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Veggie Brothers Product Review: Southern Fried Steak

December 27, 2010 By: Megabeth Category: Product Review, Veggie Brothers Reviews

As part of my Veggie Brother review series, I next take a taste of their Southern Fried Steak.

Veggie Brothers describes this dish as: “Our delicious high protein vegetarian veal steak, breaded with organic flour, soymilk and breadcrumbs then prefried in non-GMO expellor pressed Canola oil “veal” never had it so good!”

My serving size was a little off in my packaging. Although advertised as “2 servings,” I received one giant piece of steak and one little itty bitty steak. It was like receiving a planet and then its moon. I’ll assume that packing is done by weight and that’s what happened – one small piece for a man, one giant piece for mankind, perhaps? No fears, the big piece was giant and easily cut into two portions.

Following the “preferred cooking method” instructions, I placed the “steak” in the oven for 20 minutes in a baking dish and covered loosely with foil.  The result, was a crispy piece of “steak” so I am glad I took the time to cook it that way.

Meanwhile, the little packet brown gravy happily simmered in a pot of water for 10 minutes in its original packaging.

Before I get into a review of the taste of the product, let me do a Megabeth flashback….

When I was little, I loooooved to eat at a place called Po’ Folks. (Seriously, that’s what it was called and no I’m not embarrassed to admit it…although I’m sure I’m going to hear about this from someone.) Anyway, their specialty was down home cookin’, drinks out of mason jars and red and white checked plastic tablecloths. I ordered the same thing every time – country fried steak or rather “kuntry fried steak” as their menus spelled it out. Yes, that’s right, Megabeth wasn’t always a vegetarian and yes I’ve cited something called “kuntry fried steak”…but stick with me.

You see, what I loved about their country fried steak wasn’t the steak – it was the peppery, spicy, crispy, flavorful breading and the peppery thick gravy. It was durn good. Anyway, while I know that “Po’ Folks” was not Michelin Star rated, that does not mean that I can’t let them set the bar for country fried steak, er, kuntry fried steak.

Now, back to the review…

Let’s just say that, as provided, the Veggie Brothers steak and gravy got about halfway to that really high bar. The texture was correct for the breading and the gravy but it just didn’t have that ooooomph of what I found to be perfection in a Po Folks country fried steak. But, after some heavy handed application of some freshly ground pepper I hit that high note of seasonings for both the gravy and the breading. So, as prepared, the southern fried steak needs a little more seasoning but that’s easily remedied.

My advice, also, would also not let the gravy sit too long on the steak or put it to the side. In the time I took the final shots of the prepared dish, the part under the gravy got a bit mushy. But, heck, you’re not taking pictures of everything you eat, right? You should be just fine.

Southern Fried Steak

Original Price: $9.99
Serving Size 3 oz. (140g)
Serving per container 2

Veggie Brothers: Soul Stix

December 23, 2010 By: Megabeth Category: Product Review, Veggie Brothers Reviews

Appetizers are next on the plate for my Veggie Brother review series. The Soul Stix were described by Veggie Brothers as “meaty soy drumsticks baked with onions and peppers in a tangy Southwestern Barbecue Sauce.” I cooked them in the boil in the bag method. Super easy to do.

These “stix” were great. If you’re a sensitive vegetarian and really don’t like reading about references to meat, you might want to skip ahead to the next paragraph. Ok, here goes: These stix even had a sort of “skin” on them so when you bit into them was a definite “pop” you get when eating an actual chicken drumstick. Sort of disconcerting as a vegetarian that hasn’t experienced that “pop” in over 10 years, but very cool that this sort of thing was replicated, nonetheless.

The sauce was bold and not too spicy – the description of “tangy” hits it right on the head.

I’m going to pause here for a moment to give you a Megabeth flashback…

Back when I was in high school, friends of our family had some visitors from Italy. My mother cooked them dinner and made the German dish rouladen which involves rolling up the meat with stuffing, and holding it together with toothpicks. The Italian visitors’ English was limited and our Italian was non-existent, so my mother had to convey to them, with a humorous pantomime oft imitated over 20 years later – “Don’t choke on the toothpicks!”

Now, fast forward to present day. When I served the Soul Stix to my In-House Taste Tester, I heard him exclaim, “Ack! There’s a…stick in them!” Whoops, I sort of missed the little warning on the ingredient slip saying that a wooden stick serves as an “artificial bone.” Because I missed it, I wasn’t able to give my “Don’t choke on the toothpicks!” pantomime. So, kind readers, I can say this now plainly and without pantomime: When you order Soul Stix from Veggie Brothers…be prepared for the wooden stick.

Despite being startled by these sticks, we were thoroughly satisfied with these soul stix. In fact, they are versatile enough to be either an appetizer or served as an entree.

Soul Stix*
Original Price: $6.99
Serving Size: 8 oz

*Note: At the time of writing this review, the 8 oz serving size was no longer available. The Veggie Brother website does state: “If you do not see a product you are looking for, it most likely is because we are sold out.  Feel free to email us to inquire further.” Family sized servings were still available.

Veggie Brothers Product Review: Navaho Succotash

December 22, 2010 By: Megabeth Category: Product Review, Veggie Brothers Reviews

I’m easing into the Veggie Brothers review series with an interesting side dish – Navaho Succotash. The website describes the Navaho Succotash as “crisp, zesty corn and black bean medley makes a great side dish to a variety of meals. Relish the natural flavors of this simple ancient combination.”

Veggie Brothers Product Review: Navaho Succotash

Although the boil in bag technique is a lot easier for me to do with my injured arm, I went ahead and prepped the succotash in the oven since the Veggie Brothers’ Southern Fried Steak was in the oven already. The oven instructions have you put the succotash into a small baking dish and cover with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

I opened the sealed bag and I was met with the aroma of fresh corn and peppers. The flavors and crispness were sealed in tight and did not lose their flavors after being frozen and shipped. The corn kernels popped when you bit into them, the black beans weren’t mushy. Overall, it tasted really fresh. This was a pretty good side dish so I suppose there’s no sufferin’ succotash. (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)

Navaho Succotash
Original Price: $4.25
Serving Size 4 oz. (112g)
Serving per container 1

Veggie Brothers Product Review: Mushroom Risotto

December 21, 2010 By: Megabeth Category: Product Review, Veggie Brothers Reviews

Moving forward, the mushroom risotto is the next side dish to be reviewed as part of the Veggie Brothers review series.

I really like risotto. Nay, I love it. I find it a very soothing dish to make and even more comforting to eat.

I made the Veggie Brothers risotto using the boiling water method.

It was easy as pie (actually pie is a lot harder to prepare than this.)

The risotto was creamy in texture and had an earthy flavor and I could really taste the vegetable broth used. I’m glad this dish lived up to my very high risotto expectations and provides a nice side dish when you are searching for some comfort food.

Mushroom Risotto

Original Price: $4.25
Serving Size 4 oz. (112g)
Serving per container 1

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