Yes, you can make this pot pie — and so much more.
Jackfruit has become a trendy ingredient for vegan/vegetarian cooking, but it’s actually been around for quite a while. The fruit has been used as an all-natural meat alternative in Asia for hundreds—possibly thousands—of years.
When unripened, the flesh of the fruit has a stringy texture that mimics chicken or pork. It doesn’t have much of a flavor profile on its own, making it a perfect replacement for meat, especially in dishes that are heavy in seasoning and spices.
The most popular way to prepare a jackfruit dish at home is to start with a can of young jackfruit in brine or water. If you can’t find it at your local grocery store, order it online. Be sure to avoid jackfruit canned in syrup as it will be too sweet and sugary to use as a meat substitute. Now, you might be able to find an actual jackfruit, but be warned they’re pretty difficult to work with.
Once you’ve got your jackfruit, here are 13 killer recipes to try:
1. BBQ pulled jackfruit
Arguably one of the most popular jackfruit recipes is a vegan pulled “pork”-style sandwich. Check out the recipe here.
2. Vegan jackfruit pot pie
Love a flaky crust and a creamy, savory filling? Who doesn’t? Nothing compares to a delicious pot pie. Nothing. Get the recipe here.