I was slow to ‘join the bandwagon’ of plant-based protein meat-substitutes, then a purveyor gave me samples, and I thought I should give it a try. These are not your typical ‘veggie’ burgers. These are patties made with green pea protein and with a texture and mouth feel thought to imitate ground beef.
I made a couple of traditional ‘burgers’; pan-sautéed with traditional burger toppings. The texture was indeed very ‘meat-like ‘and it looked like a sautéed beef patty in the pan, but the flavor was a bit more vegetal than beefy.
And then I wondered how Beyond Meat® could be used in other ways…how about a traditional Italian Bolognese meat sauce for example? Would the tomatoes and other traditional Bolognese sauce ingredients make a satisfying sauce without the addition of pork, beef or my beloved pancetta?
Well, you be the judge.
The following is my version of a Beyond Meat® Bolognese sauce.
Without the beef. Without the pork. And without the pancetta.
And yes…… I can hear you Italian purists scoffing at me!