appetizer · carrot · liquid smoke · super bowl · super bowl party · vegan

Carrot “Lox” and Cream Cheese Crackers

With the 2017 Super Bowl upon us, here is a great finger food recipe that will wow the party. I grew up with lox and cream cheese brunches. While I never could get into eating smoked salmon, this carrot version is arguable better tasting and certainly more healthy. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler to peel carrots into thin, flat strips, as wide as possible.
  3. In a bowl, whisk tamari, liquid smoke and seasoning. Toss carrots in marinade.
  4. Wrap in a sealed foil pouch and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool. Refrigerate until time to assemble the crackers.
  6. Spread cream cheese on a cracker, top with a few pieces of carrot and garnish with parsley

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appetizer · beyond meat · buffalo · cheese · dip

BuffaNoChicken Dip

Week 3 Browns vs. Raiders

BuffaNoChicken Dip

Early season tailgates are the best. The shores of Lake Erie delivered another perfect fall day. Hold the Pigskin hosted another big crowd including the one who penned the name of the blog, Nick Harper. Nick loves him buffalo flavored anything, so I figured it was time to recreate an American classic: buffalo chicken dip.

There is nothing healthy about this dip, which is probably why it tastes so good. Vegan cream cheese, sour cream and cheese. Two packages of shredded Beyond Meat chicken strips. An entire bottle of Frank’s Red Hot. My mouth just starts salivating recapping those ingredients.

The Beyond Chicken makes this dish special. The self-
proclaimed “future of protein,” now has a roster of sports stars endorsing their product. Made with non-gmo soy and pea protein, the chicken also has some great flavor and shreds perfectly. Do not use another brand when making this dish!

One final tip before I get into the recipe. Invest in a cast iron pot so you can make this dish on the grill. The unvieling off the grill will draw ooh’s and ah’s from the crowd.  Enjoy!

Nick was pestering me all week for this recipe. Sorry for the delay!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs shredded Beyond Chicken
  • 1 12-oz bottle Frank’s Hot Wing Sauce (DO NOT substitute Tabasco whatever you do. Be careful, Frank’s “Buffalo” sauce has dairy in it.)
  • 8 ounces vegan cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces (half a bottle) vegan Ranch dressing or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion
  • 4 ounces vegan shredded cheddar cheese
  • Grilled pita and/or celery sticks for dipping

Directions

  1. In a cast iron dish, spread out the chicken and pour the wing sauce over. Mix well and spread out, covering the entire bottom of the dish.
  2. In a medium sized saucepot, combine the cream cheese and ranch dressing.  Whisk while heating until smooth. You don’t want any cream cheese clumps!
  3. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the chicken and spread out. Sprinkle the celery and green onion on top. Grill with tight lid for fifteen minutes.
  4. After fifteen minutes, sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top and continue baking for another ten to fifteen minutes, or until the cheese has melted and is bubbling. Remove from heat and let sit for ten minutes. Stir well and serve with grilled pita and celery sticks.
Shredded Beyond Chicken
In with the Frank’s!
Melted cream cheese and sour cream
Creamy goodness
Toss on some greenery
After 15 minutes, add the cheese. Look at the bubbles!
Heavenly dip
appetizer · cheese · field roast · nutritional yeast · potatoes · sausage · super bowl · super bowl party · vegan

Jo Jo Potato Poutine, The Akron Vegan Way

Part of me wishes I had tried poutine before taking the vegan plunge 4 years ago. Then again, the amalgamation of deep fried potatoes, brown gravy and cheese curds probably wouldn’t have sat well with me. I didn’t even know what poutine was until my little brother made several trips north of the border and came back raving about it. Since I had been thinking about veganizing the Canadian specialty for a while, a vegan Super Bowl party in Akron seemed like a perfect time.

