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Deep-Fried Vegan Mac and Cheese

DEEP-FRIED VEGAN MAC AND CHEESE


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Ingredients

  • One can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp coconut vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp agar powder
  • a few dashes of white pepper
  • 1 TB tapioca flour dissolved in 1 TB water
  • 2 TB nooch
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ener-G, whisked with 5 TB water
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • plenty of canola oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, place the coconut milk into a separate small saucepan and whisk over medium heat. Add in the coconut vinegar, salt, agar powder and white pepper. Whisk briskly until it comes to a small boil. Remove from the heat and add in the tapioca flour/water mixture and the nooch. Whisk until well combined.
  3. When your macaroni is ready, use a skimmer to transfer the pasta to the cheese mixture. Stir well and place the entire pot into the freezer for about 45 minutes. Stir it occasionally and, if it gets too thick or cold, remove it from the freezer.
  4. Spray a large pyrex glass dish with a little cooking spray. Shape the cold macaroni and cheese into golfball-sized bites and place them into the glassware. Then return it to the freezer for about an hour and a half.
  5. When you are ready to fry, place plenty of canola oil into a small saucepan over medium high heat. After about seven minutes, insert a wooden spoon into the bottom of the pan. If bubbles form around the spoon immediately, you are ready to fry.
  6. Remove the macaroni from the freezer. Set up a shallow bowl with the Ener-G/water mixture. In another shallow bowl, mix together the panko, cornstarch and salt.
  7. Dip the macaroni bites first into the Ener-G, then coat in the panko mixture. Slowly slide it into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Only fry 2-3 bites at a time. Overcrowding the oil with cold items will reduce the oil’s temperature and you’ll be left with soggy and oily macaroni.
  8. Remove from the oil and place on paper towels to drain. Sprinkle immediately with a little salt. Serve immediately.