Fish and Chips with Minty Mushy Peas

Fish and Chips with Minty Mushy Peas

It’s nice to be back in the kitchen! I’ve been super busy the last couple of weeks, and I am excited to be working on a few new recipes. Before I became a vegan, one of my favorite things to eat was fish at the local VFW hall on Fridays during the Lenten season. Though I’m not a Catholic, there are a few of their traditions that I really enjoyed! I tried using hearts of palm and other substitutes for fish. However, using banana blossoms has proved to be hands-down the best option! I like to add a bit of ground seaweed to the beer batter, which gives it a nice fishy flavor. I also love the minty mushy peas as a side! And last we cannot forget the chips! Large russet potatoes cut into thick batons and lightly fried make this girl super happy! 😋


Banana blossom, also known as a “banana heart,” is a fleshy, purple-skinned flower, shaped like a tear, which grows at the end of a banana fruit cluster. They are very flakey, making them a perfect substitute for fish. The family to whom banana belongs is called Musaceae as banana blossom, represent a valuable source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, minerals, fatty acid content, flavonoids, saponin, essential and non-essential amino acid, tannins, glycoside, and steroid. Banana flower is also a good antioxidant source.


There is a little bit of prep that needs to be done ahead of time. So be sure to read through the whole recipe first. You can make the peas and tartar sauce as early as much as a day ahead. This is a perfect meat-free meal that even your fish-eating friends will love! Enjoy!


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Fish and Chips with Minty Mushy Peas

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

There is some prep for this recipe.  You will want to rinse the banana blossoms and get them in the freezer while you make the other ingredients.  Make the peas and tartar sauce first. And then make potatoes and the fish last.  


Ingredients

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Peas:

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Fish:

  • 2 (18 oz) cans banana blossoms, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rice flour (used as pre-coat; can use regular flour if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon kelp powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup beer (I used an IPA)
  • 3/4 cup seltzer or sparkling water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Malt vinegar, for serving

Potatoes:

  • 4 russet potatoes, sliced each into 8 wedges
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt, (adjust to your tastes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (garnish)

Vegan Tartar Sauce:

  • ¼ cup (58 g) vegan mayo
  • 1 tbsp (10 g) minced cornichons (small pickles)
  • 2 tsp (20 g) caper, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) white vinegar
  • ½ tsp dijon
  • 1 tsp (2 g) fresh dill, chopped
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Instructions

Tartar Sauce:

Mix all ingredients  in a small bowl and refrigerate immediately. 

Peas:

  1. Bring 6 cups of generously salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the frozen peas and mint and cook for 4 minutes—Reserve 3 tablespoons of the hot cooking water. Drain the peas and mint and return to the pan. Immediately add butter, lemon zest, and cooking water—season with salt and pepper. Roughly mash the peas with a potato masher or food processor. Cover and set aside. You can use the peas in rough purée form, but if you want a very fine, smooth purée, push the mixture through a fine sieve. (I like to save about 1/4 cup of whole peas to add to puree). 

Potatoes:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Wash the potatoes (I did not peel mine) with cold water to remove some of the surface dirt and dry well. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise, slice each half in half again and then slice each half in half again. You should have a total of 8 slices per potato. Blanch the potatoes in hot (not boiling) water for 10-12 minutes to release their starches. You can skip this step, but your potatoes will not be as crisp.  
  2. Drain potatoes, shaking well to remove excess water. Lightly pat them dry and add potatoes to a medium-size bowl. Add olive oil and toss well. Combine spices in a small bowl and sprinkle over potatoes. Toss well to coat. Place potatoes cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in an *air fryer. (Depending on the size of your pan, you may have to use two baking sheets. If so, rotate pans when you pull them to flip the potatoes at the halfway baking point, about 30 minutes)
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and, using a spatula, carefully flip the potatoes. Rotate pans if you used more than one. 
  4. Return to oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. (You can reduce the oven to 200° and keep potatoes warm while fillets cook). 
  5. Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot. 

