THIS IS JACKFRUIT AND HOW TO USE IT

THIS IS JACKFRUIT AND HOW TO USE IT

Eat More Vegan with this Epic Plant Based Ingredient

WHAT IS JACKFRUIT

You'd have to be living under a rock if you haven't heard of Jackfruit yet! It is popping up everywhere from 'Pulled Jackfruit' at trendy restaurants, to Jackfruit Curries at your local take-away joint to delicious pre-flavoured Tender Jack Jackfruit at your local grocery and health food stores.

But whether you've heard of it or not, it is always good to know what it actual is that you're eating. Put simply it is a large, tree-borne fruit, native to tropical Asia. Young Jackfruit in particular has a tender, meat-like consistency and a subtle taste, making it extremely versatile and perfect in savoury dishes such as salads, burgers, tacos, pizzas and much more. So versatile and adaptable in savoury recipes that it is the real hero of my latest book, Eat More Vegan, where it is utilised in a fragrant curry, battered and fried to give KFC a run for its money, and slow cooked and shredded to replicate a vegan friendly talk on BBQ pulled pork! 

Well I have taken my love of Jackfruit to the next level by partnering with Amazonia on their Tender Jack Jackfruit range, and I am excited to share a recipe with you below to inspire you to increase the plant power in your life.

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HOW TO USE JACKFRUIT

The good news is, Amazonia make it really easy for you to incorporate Jackfruit into your life. They have pre-packaged Tender Jack in a range of flavours including Smokey BBQ, Teriyaki, Curry and Original. You can create the most mouthwatering meals, and Tender Jack makes a great easy substitute for animal protein in most dishes, helping you live clean and eat more vegan. 

They're all delicious, and all good for you, but as a healthy cook, I personally lean towards the original, which is unflavoured which gives me heaps of flexibility with the recipes I create with it, and the overall flavour profile. 

Which brings me to one of my favourite recipes ever! These Tender Jack Souvlaki's! 

Think quick and easy home-made flat breads, topped with shredded lettuce, fresh tomatoes, avocado tzatziki and of course, the most melt in the mouth 'pulled' jackfruit that tastes insanely good! Sounding like a bit of you? here's the recipe! 

TENDER JACK SOUVLAKI

  • Ingredients

    800 g tender jack, unflavoured
    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    1 red onion, finely diced
    4 garlic cloves, finely diced
    1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
    1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
    2 teaspoons dried oregano
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    3 tablespoons coconut aminos or tamari 
    2 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut nectar
    2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
    1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
    1 teaspoon chilli powder 
    lemon wedges, to serve

    TZATZIKI

    1 large Lebanese cucumber
    250 g (1 cup) coconut yoghurt or coconut cream
    3 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
    1 small handful of dill fronds, finely chopped
    zest and juice of 1 lemon
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive, avocado, macadamia or hemp oil

    TO SERVE

    4 Garlic Flatbreads (see below) or cos lettuce leaf ‘cups’
    12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
    6 cos lettuce leaves, shredded
    1 small Lebanese cucumber, sliced
    1 small red onion, very thinly sliced

    FLAT BREADS

    100 g (1 cup) almond meal
    125 g (1 cup) arrowroot or tapioca flour
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    125 ml (1⁄2 cup) coconut milk
    125 ml (1⁄2 cup) filtered water, plus extra if needed
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    3–4 tablespoons coconut oil

  • Method

    For the tzatziki, coarsely grate the cucumber by hand using a box grater or process in a food processor using the grater attachment.Wrap the grated cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze over a sink to remove as much excess liquid as possible, then add it to a large bowl together with the remaining ingredients. Mix everything well and refrigerate until needed.

    Warm the olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan over medium–low heat, add the onion and garlic and saute for 3–4 minutes, or until they are softened and fragrant. Stir in the cinnamon, cumin, oregano and tomato paste and cook for a further 2–3 minutes. Add the Tender Jack, coconut aminos or tamari, sweetener and vinegar. Mix everything really well and, using the back of your spoon, squash the jackfruit pieces slightly. Add the pepper and ground chilli, if you like, bring to a gentle simmer and cook for another 10–15 minutes, or until the sauce is lovely and sticky. Remove from the heat.

    Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

    Spread the jackfruit mixture onto the prepared tray, transfer to the oven and cook for 20–25 minutes, or until the jackfruit pieces are slightly caramelised and beginning to brown around the edges.

    To make the flatbreads, combine the almond meal, arrowroot or tapioca flour, garlic powder, coconut milk, water and salt in a bowl and mix well to form a smooth, thinnish batter. (The more watery the batter, the thinner and crispier your flatbreads will be, so add a splash or two more if you like.)

    Melt 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil in a small non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add 125 ml (1⁄2 cup) of batter to the pan, tilting and swirling
    it to coat the base in an even layer, and cook for 2–3 minutes, then carefully turn the flatbread over with a spatula and cook for a further 2 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Lift the flatbread from the pan and set aside wrapped in a clean tea towel to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining mixture, greasing the pan with a little coconut oil in between flatbreads to make sure they don’t stick to the pan.

    To serve, arrange your flatbreads or lettuce leaf ‘cups’ on a platter and top with the tomato quarters, shredded lettuce and sliced cucumber and onion. Spoon over the baked jackfruit, dollop on the tzatziki and enjoy with some lemon wedges for squeezing.

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Amazonia Tender Jack is made from organically grown Jackfruit hand harvested from abundant food forests across the ‘Land of Jack’. This cultivation helps to keep these forests standing and provides an ethical, nourishing food source. Amazonia Tender Jack is a source of dietary fibre and contains no artificial ingredients. All looks and sounds good to you?

Order yours today right now with my friends at Amazonia


Tender jack is also available in elect grocery and health food stores Australia wide.

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