Monday, January 12, 2009

Crunk Testing and A Perfect Breakfast!

I have some amazing recipes for the Vegan Crunk cookbook, Cookin' Crunk, testing project to share with you! I must warn you, though...these look really tasty, so don't try to eat your computer! Just enjoy the pics and wait for the book to come out so you can enjoy them at home for reals! Tempeh Bacon,
getting ready for BLT deliciousness

Granny's Corn Casserole,
served with smoky baked tofu and greens

Now for a wonderful winter-time breakfast: Breakfast Apples and "Sausage." This dish is inspired by one of the menu items at my favorite breakfast place in Columbia, Cafe Berlin. It is a combination of veggie sausage (I used my vegan andouille sausage, because the cafe uses real, local andouille meat sausage, red onion, garlic, apples, spices, and maple syrup. Sooooo flippin good! It was pretty easy to recreate and I was so pleased with the sweet and savory combination of the dish!! Breakfast is served!
Breakfast Apples and "Sausage" (serves 2)
1 tsp olive oil (can also use vegan margarine if you are feeling adventurous)
1 cup red onion, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large organic apple, sliced thinly
1/4 cup REAL maple syrup
1 cup water
1 Tbs cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 vegan sausage links, sliced (or 1/2 block diced tempeh for a gluten-free meal)
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the sliced red onion and saute 5 minutes, until softened and translucent. Add in the garlic and saute for 2 more minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Add the sausage slices, apple slices, cinnamon, chili powder, and cayenne. Saute for 2-3 minutes until apple begins to soften. Add the maple syrup and water, then turn the heat up to medium-high. Bring to a light boil, then add the salt and pepper, cover and turn to low. Cook on low heat for 5 or so minutes, until the apples and onions are softened and the liquid is almost fully reduced. Remove from heat and serve!
--This is GREAT with a few slices of toast slathered with sweet potato butter or some raspberry jam!! And don't forget the coffee!--


Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

the apples and sausage sound great for breakfast! I like the combination of savory and sweet.

I ♥ puggies said...

I think I chipped my tooth trying to taste your delicious pictures. I can't wait for the book to come out!