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My absolute favorite meal before going veggie was chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and gravy with side veggies and crescent rolls.<br><br>
Does anybody have a really good vegan recipe for CFS? I've found a few online but most include seitan.... and to be honest, I'm scared of seitan and keep putting off trying to make it.<br><br>
Maybe I should just dive into VeggieWorld head first and try the seitan. I'll post pics if it turns out good!
 

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I veganized Alton Brown's recipe and it came out pretty well. Didn't care for his gravy, so I made one with Earth Balance margarine, flour, salt and pepper and a tiny bit of vegetarian beef flavoring.<br><br>
Seitan is easy to make, and this recipe is pretty forgiving. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I think that you should try making seitan to make up your own mind about what it's really like, but I dont get the fuss over it myself. I think it's a meat substitute which is very unlike real meat so i don't bother eating it.<br><br>
if you are going to eat seitan at all it does turn out best if you coat it in something and fry it.
 

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Maybe it's just us, but Mr. T and I think the <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/chickpea-cutlets-283551" target="_blank">Chickpea Cutlets</a> from Veganomicon taste like chicken fried steak if you press them kinda thin and bake them. They'd probably taste even more like chicken fried steak if you used "beef" flavored broth instead of veggie broth and omitted the lemon.
 

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Maybe it's just us, but Mr. T and I think the <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/chickpea-cutlets-283551" target="_blank">Chickpea Cutlets</a> from Veganomicon taste like chicken fried steak if you press them kinda thin and bake them. They'd probably taste even more like chicken fried steak if you used "beef" flavored broth instead of veggie broth and omitted the lemon.</div>
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Hey thanks! I'm trying this soon and now I'm really excited. :)
 

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I veganized Alton Brown's recipe and it came out pretty well. Didn't care for his gravy, so I made one with Earth Balance margarine, flour, salt and pepper and a tiny bit of vegetarian beef flavoring.<br><br>
Seitan is easy to make, and this recipe is pretty forgiving. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Yeah what's up with the thyme in country gravy? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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I think that you should try making seitan to make up your own mind about what it's really like, but I dont get the fuss over it myself. I think it's a meat substitute which is very unlike real meat so i don't bother eating it.<br><br>
if you are going to eat seitan at all it does turn out best if you coat it in something and fry it.</div>
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See I've heard the texture is more like real meat than any other of the meat substitutes. That's why I was excited about trying it. I've been wanting to cook something that would make my omni friends drool.
 

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^From my experience, trying to sub meat for omnis is a bad idea! Real vegan food like stir fries and stews and casseroles seem to delight them. It's like they're foods they've had before, but never comes to mind.<br>
I've had seitan so many different ways. Whole Foods take out has a vegan "beef" and broccoli which is yucky close to the real thing/ I've had it canned from an asian grocery and it quite good, I've made it and wouldn't do it again.<br>
Chickpea cutlets are very good. I do like the idea of using beef flavor boullion -I really like Better Than Boullion Not Beef<br><br>
Gimme Lean makes a ground beef subsitute that is very much like beef burgers. Coat that in whatever chickn steak gets breaded in, with vegan gravy, and it should be the thing. Some jarred mushroom gravy is vegan- maybe it's Campbells
 

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^From my experience, trying to sub meat for omnis is a bad idea! Real vegan food like stir fries and stews and casseroles seem to delight them. It's like they're foods they've had before, but never comes to mind.<br>
I've had seitan so many different ways. Whole Foods take out has a vegan "beef" and broccoli which is yucky close to the real thing/ I've had it canned from an asian grocery and it quite good, I've made it and wouldn't do it again.<br>
Chickpea cutlets are very good. I do like the idea of using beef flavor boullion -I really like Better Than Boullion Not Beef<br><br>
Gimme Lean makes a ground beef subsitute that is very much like beef burgers. Coat that in whatever chickn steak gets breaded in, with vegan gravy, and it should be the thing. Some jarred mushroom gravy is vegan- maybe it's Campbells</div>
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Thanks for the tips! The just keep telling me I'm depriving myself of all the things that used to make me happy and I'm trying to prove them wrong I guess. I haven't even really craved my CFS since going veggie so I guess it wasn't that important to me anyhow. :)
 

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Is it possible for you to change the title of this thread to something more veggie/vegan friendly?</div>
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You're joking right?
 

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Whole Foods' hazelnut cutlets are divine and would make a great sub for chicken fried steak (if I remember the taste of chicken fried steak - it's been so long). The hazelnut cutlets definitely have the right consistency, and already have the breaded and fried bit going on.<br><br>
They have them in the takeout/deli section, but they're not always available. They are one of the very few meat substitutes that I'm wild about.
 

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You're joking right?</div>
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+1.<br><br>
There are a few recipes on <a href="http://www.vegweb.com" target="_blank">www.vegweb.com</a> for chicken fried steak. Have you seen those?
 

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no, he wasn't.....the real stuff really does bother some people. Maybe you could have written "how to replicate..." oh well, next time. Titles aren't edit-able by us, has to be done by a mod.
 

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I kinda thought you were joking when I read it. I pictured a chicken frying a steak!
 

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Why would NRAVeg put a question mark if the thread was about "real" chicken fried steak?<br><br>
I like seitan, but not the batch I made myself. There is a restaurant not far from me that makes chicken fried seitan. It is quite good. Darn you! Now I want some!
 

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Guys, "chicken fried steak" is the name of beef cube steak fried like you would fry a chicken. Like flour, salt, pepper, etc. Another name would be "country fried steak" as well.
 

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I kinda thought you were joking when I read it. I pictured a chicken frying a steak!</div>
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Why would NRAVeg put a question mark if the thread was about "real" chicken fried steak?<br><br>
I like seitan, but not the batch I made myself. There is a restaurant not far from me that makes chicken fried seitan. It is quite good. Darn you! Now I want some!</div>
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I want some too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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Try this product if you can find it <a href="http://www.lightlife.com/product_detail.jsp?p=gimmeleanbeef" target="_blank">http://www.lightlife.com/product_det...=gimmeleanbeef</a><br>
It actually feels like ground beef when you are forming it, the taste is not too far off. I would shape it, then fry it until it starts to turn the golden brown color, then let it cool a bit, coat it just like you would the item in question that we wont speak the name of in fear of causing undue hardship.. or something like that.<br><br>
anyway, after you get the coated portions done, pour the gravy over it, put it next to the mashed taters and enjoy.<br><br>
I use it to make "burgers" it stays together on the grill or in the pan, and once I put the lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup and onion on it, I really can not tell much difference between that and the semi real thing.<br><br>
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The finished texture when eating this is very close to the same texture that a Wendy's burger has ( for those that have not been veg*an long enough to have forgot.
 
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