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MUSHROOM MEDLEY & CHESTNUT TARTLETS {THANKSGIVING RECIPE COLLAB}

mushroom medley & chestnut tartlets
Photo by: Jasmine Briones

Thanksgiving is next week… where has the time gone? Last year, I collabed with my home girls Jasmine of  Sweetsimplevegan and Yvonne of Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen (formerly  My Eclectic Kitchen). This year, we each made a dish for you to share at your vegan Thanksgiving feast with your loved ones. They are not only simple, satisfying and delicious, but all cruelty-free so you can enjoy a compassionate Thanksgiving meal.

For my contribution to our Thanksgiving spread, I wanted to make something easy for guests to enjoy. I love puff pastry in both sweet and savory foods so I went in that direction. A great alternative to meat are mushrooms so I used a mix of portobello and crimini.

mushroom medley & chestnut tartlets Buttery
Flaky
Delicious
Satisfying Goodness

Jasmine created a spin on the traditional stuffing and used an everything bagel! Yeah you read that right…EVERYTHING BAGEL STUFFING!!  Full of veggies, love and everything nice. You can find the full recipe to Jasmine’s Everything Bagel Stuffing on her blog sweetsimplevegan.com or simply click on the photo below.

Everything bagel stuffing
Photo by: Jasmine Briones

Yvonne created something sweet for us and made a Mixed Berry Cobbler with Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Crust. Now that’s a Thanksgiving dessert! You can find the full recipe to Yvonne’s cobbler on Yvonnes Vegan Kitchen or simply click on the photo below.

Mixed Berry Cobbler w/Pumpking Cookie Crust
Photo by: Jasmine Briones

Makes about 24 tartlets.

 Ingredients:
1 pack puff pastry (2 sheets)
2- 8oz crimini mushrooms
2 portobello mushroom caps
6 oz. cooked chestnuts, finely chopped
1 shallot, minced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
1 tbsp Tamari (optional)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely minced
salt and pepper, to taste

Tools Needed:
Maple leave (or any autumn themed) cookie cutter

Steps:
1.) Fully thaw puff pastry in room temperature for 35-40 minutes. Do not attempt to unfold until full thawed out.

2.) Wash and de-stem mushrooms and finely mince. In a large pan on medium high heat, add oil and saute mushrooms, shallot and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add chestnuts, rosemary and sprigs of thyme and give a light stir. Add Marsala wine and bring to a light simmer for another 5 minutes until most of the liquid is dissolved.  Mixture should reduce in size by half. Discard thyme sprig. Set aside.

3.) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll puff pastry out to 1/2 inch . Cut 3X3 squares and place each square in a cupcake pan. Fill cups with 2 heaping tablespoons of mushroom filling and press down mixture to secure.

4.) Cut out maple leaves using extra puff pastry. Place one on top of each tartlet cup. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and flaky. Best served warm.

**Note: There will be extra mushroom mixture.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!
xoxo Sarah

SPICY KOREAN FINGERLING POTATOES

I discovered a traditional Korean dish known as “PA DAK” (Korean fried chicken w/spring onions) while on my trip back East during the holidays. Let’s just say that I knew right away that I was going to veganize it once I headed back to my tiny California kitchen. This is a great dish to enjoy as an appetizer or with a side of rice for those carbinig up! This recipe can easily be replaced with fried cauliflower bites in place of the potatoes.

Ingredients:
1 (1lb) bag fingerling potato
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 cup white wine
1 tsp coconut sugar (or agave)
3 spring onions, shredded/thinly sliced
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
salt and pepper, to taste

Steps:
1.)  Thoroughly wash and rinse potato. Completely dry with a paper towel and cut in half lengthwise. Coat with coconut oil, salt and pepper and transfer to baking pan.

2.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake potatoes for about 20-25 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes. Potatoes should be fork tender.

