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 Post subject: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:18 pm 
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Some friends and I cooked up some tvp chorizo last night trying to stay as close to an authentic recipe as we could. We're running into some issues with the lack of pork lard and the lingering tvp taste in the background. Does anyone have any tips they can help us out with? Any vegan chorizo vets in the house?


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:31 pm 
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Are you determined to use your own recipe? Because there are some good tvp chorizo recipes already out there. Also, are you open to using a mass produced product? Because Frieda's and Melissa's both make good soyrizos, and they're pretty fatty.

If you're going to make your own recipe, you really need to use a ton of spices. I think tomato paste is also key for background flavor.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:37 pm 
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i think the tvp chorizo recipe in vegan with a vengence is pretty great (minus the sugar it calls for)

cant say how close to what youre looking for it will be though

if youre looking for a more lardy taste try some annatto (achiote) paste

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:47 pm 
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Thanks for the responses guys. Yeah I'm trying to stay away from the soy chorizo store bought stuff. I don't think it tastes bad, just trying to make it from scratch. We tried some tomato paste in the batch we made last night and it sort of made it sloppy joey. I've never had real chorizo, but my friends have. So it's kind of hard for me to judge on how close we are to the real thing. But I think I understand in theory what the texture we're shooting for. Pork sausage and lard is definitely an uphill battle for a vegan kitchen.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:21 pm 
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It's been some years since I've had pork chorizo, but I don't remember a super lardy taste to it. It's definitely sausage, but I remember spiciness more.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:25 pm 
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Hmm...

Some ideas- Anatto (achiote?) for colour and hint of flavour, roasted sesame oil and some salt for a fatty rich ham-my taste, and try a few different brands of TVP - especially one that doesn't have a strong soy smell. Reconsistute the most neutral TVP you can get in boiling water, with some soy sauce and tomato paste, then squeeze it out really well. Maybe even suspend it in some vital wheat gluten, a la the salisbury steak (?) recipe in complete guide to vegan food substitutions? Not sure what else you're already doing.

But there are also heaps of good recipes already out there - Terry Hope's Viva Vegan would be a good start


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:06 am 
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I have been working on a chorizo recipe lately.... For texture, I find a combination of brown rice, beans and vital wheat gluten, gets pretty close.
For Chorizo, a lot of smoked paprika and garlic is the key, I think.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:25 am 
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Adam Crisis wrote:
i think the tvp chorizo recipe in vegan with a vengence is pretty great (minus the sugar it calls for)


+1 (though I keep the sugar in). I use Bob's Red Mill and I don't taste any TVP aftertaste at all. It is fantastic on pizza where it dries out a bit and end up as a very realistic consistency. I love this stuff and eat spoonfuls right out of the fridge.

Sorry, I can't help with a lardy flavour additive.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:12 pm 
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I made the Paella from Vegan Eats World and thought that the Tempeh Chorizo was amazing! I don't know how it compares to the animal based version but it was absolutely delicious and complex tasting! Check it out. Tempeh is pretty meaty and I think it had the perfect texture to fit the bill, much more so than tvp IMO.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:37 pm 
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What in the world does lard taste like??


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:58 pm 
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Maybe you hate TVP? Because I really hate TVP, and it's taken years for me to come out of the closet about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Chorizo
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:18 pm 
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Vegetable shorting is probably your best bet if you really want to replace lard. Or maybe refined coconut oil.

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