Yves Barbecue Beef Skewers
While I'm not a big fan of "faux" meats, there are some really great products out there these days: Gardenburger BBQ Riblets and Chick'n Grills, Morningstar Bacon Stips and Sausage Patties, Yves Canadian Bacon and Pizza Pepperoni are all favorites.
With hubby not being a vegetarian, I am increasingly tempted to try some of the faux beef options. He loves Gardenburger's BBQ riblets, so last night we tried Yves new Meatless Barbecue Beef Skewers.
I was surprised on removing them from the package that they looked nothing like the kidney-shaped pieces on the front photo, but were instead a smooth and shiny single log on a skewer. Even more surprising, they had no smell when I removed them from the package. Described as "seasoned to perfection" and clearly in some kind of sauce, I expected a BBQ smell. I sniffed and smelled a dull seitan smell. Hmm...
The cooking instructions were also surprising: "lightly brush with oil, cook at medium heat for 12-15 mintues, browning all sides." 12-15 minutes seemed like an awfully long time - most other products are very careful to remind you to cook them for only a couple of minutes. I used my stovetop grill pan and grilled the skewers along with chunks of onions and green peppers. I then made up a big taco salad (beans, cheese, salsa, guacamole) as a substantial side dish.
Needless to say, we needed the substantial side dish. The skewers were rubbery, with a strong plain seitan flavor. I doused them in salsa, but we still couldn't eat them. They were also very visually unappealing. Maybe a very flavorful BBQ sauce would have worked wonders here, but we were too put off to keep trying.
If someone had a good experience with this new product, I'd love to hear about it. I should point out that Yves Barbecue Beef Skewers aren't vegan, as they contain egg ingredients.