MSV's real, live, all-vegan table for 2015:
- Tofu-Pecan Loaf
- Mashed Potatoes
- Wild Mushroom-Chickpea Gravy
- Cranberry Relish
- Spiced Walnut-Fig Cornbread Dressing
- Mixed Citrus Green Salad
- Apple Cake
The tofu loaf is a slight variation on these tofu-pecan meatballs. The cranberries never get tweaked. You've seen those biscuits and dressing before (printable recipes here and here). The sangria is a bottle of Spanish grenache poured over a sliced orange, a couple handfuls of pineapple chunks, and a small chopped pear. Chill for several hours and drink it down in a fraction of that time.
The salad is 5 oz spring mix tossed in a dressing of equal parts black cherry concentrate, apricot jam, and olive oil with a dose of finely chopped mint. That all gets topped with two oranges, two grapefruit, and a handful of toasted pistachio (serves 4-6). The apple cake is from The Joy of Vegan Baking, and is always pretty. Even when you don't line up your apple slices just so.
The new kid on the table this year actually made its first appearance last year. (In fact, last year's table was such a winner, this year ended up mirroring it almost exactly.) But it's getting shared this year. It's pretty lovable: earthy, thick, and with two kinds of pepper, it's a great addition to any spud (or tofu-pecan loaf). You'll want to whip it up all winter long, holiday or no.
Wild Mushroom-Chickpea Gravy
yield will vary based on desired consistency
1/2 oz dried wild mushrooms
2 whole black peppercorns
1/4 cup chickpea flour
2 TBSP olive oil
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp fine sea or kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
Use a coffee grinder to grind the mushrooms and black peppercorns into a fine powder. Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Add mushroom powder and chickpea flour. Toast, tossing very frequently, until fragrant, a couple of minutes.
Whisk together oil, broth, and all herbs and spices. Add half the liquid to the pot in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in other half of liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer. Cook, whisking frequently, until thickened to the desired consistency. Adjust salt, if needed.
Hope anyone who gets a long weekend enjoys it. See you back here next week.