Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Much-Delayed TG Post

In the Nov. 25th post, you will find our vegan Thanksgiving menu, along with links to recipes and/or explanations of how we made everything. Greg taunted me for my obsessive compulsive e-mail, but it really did all go according to plan. We made sure not to eat much all day (which caused an entertaining fainting experience when I got my blood tested earlier that day! Lesson learned), and by 7pm our dinner was ready to serve.

A few notes on the dishes:

-For the tofurkey, we really went simple, and used the orange baste recipe on the box. It was a pleasant mix of orange juice and soy sauce, and really carmelized the tofurkey's surface.

-The green bean casserole came out great - unusual for vegan casseroles... We didn't quite follow Guy's recipe for the onion topping (which called for buttermilk); rather, we used it as an inspiration. We cut up about half an onion into rings, and let them sit in a cup or so of soy milk mixed with 1 TBSP Earth Balance for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, we heated up a thin layer of canola oil until it sizzled when flour was dropped it in. Dunked the onions in a cup of flour mixed with some dry mustard, salt, pepper and paprika and fried the rings for about 3-4 minutes each, until lightly brown and crispy.

-For the apple stuffing, we sauteed carrots, celery and onion until fairly cooked, about 8 or so minutes. We added in one diced Red Delicious apple and half a loaf of white bread made in our bread machine. We sprinkled about a cup and a half's worth of vegetable broth into the mixture, and put it all into the greased baking dish.

-The stuffed mushrooms were delicious, and Mr. Sous Chef - aka Greg - needs to remember to post what he ended up putting in them.

-For the sweet potato recipe, we did indeed use the recipe we had posted, but since we had no nuts (they were too expensive), we replaced them with oats. We also used less sugar than called for, to save on at least some calories. Worked out wonderfully.

-We ended up using the same pumpkin pie recipe we used once before. Here's the link again:
Really one of the best pumpkin pies I've had, vegan or non-vegan.