Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Double-Take

Double Take

Inspired by the ultra artery clogging new sandwich from the ultra disgusting KFC, the Double Down. Made with my own blend of seven herbs and spices, I served these up to the folks over at the Jason Ellis show and even the producer, Stretch, who is a really big meat eating man's man, said it tasted like real, there. Thanks to Gardein, the realistic chicken part was easy.

I like to make 4 little slider size sammies, but you can make 2 large ones with this recipe too, just don't cut the breasts in half.

The Vegan Double Down
4 Gardein chicken breasts (or chicken style seitan cutlets)
4 slices of vegan bacon, storebought or homemade, prepared
1/4 cup vegan cheese spread (like this Smoky Pub Cheese) or 4 slices of vegan cheese
Vegetable oil for frying

For the flour mixture:
1 cup (125 g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teasoon dried mustard
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup (235 ml) soymilk
2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice

For the Sauce:
1/4 cup (56 g) vegan mayonnaise, store-bought or homemade
1 tablespoon (17 g) ketchup
1 tablespoon (17 g) SriRacha
1/2 teaspoon dried chives or parsley

Defrost breasts. Cut each breast in half so you have 8 pieces.
Preheat the oil in your deep fryer, or fill a frying pan with about an inch of oil, and heat it on high heat.
Mix together flour mixture in a shallow dish. Mix together soymilk and lemon juice in a separate small bowl. It will curdle and become like buttermilk.
Dip one piece of breast in the flour mixture to lightly coat, then dip in buttermilk mixture then back into the flour mixture for a thicker coat.
Place in oil and fry for about 2 to 3 minutes or until golden and crispy. (If you are using the frying pan method, you will need to flip after about 2 minutes and repeat on the other side.)
Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
Repeat with remaining 7 pieces.
Whisk together sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
Spread a layer of sauce on one piece fried breast, then place 1 piece of bacon, broken in half, then a schmear of smoky pub cheese, and the top with another piece of breast spread with sauce.

Yield: 4 slider sized, or 2 full sized sandwiches


Ricki said...

You are brilliant! But I think even the vegan version might be a bit too much food for me. (Is it wrong to admit that this actually looks appealing. .. ??) ;)

Anonymous said...

Yeah I don't think I could eat this. It sounds almost as disgusting as the KFC version.

Jessie said...

Oh wow, this looks amazing. The slider size makes it something I would absolutely eat.

Andrea said...


Anonymous said...

Everything tells me not to want these, but they look so good ! I have secretly bookmarked them to make !

JENNA said...

I've been contemplating making a vegan double down for a week now. Your's look so good and gross (in a I shouldn't eat this but wanna so bad way) at the same time.

Anonymous said...

You are amazing. It would go against my better judgment to make these but it looks ohh so good!

Michal said...


The original sandwich is enough to make me gag just reading about it, but the vegan version is still looking mighty fine. I dont know if I could fit all of that im my belly though. Of course I would be willing to try. ;)

peggy said...

i love your blog. i just discovered it today. this recipe totally cracks me up and makes me crave some vegetables... lol.

Sheila Oakley said...

I'm late to the party here... this is hilarious - I love it! (in that crazy this-is-not-that-good-for-me-even-though-its-vegan-but-darn-she-made-it-look-yummy kinda way)

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