Vegetarian Parm Heroes
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
From Food Network Kitchens
Our Chopped Dinner Challenge this week was to make a dish using seitan, a meat substitute. Battering the seitan in a cola batter gave depth[ and sweetness and pairing it with tomato sauce and mozzarella made us forget that this is usually for vegetarians. Chopped Basket Ingredient: seitan]
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes in juice, pureed in a blender
- 1 1/2 pounds seitan
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cola
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 hero rolls, split in half
- 8 ounces shredded mozzarella
- 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
- 4 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
Heat the olive oil in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat until hot. Then stir in the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut the seitan into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Whisk together the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and the cola in a bowl.
Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Dip half of the seitan into the batter, letting the excess drip off, and add to the skillet. Brown, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain the seitan on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining seitan.
Divide the seitan among the rolls and top with the sauce. Divide the cheeses among the rolls. Place the rolls on a baking sheet and bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
Serve the heroes topped with the oregano.
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