Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Heirloom Tomato & Sweet Corn Pizzas

Serves 8

This appetizer is a cross between pizza and bruschetta with a colorful heirloom tomatoes added just before serving.

Garlic Pistou
1 head garlic, top trimmed
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. fresh oregano leaves
1 tsp. fresh lemon zest

pizza dough
3 cups fresh corn kernels
1 lb. assorted heirloom tomatoes, sliced
2 Tbs. torn fresh basil
2 tsp. chopped fresh dill

1. To make Garlic Pistou: Preheat oven to 350 F. Wrap garlic in baking paper, bake 40minutes, or until softened. Cool.

2. Squeeze garlic cloves into bowl of food processor. Blend with remaining ingredients until smooth.

3. To make Pizzas: Preheat oven to 400 F. Place doughs on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Spread with Garlic Pistou. Sprinkle with corn. Bake 15 minutes, or until crisp.

4. Toss tomatoes with basil and dill in bowl. Arrange tomatoes on hot crusts.

recipe from: Vegetarian Times September 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Batter-Fried Cauliflower Pakoras

Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Makes 1 serving.

I made these with broccoli and eggplant - both of which tasted amazing, and I'm about to make some more with the eggplant tonight. My friend says these should be re-named to Broccoli Fried Donuts, you decide.

The recipe suggests serving with hot tea, and ketchup or chutney for dipping.

about 2 cups of cauliflower florets (or other veggies) sliced into cross sections no more than 1/2 inch thick.

1/2 cup all purpose GF flour
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup water
Canola (or other) oil for frying

In a large bowl, combine the flour, curry powder, salt, baking powder, and water to make a smooth, thick batter. It should not be runny. If necessary, add more water 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time. Mix well.

Warm 1/2 inch of oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. The oil is ready for frying when a drop of batter quickly crisps. Coat the cauliflower slices in the batter, and carefully place them in the pan to avoid splashing the hot oil. Don't crowd the pan. Cook until golden on both sides, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Serve as soon as possible.

recipe from: Student's Go Vegan Cookbook

Monday, September 22, 2008

Twice-Baked Potato Stuffed with Broccoli

Prep Time: 15min
Cook Time: 1hour
Makes 1 serving

1 russet or sweet potato
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 bunch broccoli, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup water

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Wash the potato and pierce the skin in one or two places with a knife to allow steam to escape. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the inside is soft. Test for doneness by gently squeezing the middle of the potato (use a pot holder). If it gives in easily to your touch, it's done. Remove the potatoes from the oven, and lower the oven temperature to 350 F.

In a med. saucepan, add the oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Saute for 1 minute on medium heat. Add the broccoli and stir for 30 seconds. Add the water, cover, reduce the heat and simmer for 10min or until broccoli is tender.

When the potato is cool enough to handle, cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop out the inner part, leaving 1/4 inch of the potato on the skin to strengthen the shell. Add the pulp to the broccoli, blending with a fork until combined. Salt to taste. Refill the potato sheet and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Bake 15 - 20 minutes.

recipe from: Student's Go Vegan Cookbook

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vegetable Fritters

Another winner from The Gluten-Free Vegan, this recipe goes over great with non-vegans and vegans alike. This recipe makes only a few of these fritters, I generally double or triple the recipe when I make it in order to have enough to feed everyone (and have a few leftovers).

2/3 cup garbanzo bean flour
5 tablespoons water
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup peeled and grated yam
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-3 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
1/2 tsp salt (test this, I find these need a LOT more salt)
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper (or to taste)

In a large bowl, combine the garbanzo bean flour, water, cumin, cayenne, turmeric, and cilantro; with your hands, mix together until very well blended. Add the yam, onion, and garlic, and mix well.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat (closer to high than to medium) and pour in 1-2 tablespoons of the oil. When it is hot, scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and form a ball. Carefully place the ball into the skillet and flatten it to form a patty. Add more balls and flatten them, until the skillet is full. Fry on each side until they are crispy, 6-8 minutes, then carefully flip over and fry on the other side. Remove from the skillet with a slotted spatula and place on a platter. Repeat with any remaining mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

recipe from: The Gluten-Free Vegan

Friday, September 5, 2008

"Vodka" Sauce

Here is a pasta sauce recipe that one of my friends invented. To me it is just plain comfort food.

1 cherry pepper
1 onion
2 diced tomatoes
1 box of sunshine burgers (these are GF soy free veggie burgers!)
Marinara sauce - most of a jar
1 1/2 - 2 cups of nutritional yeast

Sautée the chopped onion with the cherry pepper. Add 2 diced tomatoes. Break up the sunshine burgers and add them. Add marinara sauce and nutritional yeast. Simmer until sunshine burger is minimal and the sauce is creamy. Add some vegan creamer or rice/almond milk. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve over pasta for a hearty diner.

recipe from: Nick Verrastro