Somehow, SoCal went from a wintery freeze to a heatwave in just a matter of days. I swear, it was like 50 degrees when the week started... that's chilly for around these parts! ;) By the weekend, we were hanging out and Kyle was wearing seersucker in the sun. The good weather meant two things: GRILLING TIME and ICE CREAM TIME!
It just so happens that grilling time coincides with an amazing time to be vegan. Not only did we have the new Beyond Meat Beast Burgers to try, but also a brand new pack of the Follow Your Heart American Cheese Slices. Alright, so maybe the pack of slices wasn't brand new and a mouse named Andrea had already eaten a few pieces cold BUT... I mean, how far has vegan cheese come in just a few short years?!
You could try both of these new items and throw coconut bacon on top and call it a day, but if you really want to up your burger game, try our Tomato Coconut Bacon Relish recipe. You get the smoke from the coconut bacon and the seared red pepper, and a really nice acid kick from the tomatoes. Kyle says this is an "umami bomb", but I refuse to use the word umami. (Ok that was me, Kyle, typing that sentence. I just like to give Andrea a little grief here and there. Back to my soon-to-be-wife's blog post!)
We loved this relish- we ate it on crackers and have been coming up with new ideas for it ever since we had it on these burgers. Try it on a BRAT sandwich... that's just some mayo, this coconut bacon relish, and some arugula for an amazing simple sandwich. Or, mix it into some mayo for an awesome aioli!
Tomato Coconut Bacon Relish
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
1/4 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup coconut bacon
1 tbsp oil (we use canola)
1/2 tsp tamari
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic
- Add the oil to your pan and turn your stove top burner to high. You want a really hot pan to start off with!
- Add the onion and red pepper to the pan. Add the salt. Because you're working with high heat, you want to baby sit your pan and stir often. Everything should cook down but not burn or get too browned. This step should take 1 minute.
- Add the tomatoes. Let this cook down for another 2-3 minutes, until they have a little bit of a sear on them and are beginning to blister.
- Add the rest of the ingredients: apple cider vinegar, tamari, black pepper and garlic. Reduce heat to medium and let cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the coconut bacon and stir to make sure everything is coated in the reduced relish you've created.
- Cook for another 2-3 minutes until you reach a jam-like consistency.
- Remove from burner and allow to cool. I usually put something like EAT IT as the last step, but this is much better when it's cooled down and you get all of the different flavor notes married, from the smoke to the acid to the unexpected sweetness.
As for the ICE CREAM TIME portion of this blog post, I bring you..drumroll please....the new So Delicious Cashew Milk ice cream. It is so creamy and rich and delicious. We found this along with a bunch of other flavors at Sprouts- can't wait to go back for the Dark Chocolate Truffle!