3.) In a skillet on medium high heat, add gochujang, ketchup, garlic and stir occasionally. Add in rice vinegar, coconut sugar and stir for another 2-3 minutes. The mixture should have thickened. Then add white wine to deglaze pan. When potatoes are ready, toss the potatoes to the gochujang mixture to coat on very low heat.

4.) Transfer to serving plate/dish and sprinkle on sesame seeds and shredded spring onion. Best served right away.

Enjoy!
xoxo Sarah

ROASTED HATCH CHILE SPINACH & ARTICHOKE DIP

It’s that time again…GAMEDAY!!! We (REDKSINS) made it to the playoffs and that’s good enough for me. I’m also happy to say, seeing the Broncos making to Superbowl for another season is going to be pretty exciting. Peyton deserves another ring before his last shindig.

I have a love-hate relationship with peppers, chiles and anything that is “spicy” but mostly, LOVE. When I discovered the infamous Hatch Chile, I could not stop adding them to all my recipes. The chile has a nice little kick at the end of every bite, but so worth it. The best way to serve them is to roast the chile. What better way to impress your guests  than by bringing on your A-game with this Hatch Chile spinach and artichoke dip.

Ingredients:
3 Hatch Chiles, roasted, seeded and minced
1 1/4 cup cashews, soaked overnight
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pack frozen spinach
1 cup artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
vegan mozzarella shreds, **optional
salt and pepper, to taste

Steps:
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw frozen spinach and squeeze excess water and place on paper towel to dry. Set aside.

2.) In a high process blender, blend cashews and almond milk until creamy. Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper (to taste.) Add more milk one tablespoon at a time if mixture is too thick.

3.) On medium-high heat, saute spinach with coconut oil for about 1 minute. Add in artichoke hearts and minced roasted Hatch Chile and stir for another 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4.) Lower heat and stir in cashew cheese mixture and carefully mix to combine for about 5 minutes, until mixture has slightly thickened. Transfer to a regular or 2 mini casserole dish and top with vegan mozzarella cheese (optional).

5.) Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted and edges are slightly brown. Serve with crackers, fresh vegetables or use as pasta sauce.

Enjoy!
xoxo Sarah

 

CAULIFLOWER CAKES WITH OLD BAY

Cauliflower Cakes

Here we go again, the most used and abused vegetable out there for vegans! Cauliflower is very versatile and to no surprise that I had to make little patty cakes out of them. This can easily transform into a crab-less patty by substituting cauliflower for artichoke hearts. (TBD for that recipe! ) Sprinkling a little of my hometown classic seasoning Old Bay inside the mix or on top at the very end not only gives this recipe more flavor but that “seafood” kick. If you’re feeling daring, squeeze these bad boys in between 2 hamburger buns, slather some vegan mayo, tomatoes, lettuce and you have an amazing cauliflower burger. YUM!

These baked, crispy, light, and delicious cakes are best served warm with a little lemon-garlic aioli recipe found here.

Cauliflower Cakes

Cauliflower Cakes

Ingredients:
2 ½- 3 cups cauliflower florets
½ cup Panko
1 flax egg (1 tbsp+3 tbsp water)
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp paprika
salt and pepper, to taste
½ cup vegan mozzarella shreds
Old Bay seasoning, optional

Steps:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Steam cauliflower for about 5 minutes until tender to mash. In a separate bowl, mash steamed cauliflower with a fork. Carefully squeeze cauliflower mash until most of the water is drained. Pat dry with a paper towel.

In a clean mixing bowl, combine panko crumbs, flax egg, paprika, garlic powder salt and pepper. Add in cauliflower mash and mix well. Add in mozzarella shreds and mix until well combined. Roll a few pieces into ball shapes and form into patties. If the mixture is too wet, add a little more Panko to each patty before baking.

Spray cooking oil onto baking sheet and bake patties for about 10 minutes per side or until crispy and browned.

Note: Sprinkle Old Bay seasoning on top and enjoy with lemon-garlic aioli recipe found here.

xoxo Sarah