Everything I ate in Portland during Vida Vegan Con was magical, and I wish I could recreate every dish. But the moment I bit into my MacNoCheeto Wrap from Homegrown Smoker, I knew this was a dish I'd be making over and over when I got back home.
We're talkin' BBQ Soy Curls, vegan mac & cheese, baked beans, and sauteed green bell peppers all wrapped up in a giant tortilla. That's, like, my dream meal. Plus, it's so easy to recreate. I finally got around to it this week. Here's my DIY MacNoCheeto Wrap:
I really don't have a recipe because it's so darn easy. I just rehydrated some Soy Curls for a few minutes in boiling water and then drained the water off. Then I sauteed a thinly sliced bell pepper in a teaspoon of olive oil for a few minutes, and then added the Soy Curls and a few tablespoons of my homemade barbecue sauce. I heated that until the sauce was absorbed and the peppers were soft.
For the macaroni, I totally cheated and used a package of Leahey Gardens vegan macaroni and cheese. But you could just as easily make your own basic nutritional yeast cheese sauce and pour it over some elbow macaroni. The baked beans were Bush's Vegetarian Baked Beans from a can. And the tortilla was Cedar's whole wheat Mountain Bread.
To assemble, I placed a half-cup of the Soy Curl mixture, a half-cup of the macaroni, and a quarter-cup of the baked beans onto the wrap and rolled up. Voila! Just as tasty as what I remember from Homegrown Smoker, but not quite as monstrously big.
By the way, JL of JL Goes Vegan has also recreated the MacNoCheeto since she's returned home from Portland. Her's is slightly different and includes a recipe for homemade Mac 'n' Rice!
What dish from a restaurant have you recreated or would like to try and recreate?