What makes this poutine different from all other poutine? Well aside from the fact it’s vegan, made with Field Roast Chao cheese and Vegan Sausage Gravy (see recipe below), it is also a special type of French fry known only to Akronites and Summit County Ohio dwellers as Jo Jo potatoes. Ok, the potato wedge isn’t exactly unique to Akron, Ohio, but I can almost guarantee you that Jo Jo Potatoes have never made their way into vegan poutine before this. And now it’s time to share with the world. 
The recipe is not hard to put together. To mimic the deep fried, egg covered Jo Jo’s found in pizza and chicken shops in my hometown, I parboiled potato wedges and coated them in cornstarch, spices and a little olive oil before roasting them. The result is a crispy outside and a moist steamy inside. The poutine is assembled in separate bowls topped with the savory sausage gravy and a sprinkle of fresh sage. You can serve as an app, side or main dish. Enjoy!

Ingredients


  • 4 large russet potatoes (2.5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Gravy Ingredients:
  • 1 small onion, chopped, about 1/2 cup
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2 Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage sausages, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup plain soymilk or almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cubed Field Roast tomato cayenne chao cheese (or other vegan cheese of choice)
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage, chopped fine 

Directions

Jo Jo’s: Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Scrub the potatoes and cut them, lengthwise, into 10 to 12 even wedges.

Place the sliced potatoes into a large bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let them soak for 10 minutes (aka parboil).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat. Drain the potatoes and pat them dry thoroughly with a clean tea towel or paper towels. Evenly toss the potatoes with the cornstarch, than add the oil, salt and pepper.

Arrange the fries in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip them. Continue to bake until the fries are golden and crisp, about another 20 minutes longer. In the last 5 minutes, remove the pans and add the cheese on top. Allow to melt before removing. Time serving so these are hot!

Sausage Gravy: Heat a skillet over a medium flame. Add the onions and cook for three minutes, until starting to soften. Add the crumbled sausage and cook for five minutes, until starting to brown. Add the flour and stir well. After two minutes, add the remaining ingredients, whisking well to combine. It will thicken and be ready rather quickly. 

To serve: Place fries in a bowl or on a plate and sprinkle with cheese. While still warm, pour gravy over fries and cheese. Top with fresh sage and enjoy!

Parboiled taters in cornstarch
Coated taters ready for the oven
Crumbled sausage
MMMMM graaaaavyyy
Jo Jo’s
The final product



appetizer · cashews · daiya cheese · field roast · mushrooms

Grilled Pierogies with Chived Sour Cream

The offseason continues and the Grill Master is just heating up.  The posts are flying over at the Cooks in the Field page on the Field Roast blog.  My latest is a divine grilled vegan pierogie stuffed with sausage, mushrooms, onions and daiya cheese and topped with chived cashew sour cream.

Pierogies are a staple of the large Polish community in Cleveland.  Pierogies are traditionally stuffed with potatoes and cheese, boiled and then fried.  I figured, why not grill the filling, stuff, boil and then throw them on the grill instead?  This recipe calls for grilled Italian Field Roast, onions and mushrooms.  Vegan cheese is optional, but adds great texture and creaminess.  Top it off with some chived cashew sour cream and prepare to be amazed.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Filling:
    • 1 package Italian Field Roast sausages
    • 2 large onions, quartered
    • 8 oz. mushrooms, halved
    • Shredded vegan cheese (optional)
  • Dough:
    • 3 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 cup water, plus 3 tablespoons
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  • Glaze:
    • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
    • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 
    • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Chived Cashew Sour Cream: 
    • 1 ½ cups cashews, soaked and drained
    • ½ cup water
    • ¼ cup lemon juice
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 bunch fresh chives, chopped

