I tried out Rabbit and Wolves’ Vegan Hearts of Palm Po’ Boys. Please read on to see what I thought of it.
Lately I’ve been trying to become more acquainted with classic American foods (see vegan meatloaf). During my research I came across something I’ve never heard of before, a po’ boy. What is a po’ boy? It’s a sandwich from Louisiana that’s typically made with meat or seafood, lettuce, tomato, pickles, a creamy sauce, and all on a French baguette. I’m not sure where the name comes from, but the ingredients list made it still worth trying in the kitchen.
I ended up at one of my favorite blogs, Rabbit and Wolves, to get a sense of what it should be like. The recipe calls for ingredients that are usually on hand, save for the star ingredient. Lucky for me I already had a few cans of hearts of palm from when I experimented with making a vegan ceviche salad. The method was pretty straight forward too. Gather and prep your ingredients, batter the hearts of palm, bake until golden brown, then assemble the sandwiches. I like that this recipe was easy to put together in not a lot of time.
The key ingredient: canned hearts of palm, drained and rinsed.
All purpose flour and panko breadcrumbs for the dipping batter.
The hearts of palm all battered up and ready to go into the toaster oven.
Hearts of palm post-toaster oven: crispy goodness!
The verdict: Pretty good!
Again I’ve never had the real deal, so I don’t know how it compares to that. But this on its own is a pretty decent sandwich. I like the different textures of the smooth heart of palm in contrast with the crunchy outer coating. I enjoyed the creamy sauce, but I might add more seasonings to make it a bit spicier next time. In the house the opinions were divided: my significant other didn’t enjoy the tangy flavor of the hearts of palm, while my brother and I loved that aspect. All in all, this vegan hearts of palm po’ boys recipe will be something I’ll try out again with minor tweaks respective to my guests’ tastes. Thanks R&W!
What’s your favorite recipe from Rabbit and Wolves? Let me know in the comments!