I feel like Football Food Sunday doesn't need too much of an introduction any more! We watch football, we eat ridiculous food, that's about it!
Today I picked the recipe in a slightly different way than usual. Ordinarily I just go for whatever seems exciting or whatever we fancy eating but this time I wanted to use a couple of things from my pantry. This is how we ended up making these Barbecue Pulled "Pork" Sandwiches from Joni's blog. Sometime in the last year or two I heard about a new thing in vegan cooking, using jackfruit to imitate pulled pork! Crazy times! Now I'd never actually heard of pulled pork but I was still excited to try something new & I eventually tracked down canned jackfruit in water (as opposed to syrup) at an ethnic grocery store in Reading when I was visiting one of my best friends last summer.
I was pleased to see that this recipe also used a lot of barbecue sauce, we had some left over from a recipe we made months ago and whilst I didn't particularly love it then I didn't want to throw an almost full bottle away!
Obviously we needed to make some buns to enjoy our pulled "pork" in and it only felt right to use a recipe from Celine & Joni's book Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites. I chose the Scarborough Fair Buns for no other reason than that they sounded good & I had all of the ingredients in the house! Joni also suggests serving these with coleslaw so that's just what I did - nothing fancy here, just grated cabbage, carrot, some Veganaise & a bit of wholegrain mustard. Kinda like the one I made for Come Dine With Me back in April.
The Barbecue Pulled "Pork" was really easy to throw together, it needs to spend an hour simmering but that's pretty low stress cooking if you ask me!
I feel bad saying that we didn't love these but we kinda didn't, we loved the herby buns and we were definitely into the jackfruit-as-pulled-pork thing but that barbecue sauce that we didn't love before? Yeah, strangely we still didn't love it, and unsurprisingly when the sauce makes up the majority of the recipes flavour it's kinda important to like it! On the plus side I still have a can of jackfruit and we will be making these again, we'll just be using a different barbecue sauce!