Archive for the ‘Appetizer’ Category

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Vegan Pierogies w/ Smoked Mashed Potatoes & Daiya Cheddar Cheese!!

September 8, 2010

I made these delicious pierogies with the left over smoked mashed potatoes we had last night.  I melted about a cup of Daiyas awesome cheddar cheese with the mashed potatoes.  They were stuffed with the rosemary mustard gravy as well.  I also fried up some cabbage, garlic and sweet onions on the side with a little sour cream on top.  The recipe for the pierogies and cabbage was from Hell Yeah It’s Vegan.

Pierogies with Cabbage and Onions

Yield: about 30 pierogies

Dough
2 c flour
½ tsp salt
¼ c soy margarine
3 tbsp water (more as needed)

Filling
2 c potato flakes
3 tbsp butter
2 c boiled water
3 tbsp vegan cheese, grated (I used cheddar)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp vegan cream cheese, optional
salt
pepper

Topping
½ head cabbage, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp soy margarine
salt
pepper

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Buffalo Wingz and Wraps

August 8, 2010

Pretty much most favorite thing to eat when I ate meat was buffalo wings.  I would go up to BW3′s every tuesday for the 25 cent wings and make myself sick on them.  I never cared for the bones though, and the lack of actual meat was always a drag.  For the past few years I’ve been trying to make something that was just as good, or better than those ol’ things.  Tempeh wings are awesome and all, but they lack certain elements that only something like seitan could offer.  For whatever reason I’ve been putting off making seitan from scratch.  Every batch sort of turns out different, and I’m never that pleased in the end.  Then two days ago I came across recipe for seitan from scratch off of “What the hell does a vegan eat” blog (which was a link to the original recipe) , and figured I’d give it a shot.  It’s a bit time consuming (3 hours-ish), a bit messy, but the end result was fantastic.  It rips apart like Ray’s Seitan, FINALLY.  It’s just so perfect.  I deep fried it next without any breading or anything, just straight out of the pot.  Tossed it in some franks hot sauce and earth balance.

The wrap has Italian dressing, hummus, lettuce, pan seared shitake mushrooms, tomato, cajun pan seared tempeh,  avocado, and red onions.

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Salty, Buttered, Vegan Scallops.

April 21, 2010

I’m not too big to say there is one or two things I miss from the old days of meat eating.  It’s always seafood.  Lox and scallops.  There are a few veg scallops that seem okay I guess.  There’s this one from Worthington, which I think is the only legit package (owned by Kellogg’s).  There are a few that have done the King Oyster mushroom route.  I made some a few moths ago and they were pretty good.   None of mine looked as good as The Chubby Vegetarians, or the first one I ever saw from Ladyvoxx on The PPK.

I’ve been using a lot of tofu since I recently found theFresh Tofu Inc., tofu.  It’s a totally different tofu.  It’s like westsoy, but better.  I like regular tofu, but when you try stuff like Fresh Tofu Inc., it’s like going from Gin Blossoms to The Beatles.  You can find a way to be snobby and alt in anything, even tofu.  I bought these little cookie cutters a while ago, and used them to cut the tofu into scallop shapes.  Saute them until they have some color in a little vegetable oil.

The butter is important.  Earth Balance gets really clear, and just sort of turns into oil when heated up.  To keep its creaminess, I added some cornstarch.  A few tablespoons or eyeballed, depending on how much butter you are using.  I also add salt, Earth Balance lacks that as well I think.  Whisk it and then add minced garlic after you start to get a creaminess going.  After you plate them and pour the butter on, squeeze a fresh lemon all over the tops.

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Vegan KFC Double Down!!

April 15, 2010

Never has a stupid sandwich created such chaos on the internet as the Double Down from KFC.  I’ve seen a couple of Vegan Double Down’s floating around blogs, and no offense to this bro, but it’s not a sexy DD.  And it sort of looks a little healthy, steering clear of capturing the grossness enjoyed by KFC eaters in the US.  I’ve been making tons of fried chicken after I found Cest La Vegans post a couple of weeks ago.  It’s really an amazing recipe, and even leaves you feeling like total shit after you eat it, which is cool.  As far as KFC’s “secret recipe”, I think its clear that it’s just a lot of salt.  I wanted this picture to read, so I bought the best processed fake chicken I could find. Cook it first in a pan and give it a little bit of a crust.   The mozzarella is FYH, and the bacon is Smart bacon.  I have to say, this was intense.  I ate the whole thing, and actually cried a little afterward.  I walked my dog shortly after finishing it, and I felt like everyone was staring at me like I just had gross sweaty sex in the back of a van.

Chicken Batter Recipe (From Cest La Vegan) :

1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 pound mock chicken (try White Wave wheat meat, Gardein or your favorite chicken substitute)
3 1/2 cups vegetable oil

Mix together the salt, onion powder, pepper, garlic powder, flour, and nutritional yeast in a deep bowl.  In a separate bowl, dilute the mustard with 1/2 cup water.Add 1/3 cup of the flour mixture to the mustard mixture and stir. Add the baking powder to the dry flour mixture and mix.Dip chunks of the mock chicken into the mustard batter, then drop each chunk into the flour mixture and coat with the desired amount of “crust.”Fry the chunks in hot oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet or deep fryer until crispy and golden brown, turning as needed.