Fish:

  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven or wok to 345° F. Turn oven down to 200° F. Whisk together flour, baking soda, kelp powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Pour in the beer, sparkling water, and lemon juice and mix just until combined (do not over-mix). Keep the batter refrigerated until ready to use. 
  2. Drain the banana blossoms, then shape them into filets. Wrap the blossoms in clean kitchen towels and squeeze out all of the brine.
  3. Cover and place in the freezer for 1 hour.
  4. Remove from the freezer and sprinkle the blossoms with salt and pepper. Coat the blossoms in rice flour and then dip into the batter to completely coat. Carefully swish the blossoms partway into the oil for a few seconds before completely releasing. Once the coating starts to set on the first fillet, you can add another battered fillet into the oil. Fry until the blossom is puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 5 minutes for thin fillets or 7 minutes for thick fillets, and then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Cook the remaining fillets and sprinkle with salt. 
  5. To serve, reheat the mushy peas if necessary. Serve the fish with chips, mushy peas, and malt vinegar on the side.

Notes

*If using air fryer bake at 390°F for 12-15 minutes.  You will have to do this in batches so whey they’ve cooked you will need to place them in a low (200°F oven) to keep warm.  

Asada Mushroom Tacos

Asada Mushroom Tacos

I have an obsession with tacos, and my love for them is deep. Before I became a vegan, my absolute favorite taco was a simple Carne Asada taco with cilantro and white onion. A traditional Asada is made with flank steak. But alas, with those meat-eating days behind me, I’ve searched long and hard for a reasonable substitute. Enter the mighty portobello mushroom.

Mushrooms work great in this Asada because they love to soak up the flavor of a marinade. And flavor they shall have! My first version of this recipe used a whole chipotle pepper that I minced and added to the marinade. As a girl who likes her food spicy, I have to say the heat overshadows the mushrooms’ delicious umami flavor. So I cut back on the heat and kept it simple. This recipe goes down as one of my all-time favorite taco recipes using fresh cilantro leaves, freshly squeezed orange and lime juice, cumin, and chili powder.

If you don’t like cilantro, no worries, you can use epazote, another aromatic herb with notes of oregano, anise, citrus, and mint. You can find it at most Hispanic grocery stores or, of course, on Amazon! You can use a steak portobello mushrooms or I just used some sliced Cremini mushrooms that I already had. I will make these again when the weather warms up and throw some marinated portobellos on the grill! Enjoy!


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Asada Mushroom Tacos

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 Tacos 1x

Description

Yummy Mushroom Asada tacos!   I used a pineapple jalapeño salsa as a topper and it was divine! 


Ingredients

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  • 16 oz sliced portobello mushroom caps, or cremini mushrooms, stemmed and cleaned
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, or epazote
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Tamari, or liquid aminos
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Marinade:

  • Whisk cilantro, orange juice, lime juice, aminos, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper in a large bowl or shallow dish to combine.
  • Add the mushrooms and gently toss until they’re fully coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to an hour. (These can be made up to 24 hours ahead). Give the mushrooms a good toss every 10 to 15 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove mushrooms and reserve 1 cup of the marinade.
  • Heat a cast-iron or other large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is heated, add olive oil. Once the oil is shimmering, place the mushrooms in an even layer and cook, making sure not to touch them until most of the moisture has cooked out of them, about 10 minutes.
  • While the mushrooms are sautéing, warm the tortillas on a comal or other small non-stick skillet on the stovetop. Once tortillas are warmed and slightly browned, cover with a paper towel and place on a baking sheet in a low oven, or use the “warm hold” feature on the microwave. 
  • When most of the moisture has evaporated, add 1/2 cup of the marinade and stir. Continue to cook and repeat with remaining marinade, stirring often for another 5 to 10 minutes. The mushrooms should be caramelized and slightly crisped around the edges.
  • Serve on warm tortillas and top with salsa, cilantro.