Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Vegan Hushpuppies!!

You read it right: Vegan Hushpuppies! One of those foods I never thought I would eat again after going vegan...thank goodness I was wrong! I kind of just winged this recipe, and it turned out awesome; it is very similar to a cornbread batter, but with slight differences for frying. They are dense yet light, chewy yet crispy, sweet yet savory and salty. Pretty much the perfect food! They go really well with tartar sauce or ketchup, too! Vegan Hushpuppies (makes ~25 puppies)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups soymilk, unsweetened
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs sugar
2 cups cornmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1 Tbs cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 cup corn kernels (from about 2 ears fresh corn)
Optional add-ins: 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, hot sauce to taste, 1 minced jalapeno, or 1/4 cup diced bell pepper

Heat oil in deep fryer or on stove top in a heavy-bottomed pan. Heat to approx. 350 F.
Whisk together flaxseed and water in a large bowl. Whisk in the rest of the wet ingredients, stirring vigorously to combine. Gently add in the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the corn kernels and other optional add-ins.
After testing oil for temperature, drop batter by 1 Tablespoon amounts into heated oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip and cook 2-3 more minutes, until crisped and golden brown. Set on paper towel or newspaper to absorb excess oil, and serve hot. Be careful not to overcrowd the fryer to prevent improper cooking; try to only fry 2 or 3 at a time for best results.

*haha you can also use a Corn Baller machine to make these, too :)

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.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Homemade Breakfast "Sausage" Patties

I love anything to do with breakfast or brunch...or second breakfast or even elevensies for that matter! Luckily, I now don't have to miss out on the admittedly delicious flavors of breakfast sausage just because of eating vegan!! I present to you Homemade Vegan Breakfast Sausage Patties! Below, they are pictured served with scrambled tofu and roasted potatoes!! And of course some Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls from RRF's blog!!
Breakfast "Sausage" Patties (serves ~12)
6 cups ground seitan
1 can black eyed peas, drained
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbs arrowroot powder whisked with 2 Tbs water
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 Tbs vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs maple syrup
2 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 Tbs paprika
2 Tbs dried sage
1 Tbs fennel seeds
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 Tbs dried basil
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/2 Tbs cumin
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup tahini

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 2 sheet pans.
In a large bowl, add together all of the ingredients and mix well--works best to mix with your hands--until well combined. Form dough into patties using 1/2 cup scoops. Shape patties about 3" in diameter and 1/2" thickness. Place onto oiled sheet pans and bake for 30 minutes. Let rest on pans for at least 15-20 minutes.
If using later, place into airtight containers and freeze until later use.
When ready to serve or if serving immediately, heat about 1 Tbs oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place pre-baked patties onto heated skillet and pan fry about 2 minutes on each side, until lightly browned and warmed through. Serve hot and enjoy!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pretty in Pink: Lemon Rhubarb Preserves

Local rhubarb is abundant this time of year at the farmers' market and preserves just seems like the perfect way to make it stand out! Of course, it pairs oh so well with strawberry, but sometimes the rhubarb just needs to be able to shine on its own! I especially love this on biscuits or scones with a little Earth Balance for a springtime morning treat! Lemon Rhubarb Preserves (makes approx. 3 cups)
1 lb fresh rhubarb, diced
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs arrowroot powder (or tapioca starch) dissolved in 2 Tbs cold water

In a large pot, bring rhubarb, lemon zest and juice, sugar, water, and salt to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low; let simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Add in the arrowroot slurry and bring back to a boil, stirring vigorously. Reduce heat back to low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. If using relatively soon, store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. (Otherwise, this is now ready to be canned in glass jars and stored for later use. )