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Linda Soper-Kolton, Chef, came to the Sanctuary as a guest chef to share her love of compassionate cooking in our then-fledgling culinary program. Lured by the magic of the Sanctuary, her love of animals and the urgency of our mission, Linda stayed on to lead and grow the culinary program, inspiring and educating with love, patience, and delicious food.
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BBQ Jackfruit Nachos

By Chef Linda

Simple or elaborate, one can hardly go wrong when making nachos. This recipe elevates the standard (but scrumptious) bean and vegan cheese version with a southern BBQ twist and uses jackfruit, a versatile fruit that's growing in popularity. Adding flavorful BBQ jackfruit turns this appetizer into a hearty main dish. Add crunchy coleslaw, a bright and lively tomato-avocado salsa, and finally, quick homemade cashew sour cream and you'll see why this new take on nachos will become your favorite! If time is an enemy, store-bought vegan sour cream and salsa will do, but you'll much prefer the homemade touch. Dig in and enjoy!

Ingredients

 2 (20 ounce) cans green jackfruit, in water or brine (not syrup)
 3 large cloves garlic, minced
 2 tablespoons maple syrup
 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
 2 teaspoons chili powder
 2 teaspoons ground cumin
 1 teaspoon salt
 olive oil
 ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (use 1/4 teaspoon for less heat)
 1 cup prepared BBQ sauce
 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
 1 large bag of corn tortilla chips
Coleslaw
 Half a head of a large green or red cabbage, core removed and thinly sliced or shredded, about 3 to 4 cups
 ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
 ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 1 teaspoon salt
 ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Cashew Sour Cream (or substitute store-bought, nut-free, if you prefer)
 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes
 1 cup water
 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 ¼ teaspoon salt
Tomato-Avocado Salsa
 2 large tomatoes, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
 1 large avocado, pitted and diced into 1/4-inch pieces
 2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
 ¼ cup fresh lime juice
 ¼ cup pitted, chopped black olives
  Generous pinch of salt
Other Optional Toppings
  Pickled onions
  Jalapeños
 Shredded vegan cheese

Directions

1

Empty jackfruit into a strainer and rinse. Transfer jackfruit to the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times until chopped. Don't over-process; the jackfruit should have texture to it. Alternatively, you can chop jackfruit with a knife.

In a large bowl, mix garlic, syrup, mustard, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Transfer jackfruit to the bowl and stir everything together.

Place a medium pan over medium heat and drizzle with a little olive oil. When the oil is warm, add the jackfruit. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When jackfruit is cooked through and spices are fragrant, add black beans and BBQ sauce and stir to mix. Cook for another 8 to 10 minutes. Can be made several days in advance and reheated before making nachos.

To make the coleslaw, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, syrup, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add sliced cabbage to the bowl and toss to coat the cabbage with the dressing. Set aside. When ready to serve, drain off some of the excess liquid and toss again.

To make the sour cream, drain and rinse the cashews and place in a blender. Add water, lemon juice, and salt. Blend on high speed until smooth and glossy, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. Add more water, by the tablespoon, if necessary. Taste and adjust the flavor by adding more lemon juice or salt. This can be made several days in advance and chilled or make and serve immediately. The sour cream will thicken up after chilling. Thin with water if necessary after chilling.

To make the tomato-avocado salsa, place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.

To assemble nachos, arrange a layer of corn chips on a large platter or smaller plates. Spoon about half of the jackfruit-bean mixture on top of the chips. Spoon on the coleslaw, then the tomato-avocado salsa. Drizzle with cashew sour cream. Repeat layers using remaining ingredients. Serve immediately. If adding vegan cheese, place under the broiler for a few minutes to melt.

BBQ Jackfruit Nachos

BBQ Jackfruit Nachos

DifficultyModerateCook Time30 mins
YIELDS
Serves 4 to 6 healthy portions

BBQ Jackfruit Nachos
INGREDIENTS

 2 (20 ounce) cans green jackfruit, in water or brine (not syrup)
 3 large cloves garlic, minced
 2 tablespoons maple syrup
 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
 2 teaspoons chili powder
 2 teaspoons ground cumin
 1 teaspoon salt
 olive oil
 ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (use 1/4 teaspoon for less heat)
 1 cup prepared BBQ sauce
 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
 1 large bag of corn tortilla chips
Coleslaw
 Half a head of a large green or red cabbage, core removed and thinly sliced or shredded, about 3 to 4 cups
 ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
 ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 1 teaspoon salt
 ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Cashew Sour Cream (or substitute store-bought, nut-free, if you prefer)
 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes
 1 cup water
 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 ¼ teaspoon salt
Tomato-Avocado Salsa
 2 large tomatoes, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
 1 large avocado, pitted and diced into 1/4-inch pieces
 2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
 ¼ cup fresh lime juice
 ¼ cup pitted, chopped black olives
  Generous pinch of salt
Other Optional Toppings
  Pickled onions
  Jalapeños
 Shredded vegan cheese

DIRECTIONS

1

Empty jackfruit into a strainer and rinse. Transfer jackfruit to the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times until chopped. Don't over-process; the jackfruit should have texture to it. Alternatively, you can chop jackfruit with a knife.

In a large bowl, mix garlic, syrup, mustard, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Transfer jackfruit to the bowl and stir everything together.

Place a medium pan over medium heat and drizzle with a little olive oil. When the oil is warm, add the jackfruit. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When jackfruit is cooked through and spices are fragrant, add black beans and BBQ sauce and stir to mix. Cook for another 8 to 10 minutes. Can be made several days in advance and reheated before making nachos.

To make the coleslaw, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, syrup, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add sliced cabbage to the bowl and toss to coat the cabbage with the dressing. Set aside. When ready to serve, drain off some of the excess liquid and toss again.

To make the sour cream, drain and rinse the cashews and place in a blender. Add water, lemon juice, and salt. Blend on high speed until smooth and glossy, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. Add more water, by the tablespoon, if necessary. Taste and adjust the flavor by adding more lemon juice or salt. This can be made several days in advance and chilled or make and serve immediately. The sour cream will thicken up after chilling. Thin with water if necessary after chilling.

To make the tomato-avocado salsa, place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.

To assemble nachos, arrange a layer of corn chips on a large platter or smaller plates. Spoon about half of the jackfruit-bean mixture on top of the chips. Spoon on the coleslaw, then the tomato-avocado salsa. Drizzle with cashew sour cream. Repeat layers using remaining ingredients. Serve immediately. If adding vegan cheese, place under the broiler for a few minutes to melt.

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