Spencer’s Market is an online site that’s chock full of vegan products. As Mac perused the site one fine evening, she came across a product called Soy Curls made by Butler Foods. According to Butler Foods website, “Soy Curls are made from delicately textured select, non-GMO, whole soybeans,” and are “all natural alternative to meat that are heart healthy, delicious and easy to use.” Seeing how they looked, and how others have used them, we decided to order a bag.
…And are we glad we did!
At first, Mac thought they were weird. The curls looked like some sort of fried “sticks” that smelled like cereal. But if you know us, you know we’re not afraid to try new things. So, Mac followed the directions to soak the curls in water for about 10 minutes, drain and then use as we wish. She figured out that after all was ready, we had about 4.5 cups to use in a variety of dishes.
First, Mac took about a cup and a 1/2 (2 servings) to make delicious Sunday lunch of spicy, sweet kale, curls cooked in salsa and then topped with a dollop of vegan queso and sour cream. We were surprised by chewy, not rubbery, texture. We expected the curls to taste more like basic tofu, but they were full of flavor.
We enjoyed our lunch so much that we were inspired to use them in a fried rice dish that evening for dinner. The Soy Curls held up nicely with the broccoli, carrots, onion, sesame seeds and brown rice.
We were eager to have more of the Soy Curls in another dish, but we were determined to save them for something “special.” In having our own mini Mardi Gras celebration at home, Mac decided to veganize Jambalaya, where she used the Soy Curls as one of the “meat” ingredients!
Compared to other textured soy products, which can be bland, Butler’s Soy Curls are versatile and take on the flavor of whatever is cooked with them. They would go great with just about any meal including soups, chili, salads, etc. We look forward to getting Soy Curls and trying them in more recipes in the near future!