With its crunchy coating, meaty texture, and cheesy filling, cordon bleu is such an irresistible dish. So, we thought, why not make a healthier, plant-based, and dairy-free option? After much experimenting, here is our mouthwatering vegan cordon bleu, sure to surprise you and become your next dinner favourite.
Classic Swiss cordon bleu consists of pound meat like veal, chicken, or pork, wrapped around cheese and ham, then breaded and pan-fried. In our recipe, we made a meat-free base using jackfruit and white beans. Then, we swapped ham and cheese with carrot ribbons and vegan cheddar slices. Finally, we oven-baked the roll instead of frying it to keep the fats low.
After the success of our jackfruit nuggets and burger, we decided to use this versatile tropical fruit once again as a meat substitute. It has a fleshy texture and a neutral flavour, exactly what we need in a plant-based alternative to beef and chicken. We paired jackfruit with white beans to balance the cordon bleu with a source of proteins and add creaminess.
We blended jackfruit and beans with nutritional yeast, wholemeal flour, onion, garlic powder, and olive oil. These ingredients help to give structure, flavour, and richness to the vegan cordon bleu. As for the filling, we found that carrot ribbons make a colourful substitute for ham. Just shave carrots with a potato peeler, and you're done - so easy! You can also use zucchini or mushrooms as a tasty alternative.
Finally, we coated the cordon bleu roll with crunchy breadcrumbs and oven-baked it until golden. The result is a delicious meat-free cordon bleu, full of flavour and texture. It's so meaty and oozing with cheese you won't believe it's 100% vegan.
Enjoy this vegan cordon bleu while it's still warm, cut into slices, and serve it with a side salad. Compared to the classic recipe, ours has half the fats and double the fibres, all in just 265 calories. Awesome!