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what to substitute for beef in stuffed onions recipe

nazinbrooklyn Jun 27, 2012 10:32 AM

I would love to make a vegetarian version of this stuffed onions recipe from the May issue of Bon Appetit. The recipe calls for beef or lamb and it is seasoned with garlic and spices and filled into the roasted onions.


Potatoes? Chickpeas? Something hearty that can stand up to all the flavors and cooking, I think. I usually try to avoid fake meat but if you have a suggestion for something that might work really well, would love to know. Thanks.

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    magiesmom Aug 17, 2012 08:26 AM

    I would use toasted bulgur, mushrooms and chopped walnuts and maybe some frozen and grated tofu.

    1. mbe Aug 17, 2012 06:29 AM

      a coarse cooked or semi-cooked bulgur would likely work.. maybe 1/2 1/2 with some small lentils

      1. Peaches to Poutine Aug 17, 2012 04:59 AM

        Homemade seitan (I find any of the recipes for it in Julie Hassan's Vegan Diner cookbook to be superlative) ground like beef. Voila! It would be amazing!

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          escondido123 Jul 5, 2012 10:11 AM

          I would use a mix of mushrooms chopped and then sauteed until brown. I also might consider using a brown rice to add another nutty layer of flavor.

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            CanadaGirl Jul 5, 2012 10:13 AM

            I immediately thought of well browned mushrooms too.

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              femmevox Aug 16, 2012 06:17 PM

              I think tofu frozen solid, then thawed, crumbled, then stirfried with shoyu, is a perfect meat substiute.

              Lentils would work too.

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            antimony Jul 5, 2012 07:34 AM

            I think both of your original suggestions -- potatoes or chickpeas (mash them a bit) would work well -- they'd change the dish, but they'd absorb the flavors nicely. Or maybe a mix of potatoes and some sort of lentil, although with lentils I'd up the spices, since I find lentils sort of exude blandness.

            Or maybe cauliflower.

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              jennymoon Jul 4, 2012 01:29 PM

              I would use puy lentils and/or finely chopped tempeh. Tempeh has a satisfying texture and soaks up other flavors really well. Did you make this yet?

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                alc Jul 3, 2012 03:09 PM

                Another poster on another thread suggested Harmony Valley burger mix I tried it the other day and really liked it. That would stand in for the ground beef in any stuffed onion recipe.

                1. choctastic Jul 1, 2012 07:47 PM

                  I would add well-crumbled extra-firm tofu.

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                    Kris in Beijing Jul 1, 2012 08:03 PM

                    +1 on extra firm tofu. Soak it first in

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                    ferret Jun 27, 2012 10:34 AM

                    Beans of any kind; lentils and couscous/quinoa.

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