Posted on March 12, 2013 by TwobitMe
I know the very idea of a vegetarian French cassoulet is an idea of contradictions. French love a few things: butter, pastry, slapstick comedy, pencil-thin mustaches and meat. Also, from what I told they also love hating on Americans, but I’ve never been there so I can’t say firsthand. Part of me feels that the stereotype has been given the mythic proportions treatment, but the other part of me feels like, “Well can’t really blame them. We’re pretty gross.”
But this IS a vegetarian French cassoulet. Meat substitutions and vegetable stock replace the typical meaty ingredients. Just go generous with the salt. I was a bit conservative and I think it needs more than “to taste.”
I’m also skipping the bread crumbs because it gave the texture a more mealy grit to it and unless you’re talking about grits, it’s never a good thing for food to be described as mealy or gritty.
Vegetarian French Cassoulet (adapted from The Mediterranean Cookbook)
- 1/2 pound Trader Joe’s “Beef-less” Strips cut into a dice
- 1/2 pound Tofurkey Italian sausage cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 15-oz cans navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 14 1/2-oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
This recipe can either be cooked in the oven or using a crockpot
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees if using the oven.
Place “beef” and sausage in a large casserole or crockpot. Set aside. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and then add the onion, red pepper and garlic. Saute until onions and pepper are soft, about 10 minutes. Add to the casserole or crockpot. Add beans, tomatoes, thyme and vegetable broth to casserole or crockpot and stir all ingredients to combine.
If using a casserole, bake, uncovered for 90 minutes. Or cook in a crockpot on low for 6-7 hours.
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Posted on December 8, 2010 by TwobitMe
Oh Serious Eats, you are seriously a great recipe source. Seriously. So is our friend Jen who pointed me to this recipe. She cooks it annually as part of her orphan Thanksgiving group, but mentioned that it would be something easily converted to vegetarian for someone like me, a dirty vegetarian.
A few notes:
- We are not the kind of cooks that have fresh thyme hanging around. The dry equivalent of one sprig is 1/2 teaspoon.
- We used a pretzel bread roll which made it tasty. If you don’t have individual slices, 3 slices of bread equals about 3 ounces.
- We took either Tofurky Italian sausage or Trader Joe’s Italian sausage and introduced them to a food processor. We went with a full 12 ounces of sausage for a heartier meal.
Butternut Squash and Sausage Bake (adapted from Serious Eats)
- 12 ounces Tofurkey or Trader Joe’s Italian sausage
- 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
- 3 sweet onions, quartered and thinly sliced
- 5 fresh thyme sprigs or 2 1/2 teaspoons dried
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- salt and pepper
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1/2 cubes, (about 6 cups) seeds and scrapings reserved
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup shredded smoked mozzarella
- 3/4 cup extra flavor vegetable stock (2 teaspoons veggie stock in 3/4 cup water)
- 3 slices bread, cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoons melted butter, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9″ x 12″ inch baking dish. Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until it just begins to brown. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons oil, onions, thyme, marjoram, and rosemary. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. When onions are thoroughly soft, remove and set aside. While the onions cook, simmer the squash seeds and scrapings in the vegetable stock for 10 minutes, strain and keep the stock warm over low heat.
Add the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet. Toss the squash with the flour and arrange in a single layer in the skillet. Let the squash brown, undisturbed, for 4 minutes then stir the squash as it cooks for the next 4 minutes. Season liberally with salt and pepper, and set aside.
To assemble the casserole:
- Layer the onions in the buttered baking dish.
- Evenly layer the sausage over the onions.
- Top with the squash.
- Sprinkle the mozzarella over the top.
- Pour the stock into the baking dish
- Press the top of the casserole with a spatula to evenly distribute.
- Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
While the casserole bakes, pulse the bread crumbs with the (optional) melted butter in a food processor until you have coarse bread crumbs. After 30 minutes remove the foil and top casserole evenly with breadcrumbs and bake uncovered an additional 20 to 30 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the top is nicely browned.
Serves 8 side servings, or 6 main dish servings.
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Posted on July 2, 2008 by TwobitMe
I saw this recipe over on The Lazy Vegetarian, and realized it was pretty much right up my alley. Hell. I’m lazy! I’m a vegetarian! I know the lyrics to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!
But seriously, this couldn’t be a simpler sandwich recipe that easily makes about 4 sandwiches if you use an average sized roll. I used provolone cheese for mine, but I know the usual is a nice Swiss. I, however, am a heathen and just don’t like Swiss cheese all that much. Deal with it Philadelphia!
Vegetarian Philly Cheese Steak (from TLV)
Makes 4 sandwiches on average
- Bakery Rolls
- 1 package Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Veggie “Steak” Strips
- 2 – 3 Tbsps Canola oil
- 1 onion, cut into strips
- 1 green pepper, cut into strips
- Provolone cheese
Preheat oil in large flat-bottom skillet. Cook onion and pepper over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add strips and cook until strips are heated through. Seperate, in the pan, the mixture into individual servings. Place cheese on top until melted. Transfer to rolls.
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Posted on June 26, 2008 by TwobitMe
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