I originally wrote this message on Christmas Eve, but for 3 days, weird blogger wouldn't accept any of my photos. UGH! so, the post is 3 days late... sorry for such a long gap... I was trying and trying and trying! In the meantime, we've been eating leftovers and sweets that we got in our stockings. Musty got me a box of the most AMAZING vegan chocolate caramels, by Sjaak's company. YUM!
Our big family dinner on Christmas Eve was a great success, full of love and family and friends and feasting! I spent all day in the kitchen and ended up with:
27 manicotti! (This is one of two pans of manicotti) I LOVE these, and so did my family, because there were only 4 left at the end of the night. Even my super meat-eating brother loved it! I use the "Green Goddess" filling (or something like that) from VwaV. I've altered it only a little bit by adding salt and by sauteeing the garlic in olive oil first. Then, boil your manicotti noodles until tender but not floppy. Then cover them in generous amounts of tomato sauce. Bake at 375 for about 45 min.
1 super super delicious pumpkin pie! I think this is the best vegan pumpkin pie I've ever made!
2 pear cranberry tarts from VwaV - a new family favorite!
1 Panforte, an italian dessert that I fell in love with in Italy... It's like a mega super dense fruit cake of sorts, but exceedingly good. It's got almonds, walnuts, dried figs, cocoa powder, sugar, corn syrup, a little bit of flour, candied orange peel, candied citron... Oh, it's so good. This was actually for lunch on Christmas day. The picture is so dark... oops
Also, my aunt S made some super delicious brussel sprouts, following the VwaV recipe. Oh man, these were great. I love that recipe. We've got a large number of brussel sprout lovers in our family, so they all got gobbled up!
Not pictured: 2 amazing!!! casseroles of veggie stuffing. YUM By the way, here's the stuffing recipe again (I posted it in the comments of the last post). This time, I added apples and walnuts (thanks for the idea, Chris!) - and it was even more delicious! So, I added them into the recipe too. :) I don't have an exact recipe... but I did this:
about 3/4 lb bread
2-4 T Earth Balance
1 onion, chopped
4-5 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 c coarsely chopped walnuts
1 medium apple, diced (smallish dice, but not tiny)
1 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 T fresh sage chopped
1 T fresh thyme chopped
1/2 c fresh parsley
1/4 tsp pepper
2 c veg broth ** not sure of amount, I was just eyeballing it. I used mushroom broth for a strong flavor, and it was great.
Heat oven to 250 and toast the bread slices 10 min on both sides (20 min total). I did this earlier in the day, which saved a little time in the evening. chop your bread into 1/2 inch cubes. Now, raise the oven temp to 350 and lightly "butter" a casserole dish with a lid.
Melt earth balance in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the onions and celery and heat until onions are soft and clear. Add all the herbs, parsely, and pepper and stir it up. Lower heat to low. Add in the bread cubes and stir around. Start adding in the broth, a bit at a time... Keep adding broth until it looks like all the bread chunks have soaked up some broth (it will depend how moist you like your stuffing... but it's easy to eyeball it - I promise). Transfer it all to the "buttered" casserole dish. I threw in a couple extra teaspoons of broth for good measure. Cover and cook 30 min. Remove cover and cook another 5-10 min.
For lunch on Christmas day, we had an informal lunch ... leftovers and sandwiches. The meatys had turkey sandwiches... and us veggies used the extra manicotti filling on our sandwiches. YUM! That stuff is so versatile and tasty.
I hope you had a wonderful xmas celebration!!!