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Ahhhoy!!!! Popcorn Shrimp (tofu) has arrived…..

April 8, 2010

I never knew that cocktail sauce was tasty.  Seemed like a grownup dip, never thought I would indulge myself.   I’ve been making these a bunch lately, and I’ve found its very important that you don’t buy pre-made cocktail sauce in plastic squirt bottles, its truly terrible.  I tried 2 different brands until I broke down and looked up the recipe.  It’s very time consuming, and cost a shit ton to make.
Cocktail Sauce recipe :

  • Ketchup
  • Minced Horseradish
  • Squirt of lemon juice

(takes about 2 1/2 minutes, stir well)

The tofu in this is really important.  I mentioned in my previous post that there is this Philly based brand called Fresh Tofu Inc. and a national brand called Westsoy.  These two brands don’t sit in water, and have a much more dense bite to them.  I made these with the regular tofu, and they just didn’t taste right.

Popcorn Shrimp Ingredients :

  • cubed tofu
  • 1/3  cup earth balance
  • 1 Tbls minced garlic
  • 1 Tbls Corn Starch
  • 2 Cups Chickpea Flour
  • 2 Tbls Old Bay
  • 1 Tbls onion powder
  • 1 Tbls Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Tbls Baking Powder

Melt the butter slightly, then whip the garlic and corn starch into it.  Let it firm up a bit.  Combine the chickpea flour, old bay, onion powder, baking powder ,s&p in a medium sized bowl.  First coat the tofu in the garlic butter, then cover in flour mix.  Deep fry and serve with cocktail sauce or whatevs.

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Best Vegan Chicken Salad Ever? U-Betcha!

March 29, 2010

I’ve been tinkering with this chicken salad for the past 3 weeks.  Made it about six times now.  It started out with just shitake mushrooms and veganaise.  At this point, it appears I’ve created a monster.  Gentle Giant, you know.  Here’s what you will need.

Tools :

  • Food Processor
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Smoker (you don’t have to smoke the tofu, but it really adds to the overall flavor)

Ingredients :

  • 1/4 lb Shitake Mushrooms
  • 1 Brick of Extra Firm Tofu (Preferably Fresh Tofu Inc. or Westsoy Tofu sold at most Whole Foods)
  • 1 Can of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 1/2 Cup Dill Pickles (diced)
  • 1 Tbls Garlic (minced)
  • 3 Tbls  Yellow Mustard
  • 3/4 Cup FYH Veganiase
  • 4 Tbls of Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Tbls Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Tbls of Earth Balance Butter
  • Soy Sauce for sauteing

Method :

I do this all in stages, being there’s a lot of food processing that goes on.  First get your mixing bowl out and once something is done, just throw it in.  If you are going to smoke the tofu, start that first, it takes about 30 minutes. Pulse the garbanzo beans until they are shredded.  You don’t want it to be mushy or anything like hummus.  You want it to resemble tuna or chicken a little.  Empty into the bowl.  Clean and slice the shitake mushrooms and saute them in 1 Tbls of Earth Balance.  When they are cooked, add a few splashes of soy sauce.  Throw them in the food processor, and again, just pulse a few times until they are well chopped but not too much.  Toss them in the mixing bowl.  Dice the onions and pickles small and throw them into the bowl.  When the tofu is done smoking, cut them in to squares and saute in 1 Tbls of Earth Balance until browned.  Splash soy sauce over the tops of them until they are thoroughly covered.  Put them in the food processor and last time, just pulse until chopped to the consistency of diced chickenish.  Throw them in the bowl.  Add the spices and veganaise/yellow mustard.  Chill for atleast an hour.  Serve with club crackers (I didn’t have any for the picture), pita bread or squared wheat bread.

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Attack of the mini’s!!!

July 1, 2009

Well, here I am, just another blogger with a blog that he never updates.  I swore that wouldn’t be me, but here I am.  Embarrassed?  YES.  Sad? YES.

I recently helped waiting tables at a really fancy restaurant where they had all kinds of cool appetizers.  Of course they were all meat based, but the idea was really neat.  Basically you take something that everyone likes, and you make it really small.  When I was a youngster, I liked little things a lot.  Like micro machines, trolls, power wheels etc.  I came up with the idea to make mini Reuben’s, and sliders (mini hamburgers)
The mini reubans were made with the exact same recipe that I made the big person ones with.  The bread was this tiny little party bread stuff I found.  The mini burgers were made with this stuff, which is GREAT for mixing.  Its unlike other packaged burgers, cause this stuff you can put in a bowl just like the rest of your friends do, and add all kinds of cool shit.  This burger in particular is called the “Stan-burger”.

In the burger

  • diced greek green olives
  • sriracha (spicy option)
  • roasted garlic
  • vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • soy sauce
  • liquid smoke

On the burger

  • Romain lettuce
  • morel mushrooms
  • caramelized vidalia  onions
  • avocado slices
  • FYH cheddar cheese
  • (Top bun) – curry ketchup (ketchup, curry, onion powder, garlic powder, splash of soy sauce – heated, and whiped)
  • (Bottom bun) – Annies goddess dressing

Put in as much as you can handle of all of the ingredients, I just eyeballed it.  Also its nice to toast the buns.

