Vegan Seitan and Butternut Squash Casserole

Vegan Seitan and Butternut Squash Casserole

Vegan Seitan and Butternut Squash Casserole

This is a guest post by Betsy DiJulio, author of The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes.

A creamy fall casserole that is special enough for a holiday feast but easy enough for a weeknight meal. The sweet potato chip topping is an updated nod to the vintage “church cookbook” casserole genre.

What you’ll need . . .

2 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1 medium yellow onion, finely diced

4 stalks celery, sliced lengthwise into quarters, and then finely diced

Sea salt

2 cups butternut squash, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

2 cups seitan in bite-size pieces (*preferably homemade)

10 ounces of frozen green peas, thawed

1 cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (try my recipe for vegan mayo)

1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour

1-4 ounce jar pimentos, drained

1 tablespoon salt-free multi-purpose seasoning

1 teaspoon rubbed sage

Freshly ground black pepper

6 ounces sweet potato chips (I use Terra brand), crushed (I use a small rolling pin)

How to make it . . .

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a large casserole dish. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high. Add onion, celery, and a pinch of salt. Saute, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add remaining tablespoon of olive oil to skillet and heat. Add butternut squash and another pinch of salt, and saute, stirring only occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until some of the surfaces are caramelized. Transfer squash to bowl with onion and celery. Add seitan and green peas. In a small bowl, fold together Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, vegan mayonnaise, flour, pimentos, multi-purpose seasoning, sage, and pepper.

Pour over vegetables, and seitan, gently fold together until well, combined, and lightly mound into into casserole dish. Sprinkle evenly with crushed sweet potato chips, and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, covering if edges begin to brown too quickly. Allow to cool at least 10-15 minutes before serving.

*My secret to the most tender, most flavorful seitan is to season both the seitan dough and the cooking liquid, to use plenty of liquid in the dough, and to NOT knead the dough as long as most recipes call for or it will become very tough. Knead only until ingredients are well-combined; less than 3 minutes.

Yield 6 servings.

Visit Betsy at www.TheBloomingPlatter.com.

*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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Vegan Sweet Potato and Kale Cheesecake

Vegan Sweet Potato and Kale Cheesecake

“Vegan Sweet Potato and Kale Cheesecake”

This elegant-but-easy (stupid easy!) dish is the perfect way to use up leftover mashed sweet potatoes. Although leftover sweet potatoes are almost unheard of in our house! But after a recent dinner party, we had a little remaining. So this luscious cheesecake was what we whipped up. It’s perfect for brunch, lunch, dinner, or sliced thin for an appetizer.

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato Chip Crust:
1 1/2 cups sweet potato chips “crushed” in food processor to yield 1/2 cup or slightly more crumbs
2 tablespoons melted vegan butter

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray. Using a fork, combine the crumbs and butter in a small bowl until butter is completely incorporated. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over bottom of the pan, and then gently press to mostly cover the bottom. Refrigerate while you prepare filling.

Ingredients:

Filling:
12 ounces extra firm tofu, gently pressed (not silken)
8 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups mashed and seasoned sweet potatoes (be sure these have the full complement of vegan butter, sour cream, sea salt and pepper)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups chilled kale pesto (use my delicious Kale, Pepita, and Sage Pesto recipe below or one of your own)

Topping: 1/2 cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, 1 tablespoon per each of 8 slices
Garnish: Roasted pepitas
Optional Sidecar: Small clusters of red grapes

Preparation:

Place all ingredients, except pesto, topping and garnish in the bowl of a food processor, and process until thick, smooth, and completely combined, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

Gently spread half of filling evenly over crust, being careful not to disturb the crumbs. Top with pesto, spreading evenly, and finish with a final layer of remaining filling, spreading gently to seal to edges of pan. Bake cheesecake in center of oven for about 35 minutes or until edges are set and top appears dry; some minor cracking is to be expected. (If your mashed sweet potatoes were very moist, you may need to cook up to an additional 5 minutes.)

Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator about an hour before you plan to serve (or heat slices about 30 seconds in microwave), as it is best at room temperature or with some of the chill removed. Loosen edges with a thin knife blade before removing outside ring from spring form pan.

Slice and top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and a few roasted pepitas. Alternatively, spread the sour cream over the top of the cheesecake and sprinkle with the pepitas before slicing, especially if presenting the entire cheesecake at the table.

Serve, if desired, with small clusters of grapes on the side.

Ingredients:

Kale, Pepita, and Sage Pesto:
6 cups roughly chopped, lightly packed fresh kale
3/4 cup lightly roasted and salted pepitas
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons rubbed sage
Sea salt to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon)
Juice of 1/2 small lemon
2 to 3 teaspoons maple syrup
3/4 cup olive oil

Preparation:

Place all ingredients except olive oil in bowl of food processor and pulse until very finely chopped, almost a paste. With motor running, drizzle in olive oil until all ingredients are completely combined, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary. Adjust seasoning if desired and chill, covered.

