When I first cracked open Annie and Dan Shannon's Betty Goes Vegan, I was immediately drawn to a gorgeous full-color photo labeled "vegan fried egg." It looked to be a slab of fried tofu with a yolky center. I flipped to the recipe and learned that the "yolk" is actually Dan's famous homemade vegan cheese sauce. Look!! I cut into my first Vegan Fried Egg to show off its yolky center:
I'm a sucker for a fried egg. When I was a kid, few things satisfied me more than fried egg sandwiches with mustard. That's what my little friends and I would make when we'd have slumber parties. That's what I often made for a quick dinner or late-night snack in college. Now, when I was frying actual chicken eggs, I did not care for runny yolk. Gross.
But since going vegan, when I've experimented with vegan egg stuff, like the Vegg or Rocky Shepherd's (the inventor of Vegg) pre-Vegg sunny side up vegan fried egg, I've found that I enjoy a little yolky texture. Real yolk is gross. It's chicken embryo food. Disgusting. But vegan versions are made with real people food. Like Dan's Cheezy Sauce, a creamy, nutritional yeast-heavy homemade sauce.
But how does the fried tofu get a yolky center? I wondered the same upon seeing the picture in Betty Goes Vegan. The recipe calls for something called a "flavor injector." So I hit up Lit, Memphis' homegrown restaurant supply store, and found this mysterious needle that's apparently most often used to inject marinades into meats. I took it home, whipped up the cheeze, and sliced some tofu. Then I started injecting!
Looks crazy, huh? Basically, you inject the sauce until the tofu starts to bubble. But you have to stop before the tofu bursts. Out of four slices, I only popped one. For breakfast yesterday, I enjoyed an "egg" with some Ezekial toast slathered with Earth Balance and Marmite and a bowl of melon (for good measure).
A number of the breakfast recipes in Betty Goes Vegan call for the Vegan Fried Egg. There's No-Huevos Rancheros ("eggs," guacamole, corn tortillas, peppers, and onions), the #1 Breakfast Sandwich ("eggs," Daiya, tempeh bacon, and kale on whole wheat), Turkish Vegan Eggs ("eggs," peppers, spices, and sour cream), and the Grand Vegan Breakfast (an English breakfast of "eggs," vegan sausage, baked beans, taters, vegan bacon, tomato, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and toast).
Or you could just stack some "eggs" between whole grain toast and add a squirt of mustard, Bianca-style.
This is some serious stuff, injecting texture inside.
Any recipe that calls for props is a winner with me! This looks crazy and so good!
Haha, the flavor injector makes me laugh but the fried egg looks so, so worth it!
I hate eggs so much that even a vegan version freaks me out! LOL!
Well that is pretty much genius!
Haha, a flavour injector, that's hilarious! Do you think you could use that for cupcakes? Giving them a yummy filling? If so I want one!
I never liked eggs- fried, boiled, poached or otherwise but I think I'd like a tofu version.
Heard about Betty goes Vegan on the "Our Hen House" podcast- Dan and Annie sound like a great couple.
that's freakin awesome! love the vegan creativity.
Oh wow! That looks so awesome, I might have to try injecting The Vegg into some tofu asap!
I prefer ketchup to mustard, but that would make a GREAT eggy sandwich!
That vegan fried egg on some whole wheat toast with ketchup, mustard, sprouts, thick slices of tomato, some avocado, a sprinkle of salt and lots of pepper would make for a killer sammy! Your fried eggs look so tasty. Did it taste like it was indeed injected with flavor?
I'm the same- wouldn't like a runny yolk in real life, but this looks awesome!
Oh this looks so delicious! I am new to your blog and love finding other bloggers from Tennessee!!
Yay! I've made these before from when they posted the recipe on their blog! They were so much fun to make and very tasty! Also, don't I remember you eating your fried egg sandwiches with bbq sauce as well?!
I recently decided to be vegan, and your book was one of the first I bought. I'm so glad I did! Thank you for understanding what's important -- chicken fried anything, for one thing, I can't be happy without it. ;) This one looks like another winner!
Haha Sheridan! We TOTALLY had fried egg sandwiches with BBQ sauce! I forgot about the BBQ sauce!
This book is getting popular on the interwebz! I absolutely love this concept and want to play around with it in the future, I never would've thought to "inject" tofu! Way too cool.
Looks yummy, although I am not allowing to buy myself any more kitchen gadgets with my hefty credit card bill.
Did you just fry up the tofu with some seasonings after the injection?
Yep Ameila! I fried the tofu in a tiny bit of coconut oil and seasoned it with black pepper and black salt.
I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book, the first recipe I am checking out is this one!
and from my Mia Wallace Halloween costume, I still have the very large syringe I attached to my bustier... I bet that could double as a flavor injector ;)
That looks amazing! I too am an admitted former fried egg junkie. Using the injector is such a creative idea, I bet there's a lot of uses for that bad boy once you have one.
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