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Hearts of Palm “Mozzarella” Sticks!

Hello Sporkies!

We LOVE making dishes that have traditionally been dairy heavy, into their vegan alter-egos! Mozzarella sticks were one of those dishes that we missed when we went vegan about 14 years back, so we started experimenting.  It turns out that hearts of palm make a wonderful mozzarella substitute.  They have a great color, texture and flavor you could want from a mozz stick, without the crazy cholesterol and dairy.  And because you can’t serve a lone stick, we have a quick tomato sauce to go with it!

When buying hearts of palm, look for jars that say “sustainably harvested” so that you’re not knocking down a whole tree for your snack.  The sustainable form of cultivation comes from a base plant that has lot of branches that can be cut off without killing the tree, allowing other branches to keep growing.  
Hearts of Palm Mozzarella Sticks

 

Hearts of Palm “Mozzarella Sticks” with a Quick Marinara Sauce

Yields 20 pieces

“Mozzarella Stick” Ingredients:

2 tablespoons organic un-bleached all purpose flour

10 hearts of palm, sliced in half lengthwise

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons brown rice syrup

½ cup un-sweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons vegan parmesan (GO Veggie! brand)

1/3 cup organic whole wheat breadcrumbs

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper

1-2 tablespoons neutral tasting oil (safflower)

Quick Tomato Sauce Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

1 small can tomato paste (6 oz)

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon ground pepper

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons brown rice syrup

2/3 cups water

Directions:

For hearts of palm: Place flour in a shallow bowl or plate and coat halved hearts of palm

In a mixing bowl, add lemon juice, brown rice syrup, and almond milk. Whisk until uniform. Add hearts of palm and toss to coat.

In a separate large bowl, combine vegan parmesan, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, dried basil, oregano, sea salt and black pepper. Whisk until uniform.

Heat a sauté pan over medium heat and add oil.

Dredge each piece of hearts of palm in breadcrumb mixture and place in pan. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, rotating occasionally, until golden.

Meanwhile, for tomato sauce: Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat and add olive oil, garlic, tomato paste, oregano basil, sea salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, brown rice syrup and water. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until color is dark and mixture is fragrant. Serve warm with “mozzarella” sticks. © Spork Foods, 2014

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