Tracker Pixel for Entry

Nice to ‘Meat’ You

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | All About Food | November 7th, 2018

photograph by Nataly Routledge

by Nataly Routledge
natalyroutledge@googlemail.com

FARGO--I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in Fargo during a time of growth and cultural development. One thing I’ve been holding out for while watching Fargo boom is diversification of food culture. Okay, to be honest, I’m talking vegan friendly food culture. My parents and I have been riding vegan and vegetarian diets for as long as I can remember. Luckily for us, many restaurants downtown have finally started coming up with more vegan and vegetarian options.

These last few months I’ve been trying to focus on learning how to cook and avoid eating out excessively as all these new options appear around me. Unfortunately for me and my desire to avoid eating out, Wurst Bier Hall has recently introduced an entirely vegan menu to their restaurant. I was very reluctant to go try it at first, seeing as I didn’t want to get hooked, but eventually became overwhelmingly curious. I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making vegan bratwursts at home ever since.

Wurst Bier Hall has a fun environment throughout the day. When I went to try out the new menu for lunch with some friends, the place was full of families, young people, older people, the whole range. It was fun to see that the food itself of Wurst Bier Hall seems to be just as important to people as the beverages. The vegan menu was an entirely separate menu, something I found to be inclusive and special.

I ordered the apple vegan bratwurst. Let me warn you, Wurst’s food can have a bit of a kick to it—my dish was loaded up with jalapeños. Other than a golden, flakey bun and some basic toppings, my food seemed very simple. The flavor of the vegan bratwurst, however, was far from simple. It tasted like fall and warmth and had a very hearty core to it.

Don’t worry, I also had my meat-eating friends give it a test to see how it stood up compared to their real brats. Both of them also enjoyed my meal and found the vegan version to have a unique flavor and consistency that leveled with their own.

Let’s not forget about the fries. Wurst’s sweet potato fries are crispy and rich and prove an excellent sidekick to their meals.

Curious about how a vegan bratwurst is even made in the first place? Typically, vegans and vegetarians use three main substitutions when creating meaty meals: tofu, tempeh, and seitan. Tofu is the spongiest and usually very moist. It holds a lot of a flavor but isn’t incredibly hearty or dense. Tempeh is the densest of the three and has an uneven texture. However, it has more protein than tofu in most cases. Seitan is the middle child, denser than tofu but smoother than tempeh. It’s essentially “wheat meat” and is made by separating gluten from flour. The best thing about seitan is that it can closely replicate a number of meat dishes and goes well with lots of different flavors and seasonings. Vegan bratwursts are usually a form of seitan mixed with traditional bratwurst seasonings.

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are a number of seitan recipes that you can find in vegan cookbooks or online. But first, try a vegan bratwurst at Wurst Bier Hall. Their vegan menu is a lot of fun.

Recently in:

OGLALA, South Dakota – Hundreds of Natives at the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation face life threatening danger after the Federal Emergency Management Agency refused to assist the tribe still suffering from a devastating summer…

Your operating system to be exact. That is Microsoft’s job. It is a tough job but Bill Gates signed them up for it many years ago. But Microsoft only supports each version of Windows for so long. For example, Windows 7 is…

November 8 – 11, Times VaryOak Grove Lutheran School, 124 North Terrace N., FargoSing along to your favorite Willy Wonka tunes at this delicious musical! Follow Charlie Bucket as he visits Mr. Wonka’s mysterious chocolate…

On Monday Dan Larson, a film student from Montana State University in Bozeman, swung by the office for an interview. This time I was on the other side of the questioning. Larson is currently working on a documentary about the…

Do Muslims and Christians have to wear gloves to play football?Gene and Matthew were both young teenagers when they realized they were gay. They finally met in the hallowed halls of Washington’s National Cathedral where leading…

FARGO - A collection of memories from High Plains Reader's annual Cocktail Showdown. Participants were judged on creativity, flavor, and presentation; and this year we added a new category. Like years before, each establishment was…

The Sons of Norway are once again saying Velkommen as this year’s holiday celebration is sneaking closer.The 14th Annual Traditional Norsk Christmas Event will take place on Friday, November 30th starting at 6pm. Hosted by Frode…

by Gabrielle Herschgabbyhersch@gmail.com With the kickoff of the holiday season (and the weather!) underway, it’s almost time for the annual holiday organ concerts at the Fargo Theatre. The concerts, put on as a partnership…

WARNING: The following review reveals plot information. Read only if you have seen “Suspiria”Luca Guadagnino’s ambitious reimagining of Dario Argento’s “Suspiria,” the first installment of the cult director’s Three…

by: Melissa Gonzalezmelissam.gonzalez@outlook.comFrom music, to sculpture, to grand scale murals, one local artist is working tirelessly to share his work with the community.The West Acres Mall is currently hosting its fifth…

by Stella Mehlhoffstellamehlhoff@gmail.com“Our mission is to invigorate civic conversation through intimate and transformative storytelling.” This statement posted on Theatre B’s website and tacked to their studio wall in…

Those who have been reading my articles for a while may remember when I interviewed Zachary Tooker about the Level Two Comedy Club at the Radisson in Fargo. While the club may have unfortunately closed, Tooker has not ceased…

Beer Snob

Warm up with a hot toddy

by HPR Contributor

by Ben Myhrebenmyhre35@gmail.com Fall is once again upon us. The leaves are turning, gardens have been pulled, and Summer’s heat has waned into Autumnal frosts. Along with the change of seasons comes a change of seasonal flavors.…

I’m a big man, I’m tall and powerful, but this also causes some issues in the body department. I suffer from acute scoliosis in my lower back, and pain radiates from this area on a daily basis. I have only ever had one massage…

By Melissa Martinmelissamartincounselor@live.comThink back to one of your worst small decisions. Then answer the following questions:How did you make the decision?What happened after the decision?When did you know it was the worst…

Okay, against my better judgment, again, I'm going to weigh in on the 2018 election, just a week hence. Here goes.I told Democratic-NPL Congressional candidate Mac Schneider last week that if Heidi Heitkamp wins re-election to the…