Friday, April 27, 2012

Beer Battered BBQ Skewer Bites, a Giveaway and an Invitation

Not too long ago I posted a made over a childhood favorite Crunchy Chick'n recipe and it seems the nice folks at Gardein took a shine to it as they featured it as a Meatless Monday meal suggestion and kindly sent me five coupons for free Gardein!

I thought it would be nice to pass those freebies on to you and thus, here is a chance for you to win some free Gardein!

While admittedly I am not a huge "fake meat" type, I do like to use Gardein in cooking.

Before we get to the contest, I apologize for my lack of posting lately- sometimes life gets in the way and I cannot find the time to cook in any sort of meaningful way.  Work and family has been crazy and JL (of JL Goes Vegan) and I have been very busy planning this vegan culinary event set to take place at Flow Bar and Restaurant on May 19th in Jim Thorpe, PA. If you are anywhere near there you simply cannot afford to miss it!! For more information just click the event promotion to the right or give the restaurant a call.

Now for the contest-- if would like a chance (or three) to win some free Gardein simply do one of (or all) of the following:
  • Leave a comment on this post (with an email address by which I can contact you).  
  • Like Vegan Version on Facebook (please let me know you did so) 
  • Tweet "@VeganVersion I would like some free @Gardein" (please let me know you did so)
I will pick one winner on May 6rh, 2012.  Good luck!

Beer Battered BBQ Skewer Bites

1 package Gardein BBQ Skewers
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 tbsp chickpea flour
2 tbsp organic cane sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 oz light beer (research the beer you use- not all beer is vegan)
Canola oil for frying

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add the light beer and stir until incorporated.

Fill a pot with about two inches of canola oil and heat to 375 degrees.  While waiting for the oil to heat, take the Gardein BBQ Skewers out of the package, remove the skewers and break into equal size pieces (they are perforated to easily break apart).

Dip the bite size pieces into the batter and put into the hot oil. Fry quickly until golden brown.  Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon or spider and drain on paper towels.

Serve with toothpicks for skewering and barbecue sauce for dipping.


  1. That sounds like a great event! It makes me wish I lived in the area!

    I've only tried Gardein once, but I'm intrigued to try more. Their Gardein with buffalo sauce looks especially interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I haven't had Gardein in so long!

  3. I "liked" Vegan Version on facebook!

  4. Replies
    1. Congratulations Tracy! You won! Please check your email!

  5. I really enjoy Gardein products but have yet to try the BBQ beef, your recipe sounds like a great way to introduce them!

  6. Yay, Gardein!! =)


  7. PETA has a great list...
    "Which beers are suitable for vegans?
    Beer Companies That Do Not Use Animal Ingredients, Additives, or Processing Agents"
    Thanks for the recipe and giveaway...Cheers!

    1. Thank you!! I have also found Barnivore to be helpful.

  8. These skewers look awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  9. I just bought Gardein burgers last week and I LOVE them!

    1. I really like them too and my kids, both relatively new vegetarians call them the "McDonald's Veggie Burgers" which, I assume is a compliment :)

  10. Yum I love Gardein! My email is

  11. I tweeted about the giveaway! (@plant_fueled)

  12. the beef tips are the best vegetarian (Gardein)fast meal ever! Try them!

  13. wow!! abosolutely amazing!! I need to try it so bad cause im craving chick'n right now!!!!

  14. I've heard a lot of good things about Gardein products lately. I need to try them!

  15. I already like you on facebook :)

  16. I tweeted:!/j_mosh/status/196782013636812800

  17. I'm commenting now ... I've tweeted and liked you on Facebook! :)

    Love Gardein and love this post! I hope I win! :) sbridge13 AT gmail DOT com

  18. Same, I've already liked you on facebook :) Love Gardein and your blog!