Preparation instructions

  1. Grill the Field Roast sausages on an oiled grill grate.  Rotate until all sides are charred
  2. At the same time, grilled the onions and mushrooms in a grill pan until charred.  The onions will take a little longer than the mushrooms
  3. Once cooled, chop into small pieces and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the dough.   In a large bowl combine flour, 1 cup of water and salt.  Warm the remained 3 tablespoons of water and mix with the flax.  Add to the bowl and knead.  
  5. Roll out the dough until very thin (should be about ¼ inch thick).  Using 4-inch cookie cutter (or a martini glass) cut out circles of dough.  
  6. Meanwhile, prepare a lot pot of boiling water
  7. Place 2 tablespoons of the filling in the center of a dough circle. Top with a sprinkle of vegan cheese (optional).  
  8. Fold in half and pinch closed.  Use little water on your fingertips if they don’t stick. Repeat. (Style points: take a fork and press into the edges for a nice design!)
  9. Drop a few of the folded and sealed pierogies into the boiling water.  Don’t crowd the pot.  Boil for 5 minutes or until they begin to float.  Remove from the boiling water with slotted spoon. Repeat.
  10. Brush the mustard/vinegar glaze on and place on the grill.  Cook each side for about 2-3 minutes.  Keep moist!
  11. Meanwhile, place all the ingredients for the sour cream except the chives in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Fold in chives.
  12. Serve the grilled pierogies with a dollop of the chive cashew sour cream and your favorite hot sauce.  

Rollin, rollin, rollin
Ready to be stuffed
The grilled stuffing all chopped up
Grill time!
Chived sour cream
appetizer · eggplant · field roast · liquid smoke · vegan

Marinated Grilled Veggie Stackers with Field Roast

Mushroom Stackers
My latest recipe for my Field Roast Cooks in the Field blog is up!  Check it out on the Field Roast website here.  In the meantime, the recipe is also listed below.  I made these at a sub zero tailgate.  It was nearly impossible to use my hands and I had to run over to warm them up over the grill every couple minutes to prevent frostbite.  Hopefully you have better grilling conditions.   
These “stackers” are like grilled sandwiches with marinated vegetables standing in for the bread.  Using the Field Roast deli slices as the meat, the stackers are an attractive appetizer at any tailgate.  With three different kinds to choose from, there is something for everyone.  Enjoy! 
Ingredients
  • Lentil Sage Deli Slices
  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced ¼ inch
  • Marinade for eggplant
    • ½ cup white wine
    • ¼ cup rice vinegar
    • Juice of 2 lemons
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    • ¼ fresh sage, chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Smoked Tomato Deli Slices 
    Field Roast ready to grill

    • 3 red peppers, quartered
    • Marinade for peppers
      • ½ cup red wine
      • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
      • 1 tbsp. vegan worcestershire
      • 1 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
      • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
      • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
      • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
      • 2 cloves garlic, minced
      • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Wild Mushroom Deli Slices
    • 6 portobello mushrooms, stems removed
    • Marinade for mushrooms
      • ½ cup red wine
      • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
      • 1 tbsp. tamari
      • 1 tbsp. agave nectar
      • 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper
      • 2 cloves garlic, minced
      • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Note: you’ll also need a handful of toothpicks, soaked for at least 15 minutes prior to grilling
    Directions
    • In 3 separate mixing bowls, coming the ingredients for the 3 marinades and stir.  Place the veggies in an airtight container or bag with the marinade for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
    • Prepare the grill for direct grilling
    • Assemble the stackers by placing several slices of the Lentil Sage between two of the marinated eggplant and secure with a few soaked toothpicks.  Repeat with the Smoked Tomato slices and red pepper and the Wild Mushroom Slices and portobellos
    • Grill for 4-5 minutes per side or until charred.  Cook time will vary based on the heat of the coals.
    • Remove from the grill and slice into bite size piece.  Stick with a tooth pick and serve


    Bagged veggies waiting for lube
    Lentil Sage Marinade
    Smoked Tomato Marinade
    Wild Mushroom Marinade
    Soakin 

