Monday, September 22, 2014

VeganMoFo VIII: Epic Stuffed Mushrooms

Okay okay.  I promise this is my last party post.  I just had to get this recipe up because people were raving about these.  It's kinda a typical recipe.  Normally, I wouldn't use so much processed stuff, but I'll drop some money for parties.  I went with Daiya mozzarella and Trader Joe's cream cheese, but you can do whatever.  You can also substitute the Beyond Beef for well seasoned tempeh.  This recipe is more of a template that can be easily tweaked.

super delicious fungi!
Epic Stuffed Mushrooms
(makes about 30)
soy free option: use soy free cheeses
gluten free option: use gf breadcrumbs

30 cremini mushrooms, stems removed
1 Tbsp oil
2 cups Beyond Beef Feisty Crumbles
1 cup cream cheese
½ cup parsley
½ cup chives
½ cup shredded Daiya (or whatever your jam is)
1 cup panko
2 tsp garlic pepper (recipe follows)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with oil, and evenly distribute the mushrooms on it. Heat the 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet. Cook the crumbles until heated. Meanwhile, add the cream cheese, parsley, chives, mozzarella, panko, and garlic pepper to a mixing bowl. Mix in the cooked crumbles until thoroughly combined.

Transfer mixture to a piping (or freezer bag) and pipe into the mushrooms. Place the mushrooms in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the filling is nice and golden. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Garlic Pepper
(makes ½ cup)
gluten free
soy free

¼ cup granulated garlic
2 Tbsp ground pepper
1 Tbsp granulated onion
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
1 tsp fine sea salt

Pour the ingredients into a small plastic or glass container.  Shake thoroughly.  Store in the pantry.

VeganMoFo VIII: Banana Split Gel Shots

As promised in yesterday's party post, I have a fabulous recipe for jello shots.  These are pretty damn tasty and effective.  I was shocked how fast these went down.  For this recipe, I opted for boxed vegan gelatin which is readily available to me.  If you don't have access to that, stay tuned because I've been working on a recipe that involves agar.  Here we go...

another pic taken by Gina.  must remember to photograph everything before the party.  haha.
Banana Split Gel Shots
(makes about 20)

Marashino cherries w/ stems
3 ounce box vegan cherry jel dessert (like Gefen)
1 cup water
½ cup chocolate whipped flavored vodka
½ cup banana liqueur
vegan whipped cream (store bought or homemade)

Take 20 souffle cups and place one cherry in each one.  In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Add alcohol and let come to a simmer.  Remove from heat into a glass measuring cup, and add the vegan gelatin.  Stir until thoroughly combined.  Pour into the souffle cups and let chill until set.

Right before serving, pipe on a small dollop of whipped cream and add sprinkles.  Enjoy responsibly!

All right y'all.  For the remainder of MoFo, I'm challenging myself to post multiple times a day because I missed last week.  Party on!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

VeganMoFo VIII: How to Throw a Party Like a BOSS

In seven years of MoFo, an entry has never left me exhausted...until now.

In case you haven't heard, I loves to throw me a party!  My ultimate goal with any party is to ensure my guests have a great time and know how much I appreciate them.  So, when my roommate and I decided to finally have a housewarming celebration, we went all out.  The theme: Stuffed!  Stuffed foods and all that jazz.  It was predominantly vegan (only two non-vegan dishes which are NOT featured here), and I'm the only vegan.  Haha.  And you bet your booties the food was devoured!  Check it:
my favorite dish of the night...stuffed mushrooms!
Chips and homemade salsas

Veggie tray w/ hummus

Mini Tomatoes Stuffed w/ Kale Pesto Orzo
Pakoras and Samosas w/ Tamarind Chutney
Homemade Bean Gorditas w/ Cabbage and Salsas
Epic Stuffed Mushrooms
Deviled Cukes
Parmela Creamery Kalamata Spread w/ Crackers
Vegan Cocktail Meatballs

Cupcake. Filling. Station.

Rum-Soaked Vegan Gummi Bears
Watermelon Tequila Shots
Eden (Gin, St. Germain, Cucumber Simple Syrup, Lime, Club Soda)

my friend made this flyer.  best thing ever.
deviled cukes. used my deviled tofu recipe but replaced the tofu with mostly hollowed out English cucumber.
The biggest surprise of the night was how much these omnivores were loving some vegan food.  My deviled cucumbers went super fast.  And they were insane over those stuffed mushrooms (recipe in a later entry).  I always tell people that if you give people really good food that doesn't claim to replace anything, they will be receptive to it.  Example: Instead of making deviled tofu, I simply stuffed some cucumbers with my deviled tofu spread.  People are more receptive to seeing something they normally eat served in a different way.

yes.  i have pig-shaped everything.  orzo stuffed tomatoes.
My roommate was making homemade salsas, corn tortillas, beans, and throwing together the gorditas. She also brought the delightful samosas and pakoras AND fresh dates, y'all!  We were rocking out in that kitchen.

Now, the cupcake station was my friend's idea!  They were in the dessert room (  We were originally just doing cookies n cream cupcakes, but I LOVED the idea of having people stuff their own cupcakes.  I don't have any pictures because my cupcake tower broke so the presentation was lacking.  Sniffle.  There was frosting, pecans, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and sprinkles.  Devoured.

watermelon tequila shots, sucka!
please excuse the paint under my nails.  it refuses to move.  oh, and hey gurl...boozy gummies!
Every good party has to up that booze game.  First and foremost, have PLENTY of non-alcoholic drinks for the designated drivers and people who don't drink.  Second...don't bore people.  Responsible drinking can be fun and even delightful.  The tequila shots were found online.  The premise: soak watermelon, salt limes, skewer.  The gummi bears were suggested by a friend.  I recommend soaking in something like Malibu.  As for the jello shots...they are a recipe I came up with and they FORKING RULE!  Recipe coming tomorrow because I'm still recovering from this party and all the dancing.

I'll leave with some pictures of friends I drunkenly took after demanding that people start dancing.  Haha.

not pictured (the ten people standing beside me, the people in the living room, the people in the dessert room, the people outside).  like a boss.
my kinda party guest!
Special thanks to Isabel (my roommate), Roy (our fantabulous deejay for the night), and Gina for being the first house guest, kitchen helper, and providing me with so many photos!  Woo!