Yields 8 servings.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Betsy DiJulio over at The Blooming Platter.

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Vegan Smoked Salmon Spread

Vegan Smoked Salmon Spread

“Vegan Smoked Salmon Spread”

This is a guest post by Chef Sharon Davies-Tight.

Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, Greek olives, sun-dried tomatoes, soy bacon bits, capers, roasted peppers and horseradish. Oh yes, it tastes and textures like smoked salmon! And . . . it is gluten-free!

Ingredients

3 lg. sun-dried tomatoes soaked in hot water till soft and pliable, blotted with paper towel to remove excess moisture, then chopped finely

5 pitted Kalamata olives, chopped finely and blotted with paper towel

1 T. capers, drained, blotted with paper towel, then chopped

2 T. finely diced sweet red roasted pepper, blotted with paper towel

1 T. prepared horseradish, blotted with paper towel

3 T. soy bacon bits (Betty Crocker brand is gluten-free)

1 t. sugar

1/4 t. salt

8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients evenly and Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese becomes an even color. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before transferring to serving bowl. Surround with bread squares and crackers of choice.

You can also make hors d’oeuvre sandwiches by simply spreading on bread of choice, closing and cutting into bite-sized pieces.

Makes 1-1/4 cups

Visit Sharon at www.chefdavies-tight.com.

*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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Grilled Peanut Butter and Tofutti Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Peanut Butter and Tofutti Cheese Sandwich

“Grilled Peanut Butter and Tofutti Cheese Sandwich”

This is a guest post by Chef Sharon Davies-Tight.

Fresh Russian black bread spread with country-style dijon mustard, peanut butter and Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese. Layered with sweet roasted peppers, bread & butter pickles and sweet onion. Grilled in cracked pepper and olive oil. Served with an olive stick and kettle potato chips.

Ingredients

2 slices Russian black bread
Poupon Dijon country-style mustard
Peanut butter, either creamy or natural (the type where the oil separates and rises to the top), at room temperature
8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, at room temperature and whipped in container with fork till fluffed
1 inch pieces sweet red roasted peppers, enough to cover one bread slice
3-4 sweet pickle slices
very thinly sliced sweet onion
salt & fresh cracked pepper
olive oil for frying

*Kalamata olives for garnish
*Kettle potato chips for accompaniment

Directions:

On one slice of bread, evenly spread about 1 tablespoon mustard. On second slice, evenly spread about 2 tablespoons peanut butter. Top peanut butter evenly with about 2 tablespoons Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese. Sprinkle Tofutti cheese lightly with salt, then cracked pepper.

Place roasted peppers evenly on top of Tofutti cheese. Place pickle slices on top of mustard bread slice, then top pickles evenly with onion slices. Close sandwich.

Heat skillet, over medium-low heat, till hot. Add a couple tablespoons olive oil and some cracked pepper. Evenly distribute pepper in oil, by rolling skillet, then place sandwich in skillet. Brown on one side. Turn, re-oil skillet, then using flat pot lid or broad spatula, press sandwich down firmly. Cover skillet with lid and cook till cheese and peanut butter melt and sandwich is browned and hot throughout.

Transfer to serving plate. Do not cut sandwich. Serve whole for easier eating. Skewer 3 Kalamata olives with a toothpick and stick into top of sandwich. Arrange a couple handfuls of potato chips next to sandwich and serve.

Makes 1 sandwich.

Visit Sharon at www.chefdavies-tight.com.

*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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Soupe aux Épinards et Artichauts, sans produits laitiers

Soupe aux Épinards et Artichauts, sans produits laitiers

“Soupe aux Épinards et Artichauts, sans produits laitiers”

Ingrédients

3 cuillères à soupe de beurre bio sans lactose
240 g de coeurs d’artichauts en boîte, hâchés
114 g de Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, ramolli
3 gousses d’ail, pressées
2 cuillères à soupe de farine bio
50 cl de lait d’amande, nature
50 cl bouillon de poulet bio
118 g de parmesan sans lactose, râpé
1 pincée de sel
240 g d’épinards frais, hâchés

Préparation

Faire fondre le beurre et faire revenir les coeurs d’artichauts à feu moyen pendant 3 minutes dans une grande casserole. Ajouter l’ail et faire revenir pendant 2 minutes supplémentaires. Saupoudrer la farine sur le mélange et faire revenir pendant 1 minute de plus, en remuant constamment. Verser le lait d’amande, le bouillon de poulet et le Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, puis porter à ébullition.

Laisser bouillir jusqu’à ce que cela s’épaississe légèrement. Ajouter, en remuant, le parmesan sans lactose râpé, le sel et les épinards hâchés.

Créé exclusivement pour Tofutti Brands, Inc. par Katherine Bartlett.

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