Pulled pork is one of my tried and true dishes and it was one of Hannah's favorite meals. About a year into our vegetarianism, it was time for a meatless version. I'm not a big fan of soy based meat alternatives, but will often use mushrooms as a meat replacer as they have a hearty texture and quality. After a little experimenting, I came up with "Pulled 'Shrooms". They're delicious served on a bun and give you that same satisfying sensation of biting into a pulled pork sandwich. I kept the recipe very simple, since I am often doing double duty (cooking veg and non veggie meals at the same time).
Not only is this a quick and easy weeknight meal, it's a perfect addition to your Superbowl menu if you have Veggie friends.
Vegetarian Pulled "Pork" Sandwiches
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil*
2 10-ounce packages sliced mushrooms ( I like to use a combination of white and shiitake mushrooms)
2 cloves garlic, pressed
3/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce (you can make you're own, but there are so many good prepared varieties out there)
1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable broth
4 to 6 sandwich buns
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and saute mushrooms and garlic about 6 to 8 minutes until tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in barbecue sauce and bring to a boil. Add vegetable broth until desired consistency; return to a boil reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Serve on buns.
* I prefer to use butter, but this recipe can easily be vegan by using oil instead of butter and using vegan buns.