After eating a vegan fried egg at Plant Power in San Diego I was determined to replicate it at home! Now, this isn't anything like the vegan fried egg I ate but it too is completely delicious and it fools the mouth and taste buds, conquering exactly what you're looking for in a runny egg yolk!
First off, you'll need to make the flaky buttermilk biscuits from the hot for food cookbook, Vegan Comfort Classics as well as some tempeh bacon or a veggie bacon of your choice but I think that the meaty tempeh works best in this recipe.
If you already made a batch of biscuits for something else then all you need is 4 for this recipe! The tempeh bacon is the same marinade from the cookbook and already on the blog here. To keep things simpler it's a good idea to make the biscuits and bacon in advance and make the egg components and sauteéd veg before serving.
If you're wondering what kind of dishes I used, these were rentals from a prop house and I knew they were perfect, but here's something similar you can look for!
** makes 2 large servings
vegan egg yolk:
4 tbsp melted vegan butter + 2 tbsp (that can be solid and will be added to the hot mixture once thickened)
2 campari / cocktail tomatoes (seeds removed)
1/2 C water
1/4 C unsweetened non-dairy milk
4 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp kala namak/black salt
vegan egg patty:
1 brick med-firm or firm tofu (should a 4-inch wide side)
1 to 2 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying
sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
4 flakey buttermilk biscuits
4 tbsp vegan butter
8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 onions, sliced (about 2 cups sliced)
2 cups baby spinach
To make the egg yolk sauce you'll add the tomatoes, melted vegan butter, water, non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, and turmeric to a blender and blend on high until very smooth.
Add this mixture to a saucepan and whisk over medium heat until thicker, approximately 6 to 9 minutes. Once it's bubbling and thicker you can remove the sauce pan from the heat and set aside.
For the egg patty, ensure to gently squeeze excess water from the brick of tofu with some paper towel or a tea towel. Cut 3 thin slices approximately 1/4-inch thick from the widest side and then cut out circles approximately 3 1/2-inches wide with a cookie cutter or with a knife from the thin slice. Then slice each circle in half lengthwise to make them thinner to 1/8-inch thick. This will require careful cutting and levelling the sharp knife with all your fingers placed on top of the circle of tofu as you slice across. You should have 6 thin discs.
Heat a non-stick pan or cast iron pan over medium-high heat with a coating of vegetable oil.
Add tofu circles once hot and fry for about 3 minutes on the first side. Season with sea salt and ground pepper just before flipping. Then flip the circles of tofu and fry for another 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Remove the circles onto some paper towel and set aside.
Keep the pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of vegan butter as well as the sliced onions and mushrooms. Sauté only stirring occasionally to allow the onions and mushrooms to caramelize for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the biscuits in half and butter them. Once the onions and mushrooms are looking good and pretty much cooked and caramelized, place the biscuits butter side down on top of the onions and mushrooms and place a lid on the pan for 1 to 2 minutes to allow the biscuits to heat through and get soft. Remove them from the pan. Then toss spinach into the onions and mushrooms, stir to combine, and turn off the heat. Place the lid on the pan and the spinach will wilt in a few minutes.
For serving, you will warm up the egg yolk mixture again on low and whisk in the additional 2 tablespoons of vegan butter. Then once heated through remove from the heat and stir in the kala namak just before serving.
Cut the biscuit halves in to chunks and layer in the bottom of your dish. Not every inch of the bottom of the dish needs to be covered by biscuits. I used about 3 to 4 chunks/pieces. Then layer some of the sauteéd veg mixture. Pour on a couple spoonfuls of the egg yolk, then add 2 of the fried tofu circles, add some more egg yolk. Then layer some tempeh bacon, add more biscuit pieces, the sauteéd veg, more egg yolk and then top with 1 tofu circle and a good portion of the egg yolk mixture on top to resemble a runny fried egg. The layering doesn't have to be done in this exact manner but it worked out well for me!
Everything was perfectly eggy and saucey and it looked just like the real thing in my opinion! Every bite had a little bit of everything. You could also try using toast or english muffins instead of biscuits. And of course you could just make this into a breakfast sandwich and skip the layered trifle thing. But it is a nice way to serve this individually! I wouldn't particularly advise making one large trifle because I think i'll just get too messy to serve.
Some other notes... I did try to make the egg yolk differently using slightly different things and different ratios of starches. BUT this was by far the best version. The use of tomatoes I think really makes the difference in taste and texture. The campari tomatoes are what I had on hand and since not all tomatoes are created equal in terms of water content I would stick to using the same ones I did! This egg yolk sauce never got waxy or clumpy looking and that's mainly because of the amount of oil/fat in the sauce and it wasn't gloopy because I didn't use too much cornstarch. So please just follow the recipe and don't eliminate anything... like vegan butter... it will really affect the texture and viscosity of the egg yolky-ness!
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