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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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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Zesty Mediterranean Pinwheels

Zesty Mediterranean Pinwheels

“Zesty Mediterranean Pinwheels”

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced or crushed
2 cups of baby spinach, loosely packed
1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1/3 cup of sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped
1/3 cup of pitted Kalamata olives, drained and chopped
4 ounces (1/2 a container) of French Onion Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1 frozen puff pastry sheet (egg/dairy free), thawed at room temperature for about 50 minutes

Directions:

Heat the olive oil over high heat in a skillet; add the chopped onion and cook for approximately 3 minutes (stirring often). Add the garlic and spinach and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the Italian seasoning, sun-dried tomatoes, and Kalamata olives and cook for another minute, until heated through.

Allow the mixture to rest for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a food processor and process until finely chopped and well combined. Cover the filling and refrigerate until ready to use (it can be prepared a few hours or even a day ahead of time).

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Lightly grease two cookie sheets and set aside.

Unroll the puff pastry on a clean, dry cutting board. Spread the French Onion Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese all the way to the edges, starting at one of the shorter ends, leaving about an inch at the opposite end. Cover the cream cheese with the chilled vegetable mixture and slightly dampen the inch of bare dough on the other end with a touch of water. Begin rolling on the end you started with (not the side with the bare inch, it will help to seal the roll) and roll tightly and gently, pressing slightly to be sure the roll seals. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the roll into approximately 3/4 inch slices.

Gently transfer the pinwheels to the greased cookie sheets, being sure to leave space between them. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until golden and puffed. Allow the pinwheels to rest on the pan for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Makes approximately 16 pinwheels.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Jes Keim.

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Greek Potato Salad

Greek Potato Salad

“Greek Potato Salad”

Ingredients:

10 med. – lg. russet potatoes, scrubbed, cooked whole with skins on in boiling water, partially covered till fork-tender; drain, then peel and cube while warm (do not salt water)
1 t. salt
1/2 c. diced celery
1 vy. sm. yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
10 pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. diced kosher dill pickle
1/2 c. diced sweet red roasted pepper
5 canned pineapple rings, drained
1/2 c. Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, chilled
8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, chilled
3 T. white vinegar (plain, Balsamic or white wine vinegar)
2 T. Poupon Dijon mustard
1 T. sugar
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. celery seed
1/8 t. red cayenne pepper
1/2 t. salt
3 T. extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Place cubed potatoes in extra-large bowl. Sprinkle evenly with 1 t. salt, then lightly toss.

Add celery, onion, olives, pickle and roasted pepper. Toss lightly again to evenly disperse.

Place drained pineapple rings in blender container; blend till pulverized.

Add remaining ingredients, one at a time, blending till smooth after each addition, being sure to add the olive oil last. Scrape down insides of container with spatula as needed, as you blend the dressing. Salt to taste.

Pour as much dressing as you like over potatoes and salad ingredients. Toss lightly to evenly coat, being careful not to over-toss. Refrigerate leftover dressing.

Serve either at room temperature or chilled.

Tip: This dressing works equally well tossed with your favorite coleslaw, macaroni salad and green garden salad recipes.

Makes 7 cups salad and 2 1/2 cups dressing.

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

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