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Vegetarian Ribs
July 21, 2010

I haven't eaten meat in eleven years, and ribs are the only thing I miss. I happen to be very forgiving of any vegetarian "meat" substitutes; because it's been so long, I can hardly tell anymore that veggie burgers don't taste exactly like the real thing. So I had high hopes for these, especially given all the positive reviews. Unfortunately, they're not to my liking. I wish I had something to compare them to, but the texture isn't like anything I've ever had before or ever care to try again. Despite the attempts of the paprika and onion to add flavor, these taste like some kind of bland, chewy blob soaked in barbeque sauce. Which makes me like barbeque sauce less, since it's meant to enhance flavor, not BE the only flavor. I had some amazing vegetarian ribs at B. Smith's when I was visiting a friend in DC, but unfortunately I live in Milwaukee... and they were $19. So I will continue searching for a recipe that calls for carmelized sweet potatoes, in the hope that it will be closer, since that's what those were made of. If you're going to try these, I suggest cutting the recipe in half the first time, since it is a huge waste of a lot of expensive ingredients if it turns out you don't like them.

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