Monday, January 30, 2012

Vegetarian Pulled "Pork" Sandwiches

When you become a vegetarian there are certain foods that you will likely always miss eating.  I enjoy the challenge of trying to recreate favorite dishes, minus the meat.
Pulled pork is one of my tried and true dishes and it was one of Hannah's favorite meals.  About a year into our vegetarianism, it was time for a meatless version.  I'm not a big fan of soy based meat alternatives, but will often use mushrooms as a meat replacer as they have a hearty texture and quality.  After a little experimenting, I came up with "Pulled 'Shrooms".  They're delicious served on a bun and give you that same satisfying sensation of biting into a pulled pork sandwich.  I kept the recipe very simple, since I am often doing double duty (cooking veg and non veggie meals at the same time).

Not only is this a quick and easy weeknight meal, it's a perfect addition to your Superbowl menu if you have Veggie friends.

Vegetarian Pulled "Pork" Sandwiches

1 tablespoon butter or olive oil*
2 10-ounce packages sliced mushrooms ( I like to use a combination of white and shiitake mushrooms)
2 cloves garlic, pressed
3/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce (you can make you're own, but there are so many good prepared varieties out there)
1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable broth
4 to 6 sandwich buns

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and saute mushrooms and garlic about 6 to 8 minutes until tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally.  Stir in barbecue sauce and bring to a boil.  Add vegetable broth until desired consistency; return to a boil reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Serve on buns.

* I prefer to use butter, but this recipe can easily be vegan by using oil instead of butter and using vegan buns.


  1. I love mushrooms!!! I'm going to try this!! maybe add a side of cole slaw! :)

  2. Good idea! I'll be posting a simple slaw recipe tomorrow when I post the 'traditional' pulled pork.