On its own, jackfruit is a sweet, flavorful fruit reminiscent of a tropical holiday. When used as a meat alternative, this trendy treat adds new dimension — and less fat — to some of your favorite foods. You can usually find canned jackfruit at your local Asian market, or buy it online.
For those who prefer the fresh variety, watch our video on how to cut a jackfruit.
Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches
To kick up the “crunch,” add crumbled cashews.
Yields 8 servings
1 (8-ounce) bag coleslaw mix
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 (20-ounce) cans jackfruit, in brine
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
Salt and black pepper
8 hamburger or slider buns
In a medium bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
If using canned jackfruit, rinse it and pat dry. In a large bowl, combine the jackfruit with the chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the jackfruit and cook, tossing occasionally for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the barbecue sauce to the skillet, along with 3 cups water; stir, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 45 to 50 minutes. Uncover the skillet, turn heat to high and simmer until the color has deepened and the sauce is thick, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Using a potato masher or wooden spoon, smash the jackfruit until it resembles the consistency of pulled pork. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on hamburger or slider buns topped with coleslaw.
Recipe adapted from the Food Network.