Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Roasted Beet Sandwiches and Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie....aaaah spring!

This meal was an absolutely perfect way to show off all of the beautiful spring produce that Missouri has to offer right now!

This Roasted Beet and Brazil Nut Goat "Cheeze" Sandwich is something I have been working on and dreaming about for quite a while...I'm so glad I finally got to make it! It consists of roasted beets and the Brazil Nut "Cheese" from the Vegetarian Times magazine, and it is seriously my new favorite sandwich! WOW.Roasted Beet and Brazil Nut "Goat Cheese" Sandwich (serves 6)
12 slices sourdough bread
1 recipe Garlic and Herb Brazil Nut "Cheese" from Vegetarian Times--can be found online here.
1 bunch fresh spinach
1 medium red onion, sliced

1 recipe Pesto Mayo, below

2 medium beets, sliced
2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 cup fresh thyme, minced
2 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1 Tbs red wine vinegar

To prepare beets: Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan. Add the sliced beets, olive oil, brown sugar, vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper to the pan and toss to coat. Spread out beets to make an even layer. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and set aside until ready to use.

To assemble the sandwiches: On one slice of bread, spread a generous helping of pesto mayo. Spread Brazil nut cheeze on another slice of bread. Layer the roasted beets, red onion, and spinach on the cheeze. Top with mayo slice of bread. Slice and serve. Repeat to make 6 sandwiches.

Vegan Pesto Mayo (makes about 3 cups)
1 cup vegan mayo
1 box silken tofu
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs red wine vinegar
1/4 cup walnuts or pine nuts
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbs dried oregano
1/2 Tbs dried rosemary
1 bunch fresh basil

Combine all ingredients in a blender or bowl if using an immersion blender. Puree together until completely smooth, about 2 minutes. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Such an amazing sandwich deserves an even more amazing dessert! The strawberries and rhubarb are so perfectly in season right it's obvious I needed to make a pie!
The pie is the Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Topped Pie from the Candle Cafe Cookbook. Crumb topping, folks!!! This is definitely up there as one of my new favorite desserts.
And since pie demands ice cream, I made some Maple Nut Ice Cream. Logical. It is heaven in frozen form!! Your spring will probably not be complete without this dessert, so go make it! Maple Nut Ice Cream (makes 1 qt)
1 box silken tofu--not lite
1 can full fat coconut milk
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp maple extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbs canola oil
1 cup chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients, except the pecans, in a blender. Puree until completely smooth. Chill for 1-2 hours in the blender. Pour into ice cream maker (already frozen if necessary to machine) and prepare according to manufacturer's directions. Add in the pecans during the last 5 minutes, to allow to be fully incorporated. Freeze at least 2 hours before serving. Best served with warm pie, of course.


Babette said...

Your sandwich looks totally amazing. I absolutely need to try it sometime this summer. Thanks for the recipe!

Bianca said...

Now that I have found my ice cream maker (it was lost all last summer ... I thought my mom had it but it was hiding in my house the whole time!), I'm so making that ice cream soon!

Millie said...

Love it...keep those great recipes coming.

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