Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Casserole

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Casserole

“Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Casserole”

Here’s a hearty, vegan casserole just in time for your Thanksgiving feast! Cornbread apple cider stuffing, pan-fried breakfast veggie sausage, Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, and a creamy pumpkin Marsala gravy, topped with cashew crumbles as garnish. And green beans in a melted orange marmalade and fresh lime glaze makes a perfect accompaniment. Makes 8-12 servings.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees when you’re ready to bake the casserole.

Veggie Sausage

Ingredients:
6 froz. breakfast veggie patties (I used Gardein brand)

Preparation:
Cook frozen breakfast veggie patties in olive oil, over medium heat, till browned on both sides and cooked throughout, adding more oil when you flip to cook the other sides.

Remove from skillet to plate and let set until they reach room temperature. Break into small pieces (crumbles) and set aside.

Stuffing

Ingredients:
1/4 c. olive oil
1 c. diced celery, 1/4 inch cubes
1 c. diced onion, 1/4 inch squares
1/2 t. salt
1-1/2 c. vegetable broth
2 t. vegan poultry seasoning
1 t. onion powder
1/2 c. Marsala wine
4 c. cornbread stuffing mix absent the seasoning packet
1-1/2 c. apple cider
freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste

Preparation:
In extra-large skillet, over medium-low heat, melt olive oil. Add celery and saute till translucent.

Add onion and salt. Saute till celery and onion are soft and sweet.

Add vegetable broth, vegan poultry seasoning, onion powder and Marsala wine. Bring to soft boil, then add cornbread stuffing mix all at once. Stir to coat all cubes.

Add apple cider. Stir to moisten to a soft texture throughout. Salt and pepper to taste, adjust for poultry seasoning, then turn heat off. Adjust moisture consistency to your liking with additional cider if needed.

Gravy

Ingredients:
1 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. vegetable broth
1-1/2 c. apple cider
1/2 c. Marsala wine
2 T. olive oil
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
1 t. powdered ginger
2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. poultry seasoning
1 t. salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
2 T. cornstarch mixed with 1/4 c. water in cup till dissolved
12 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream
1/2 c. orange marmalade

Preparation:
Combine in bowl and stir till smooth: pumpkin, vegetable broth and apple cider.

Add Marsala wine, olive oil, brown sugar, powdered ginger, onion powder, cinnamon, cloves, poultry seasoning, salt and freshly ground black pepper, stirring after each addition.

Transfer to large saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, at a fizzle of a boil for 20 minutes.

Add cornstarch liquid, stirring till thickened. Cook, stirring often, for 10 more minutes.

Add Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, stirring till smooth. Then add orange marmalade, stirring till dissolved. Adjust for salt, remembering gravy is supposed to be salty. Set aside, then reheat, stirring with wire whisk, when ready to use. Gravy will have an acrid taste from the wine. This goes away when baked.

Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:
16 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese
1/2, 8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. dried tarragon, crushed
1/4 t. red cayenne pepper
1/2 t. salt
very light sprinkling nutmeg
2 c. boiling water
1/2 t. salt
2 c. instant mashed potato flakes
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:
Place Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese. in large bowl. Mash with potato masher till as smooth as you can get it.

Place Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese in separate bowl. Mash with back of spoon till fluffy, then add to ricotta. Mash and stir till thoroughly incorporated.

Add garlic powder, tarragon, red cayenne pepper, salt and nutmeg, stirring after each addition.

Place boiling water in large separate bowl. Add salt, stirring till dissolved. Add instant potato flakes. Stir well to moisten all flakes and potatoes fluff up. Potatoes will be very thick.

Add ricotta mixture to potatoes. Mash with potato masher and stir till incorporated and as smooth as you can get it. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste. Stir and set aside.

Cashew Crumbles

Preparation:
Place 1-2 c. cashews in food processor and process till evenly crumbly and oil just begins to leak from cashews. Transfer to covered jar – use as needed for garnishes.

Casserole

Preparation:
In 9 x 13 inch baking dish evenly layer stuffing, crumbled breakfast veggie patties and ricotta potatoes. Smooth potatoes with spatula till even. Top evenly with 2 cups gravy. Save remaining gravy for other use.

Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil, then bake 15 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let set 10 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

Place individual servings on plates, along with a side dish vegetable. Sprinkle lightly with cashew crumbles. Serve. Or, serve family style, using spoon to serve. The sprite taste of the orange marmalade takes care of the need for cranberry sauce, but if you want it, by all means include it.

Green Beans Side Dish

Preparation:
Steam or boil 16 oz. package frozen green beans till plump. Drain well. Melt as much orange marmalade as desired, on low heat, in saucepan or skillet. Add fresh squeezed juice of one lime and salt to taste. Add drained green beans and stir to coat. Serve.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight.

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Gluten-Free Spaghetti Casserole

Gluten-Free Spaghetti Casserole

“Gluten-Free Spaghetti Casserole”

Gluten-free spaghetti layered with tofu and a blend of Tofutti dairy-free cheeses, fresh spinach and an artichoke and roasted pepper tomato sauce, seasoned with garlic and fennel. All topped with Tofutti Better Than Mozzarella Cheese singles and baked till hot and melted!

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

What you’ll need . . .

Sauce
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 c. diced onion, 1/2 inch squares
14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, including liquid – finger through them to discard outer, large, tough petals
5 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 t. salt
2 c. diced sweet red roasted peppers, 1/2 inch squares, including 1/2 c. liquid from jar/can
20 or so pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained – reserve liquid
28 oz. can tomato puree
1 T. ground fennel seed
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground allspice
1/4 t. red cayenne pepper
1 t. sugar
2 t. liquid smoke
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2, 6 oz. can tomato paste mixed in bowl with reserved tomato liquid from tomatoes till smooth

How to make the sauce . . .

In extra-large skillet, over medium heat, melt olive oil. Add onion and saute till wilted. Add artichokes plus liquid from can, fresh garlic and salt. Cook 5 minutes.

Add roasted peppers plus liquid from jar and olives. Cook 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes, tomato puree, fennel, garlic powder, basil, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, red cayenne pepper, sugar, liquid smoke and freshly ground black pepper to taste, stirring after each addition. Stir well, cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes.

Add tomato paste/liquid mix. Stir well, adjust for salt and seasoning. Cook 10 more minutes, uncovered, remove from heat and set aside till ready to use.

More stuff . . .

Filling
16 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese
8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese Herbs & Chives, at room temperature
12.3 oz. pkg. extra firm silken type tofu, rinsed
1-1/2 t. salt
2 t. garlic powder
1 t. sugar
1/2 t. dry mustard
2 T. (level) cornstarch

Making the filling . . .

Combine Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, tofu, salt, garlic powder, sugar and dry mustard in large bowl. Mash with potato masher till as evenly smooth as you can get it.

Sift 1 tablespoon of cornstarch on top of mixture. Immediately mash till thoroughly incorporated. Then sift the second tablespoon of cornstarch and incorporate in the same way. Set aside.

Putting the whole thing together . . .

16 oz. pkg. gluten-free spaghetti, I used Barilla brand available in most markets – cooked according to package instructions, minus a minute or two, since it will cook more in the oven; drained in colander and rinsed under cold water till cold
4 heaping c. fresh baby spinach leaves
8 single slices Tofutti Better Than Mozzarella Cheese singles

1. In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish spoon 2-3 cups sauce evenly on bottom.

2. Top sauce evenly with 1/2 of the spaghetti.

3. Top spaghetti evenly with 1/2 of the spinach leaves.

4. Top spinach evenly with 1/4 of the filling.

5. Top filling with about 4 cups sauce, followed by remaining remaining spaghetti, followed by remaining spinach, followed by remaining filling.

6. Top filling evenly with 8 Tofutti cheese singles.

7. Top Tofutti cheese singles with about 2 cups sauce.

Be sure to submerge all spaghetti ends that may pop up along the sides. You’ll have sauce leftover. Reserve for other use.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Let set 10 minutes before cutting into squares, or if spooning from the dish, serve immediately. If desired, drizzle each serving with a little extra virgin olive oil. A green leaf salad served with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing goes well with the flavors and textures of this casserole.

Serves 8 to 12.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight.

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