    appetizer · cashews · jalapeno · nutritional yeast · spicy · tofu

    Velvety Vegan Jalapeño Popppers

    Weeks 7 & 8 Road Games in Green Bay and KC

    Yup, thats a grilled vegan jalapeño popper
    The Browns have been on the road the past two weeks and continue to ride the quarterback roller coaster.  While that means I haven’t been down at the muni lot tailgating, I have an amazing appetizer recipe to share with you that works on the grill or at home in the oven.  Jalapeño Poppers!
    For centuries, vegan’s have tried to replicate cheese.  While we have come close, nothing quite gets us there.  However, cashews are my favorite creamy substitute, and they do a pretty darn good job providing that velvety texture and flavor.  As Tal Ronnen likes to say, cashews are “vessels of creaminess.”  
    Cashews and nuts are only one third of the vegan creamy equation.  The other parts of the trifecta are beans (think hummus or tofu) and avocado (which naturally stands on its own).  Nutritional yeast is an important  ingredient in the vegan cheese quest.  So is turmeric, for those who care about the yellowish appearance.  These poppers, while they don’t have avocados, have all the makings of a creamy vegan delight. 
    This recipe comes together quickly, especially if you have a couple hands on deck.  One person can cut open the peppers while the other prepares the filling.  Then you can both stuff the peppers and top with bread crumbs.  I left a few seeds in to give it a little heat, but it wasn’t overwhelming.  Enjoy!
    Ingredients
    Jalapeño boats
    • 24 large jalapeños, cut in half, membranes and some seeds removed
    • 14 oz. firm tofu, lightly pressed
    • 1/2 cup cashews
    • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
    • 2 tsp. cumin
    • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1 tsp. thyme
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. ground chipotle 
    • 1 tsp. turmeric
    • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
    Directions
    1. Cut and remove membranes and some seeds from peppers
    2. Paces remaining ingredients except breadcrumbs into a high speed blender.  If not using a vita-mix, soak the cashews for at least an hour and drain.
    3. Scoop the cheese mix into the jalapeño boats.  Be generous!
    4. Just before ready to cook, sprinkle on bread crumbs.
    5. Grill: place in grill pan and cover with foil.  Cook for about 15 minutes.
    6. Oven: place on baking sheet in oven at 400 degrees.  Cook for 20 minutes.  
    appetizer · dip · garlic · grilling · leeks · nutritional yeast

    Caught Taking a Leek: A Grilled Leek Dip

    Week 4 Browns v. Bengals

    Things have changed for the better in Cleveland. The Indians are in the playoffs and the Browns are tied in first place after a convincing win against their division rival.  I’m pretty convinced the karma of the vegan tailgate had something to do with it.  We had 5 people eating exclusively vegan at our tailgate this past Sunday, our biggest yet!  I got things started off with the phenomenal grilled leek dip that, because of time spent preparing ahead, required little work except grilling and slicing the leeks.

    If you’re a reader on this blog, you know I love dips to warm up the belly prior to eating a big meal.  This one really was a crowd pleaser and vegans and non-vegans alike really enjoyed it.  It comes from Tamasin Noyes, a vegan chef and writer I met earlier this year at the Cleveland Veg Fest.  Her cookbook, “Grills Gone Vegan” is one of my favorites.  Only next time, I’ll have to triple the recipe!

    The grilled leeks are key for this recipe.  They kinda come out nowhere and some people had never heard of them before.  But they perform well.  Kinda like a quarterback starting for the Browns right now!  Enjoy!

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup cashews
    • 1/4 cup water
    • Juice of half a lemon
    • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar 
    • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    • 1 cup Vegenaise (I used Follow Your Heart brand, but feel free to make your own!)
    • 1/4 green pepper, minced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tbs dried italian herbs (any mix will do)
    • White pepper and salt to taste
    • 2 medium sized leeks or 3 small leeks
    • Crackers to dip

    Recipe

    Can be prepped in advance

    1. Put the cashews, water, lemon juice, vinegar and nutritional yeast in a high speed blender and blend until smooth (if not using a Vitamix, be sure to soak the cashews for an hour)
    2. Put in a large tupperware and stir in the Vegenaise, pepper, garlic and spices. (Note: this can be done a day in advance, then all you have to do is bring this to the tailgate and add the grilled leeks)
    3. Grill the leeks, about 5 minutes on each side.  
    4. Slice thin and stir into the dip
    5. Serve with crackers

    Slicing the grilled leeks
    Action shot!

    The rest of the tailgate was a lot of fun.  Remember, anyone who wants to join can just comment on a post or hit me up on Twitter. Lets beat the record number of vegans for the Lions game on the 13th!