Rick and Morty is an occasionally funny cartoon on Adult Swim with some absolutely insufferable fans.
So you've come to the end of a jar of pickles. You're left with just the liquid, bereft of the delicious vegetables it once contained. Do not be afraid. Do not despair. That pickle juice or pickling liquid is not just watery trash. If you play it right, it can add some pickle flavor to all kinds of delicious things. There's a reason that you can buy just a straight-up gallon of pickle-free pickle juice on Amazon. Pickle juice is a precious commodity, and you should use it. How?
I never get tired of pickles. I love extra-tart, vinegary cornichons that make the corners of my jaw clench, sweet bread and butter pickles, and every level of saltysoursweet in between. Give me artisanal wood barrel fermented hipster pickles and super janky gas station pickles that come in the plastic single serve pouch full of toxic waste green brine. Pickle me veggies from asparagus to zucchini, and fruits from kumquats to watermelon rind. I’ll take a pickled walnut if you have one lying about.
CSA boxes are like your own personal episode of Chopped. You have no idea what is going to be in there. The farmers are simply going to give you whatever is best that week, and vegetables do not care if you were hoping for something else, ripe is ripe, when they are ready, you are on their schedule.
If you think being vegan means that we have to miss out on great (fried) food or rely on ultra processed faux meat options, then you're sadly mistaken. This vegan take on Chick-fil-A's classic chicken sandwich will satisfy even the most die-hard meat eater. The secret is brining the tofu in pickle juice (like they do with their chicken) and a mix of spices.
Best part: you can enjoy it on a Sunday too.
Chick-fil-A Vegan Sandwich
Makes 4 sandwiches
1 lb. pressed extra firm tofu