This week, we review buffalo-ranch potato nuggets, spicy McClure's Pickles, and Gardein Ultimate Plant Based Chick'n Nuggets.
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Buffalo ranch potato nuggets from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen
Dave saw our friend, Dianne, share her recipe for buffalo ranch potato nuggets on Twitter and was intrigued. Since we had all of the ingredients in the house already, I made them for dinner that very night. We served them as our starchy side along with the Gardein Ultimate Plant Based Chick'n Nuggets.
The base for these is basically seasoned, mashed potatoes. You form it into balls and bake it, then smother them with buttery buffalo sauce and vegan ranch.
Oh my word! We both loved these and will definitely be making them again.
Dave didn't realize that the bottle of ranch I left on the counter was also for the nuggets, so he hasn't even had the full experience, but he still loved these. To him, the buffalo sauce-vegan butter mixture felt like a spicy glaze, and he was into it!
For my plate, I used the buffalo sauce and Simple Truth Plant Based Ranch. Y'all. The soft, tender potato nuggets were so lovely toped with tangy, spicy buffalo sauce and creamy ranch dressing!
I can't wait to eat them again!
McClure's Pickles review
This week, Dave introduced a new segment: Do you wanna have a snack?
We both love pickles, and he came home the other day with a big ol' jar of spicy spears from McClure's Pickles for us to try.
He had one with his lunch the day we recorded, but I hadn't gotten a chance to try them yet, so we ate them right on the pod.
For me, these were a solid pickle. They had a nice crunch, an aggressive heat, and nice, balanced flavor. If you like a spicy pickle, definitely pick these up!
Dave also like them, though he wasn't as in love with the texture as I was. He kept saying he missed the "snap" of a firmer pickle. After talking about it, we think what he's missing is the texture of a whole, pickled cuke -- the snap of the skin. That's tough to get with a spear!
These are just an all-around nice, spicy dill pickle with a good crunch. Recommended!
Gardein Ultimate Plant Based Chick'n Nuggets review
We served up these vegan chicken nuggets alongside the potato puffs with a side of roasted broccoli.
The bulk of the nuggets are made from a combination of soy and pea protein and wheat gluten. They are smaller but fatter than Gardein's vegan tenders and their other line of nuggets.
Dave felt like calling them "ultimate" when they were smaller was the wrong move, but I thought that was meant to refer to the texture rather than the size.
And wow, what a texture!
The breading was nice and light, so the meaty texture inside really shone through. I was so struck by the texture of these that I ran into the kitchen to take a poorly-lit bite shot, so you could see for yourself.
These nuggets have the piecey striations that I remember in animal-based chicken. They were lovely as-is, and I liked them even more dipped in BBQ sauce!
Dave agreed that the taste and texture were good, but I can't stress enough how hung up he was on the word ultimate in their branding. He didn't find it quite as meaty as I did, though.
Have you had Gardein Ultimate Plant Based Chick'n Nuggets yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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