just get creative! Here's a great example of what I mean. Take some gardein chick'n filets, bread with a special mix, saute and viola! Pretty nifty. I'm a big fan of sesame seeds, which are a great source of iron by the way. So, while I was sauteeing the filets I thought to my self, 'Self, make something up!' Notice how a lot of my recipes end up that way? And I did. And it was good.
SESAME CRUSTED CHICK'N
There will probably be extra breading & coating... but better to have more than not enough in cases like these!
2 TBS sesame seeds
2 TBS corn flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS tahini
1 TBS grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBS milk
1. Toast the sesame seeds in a heated pan (the same pan you'll use to cook the rest of the meal). Keep an eye on them. They'll hold out on you and then suddenly start toasting real quick when you're not looking.
2. Meanwhile, mix the coating ingredients in a small bowl: tahini, fresh ginger, garlic and milk.
3. When the sesame seeds are ready, remove them from the pan and set them aside on a low, rimmed plate. Heat some oil in the pan and cook the filets about 5-7 minutes on each side-- you want to heat them through but they don't have to be perfectly browned.
4. Mix the sesame seeds with the corn flour and salt. Wait for the filets. When they are ready, remove the pan from heat. Take the filets aside and counsel them. Let them cool a bit before handling, about 3-5 minutes.
5. Return the pan to the burner and heat some oil--but be mindful not to burn the oil. Get your assembly line on! Dunk the filet to evenly coat with the liquidy coating.
Then dredge in the dry seed mix to evenly cover.
Saute about 5 minutes per side til toasty brown.
6. Marvel at your creation!
No... seriously... marvel at it...
I used the leftover coating with some flour and margarine and made some bisquits. Waste not, right? Yum!!
Wait for it... Marvel at the dish!
Get it...? Marvel comics background? Heh. I served with a side of sauteed mushrooms and a little veganaise, plus the quick bisquit. All in all, quite yummy!