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How can I love you, if you wont lie down?

February 26, 2009

Boy oh boy, having a real job really makes life dull.  Although my job is probably the only one that exists in the nine to five world that I could ever imagine going to bed at midnight for.  Everythings felt very scattered and fast for the past month, and I’m just now starting to feel like myself again.  Well not the old self that could stay up drinking until 5am, and get on the post punk kitchen to post drunk naked pictures of myself, but familiar none the less.  We haven’t really made anything that amazing, but Sarah made these incredible cupcakes.  This was her first successful vegan baking, and it turned a lot of heads at the party.

Here’s our three legged dog tofu,  playing xbox while were cooking.

This is a dinner we made one night that was simple but good.  Fake bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, smoked tofu (not the dog), and veganaise.

This is a lil thing i threw together that involves filo, vegan cream cheese, a basil leaf (next time ill use a spinach leaf), smoked tofu, and sriracha.

and last, we had a bunch of people over the other night and made a ton of vegan sliders.  The recipe for the burger is from Vegan dad.  Everyone ate the shit out of these.

Stay tuned, I’ve got some contests coming up where you guys can win things!  I plan on starting a weekly thing starting in march, where I will be giving away very cool stuff for free!

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Louisville Vegan Reubens & Sublime

January 21, 2009

Reubens have always been something that you either love or hate. For example. The people that live in the building underneath my girlfriends house can eat all of the dicks. I was reading an article on cracked.com that my friend Matt pointed out to me, and it made a lot of sense. There are certain people that can eat a ton of dicks. I agree that there are in fact people that you come across in your life, that can eat All of the dicks. For one second let me tell you about these people. They’re about 22 or so, and I totally get it. I’m 26, and 22 was not long ago. Parties are fun, and i still get down very hard. I like beer. I like loud music. There is a big difference between drinking some beer, and listening to some music, and drinking some beer at 22, and listening to some music at 22. First the beer is just drank to get to get as annoying as possible. The music they’re listening to is, as annoying as possible. It’s not like they’re listening to listenable music. They’re listening to sounds that are just bass. Tons of bass, with nothing else. It’s probably a friend of theirs that makes music on cakewalk and closes their eyes, nodding their heads. These people can eat All of the dicks.  I want to record the sounds coming from the ground below, its really incredible. Like right now they’re playing sublime. As if I didn’t hate sublime enough, these fucking shit heads downstairs have to be listening to this shit. So while I’m upstairs trying to do my thing, they’re down there screaming and singing along to the most overplayed band EVER. Don’t tell me you like sublime, cause I know, and I don’t fucking care.

The kids downstairs are playing bad fish, and I’m crying like a 4 year old in the corner of the room.

Anyways, back to reubens. I made these reubans, and they turned out pretty good. I took the recipe from http://www.everydaydish.tv/index.php?page=recipe&recipe=98

I also added some instand tapioca, like i talked about in the message boards, and i couldnt tell any difference at all. The seitan turned out pretty good, but make sure you pan sear it in some soy sauce, the guy in the video clearly made a different recipe. It doesn’t turn out the way the asshole in the stupid hat shows it. None the less it’s pretty good. I used FYH mozzarella cheese, and vegan thousand island.

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Red potato & Yukon Gold Hash Browns w/Spicy Roasted Garlic Ketchup

January 20, 2009

- Red & Yukon Gold Hash Browns w/Spicy Roasted Garlic Ketchup

- English Muffins w/Cumin Dill Sour Cream, Diced Olives and Sweet Peppers

- Pan Seared baby bananas w/Roasted Red Peppers & chives

Hash browns were invented by the ancient rednecks of Georgia in 1773.  They were at one point used during sex games, where the redneck would  place a batch of shredded potatoes on his womans stomach, believing that “her body was so smokin’ hot”, he could actually cook them on her.  Of course, this is just a legend.  Usually nothing would happen, and the two would just end up having sex in a pile of shredded potatoes, and onions.  However, stories like these that my parents told me growing up, always claimed a big piece of my heart.

I threw this together while in the grocery store.  The hash browns are just shredded red and yukon gold potatoes, as well as some cut onions.  Browned them on a skillet with some oil, salt and pepper and of course, smoked paprika.   Make sure and lay a few paper towels over the potatoes after you shred them, and get as much of the water out of them as you can.  The ketchup is put in a blender with sriracha, roasted garlic, some lime juice and s&p.

The English muffins were toasted and had some earth balance and roasted garlic (literally spread on there!).  The sauce was made with tofutti sour cream, cumin, dill, salt and peper, and a dash of sriracha sauce.  Mix it well and  lay it over the English muffin.  Green, kalamata olives and sweet red peppers were diced, and laid on top.

The baby bananas were pan seared in earth balance with salt and pepper.  Laid over them is roasted red peppers and sliced chives.

Dig in!  Like most meals that people suggest wines with, I suggest this to go with a warm     Heileman’s Old Style.

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