I love mini stuff! It's so adorable and really allows you to taste something without overindulging. So the food doesn't weigh you down. I'm thinking I will definitely do this for Thanksgiving this year. I mean, after day two of cornbread stuffing I'm ready to never eat the stuff again until next year anyway. Plus, all of the food was surprisingly filling.
Mini Thanksgiving Menu
White Bean and Roasted Garlic Soup Shooters
Apple Salad w/ Spinach and Candied Ginger Skewers
The soup was from Vegan with a Vengeance. It was ridiculously easy to make and super delicious. The salad was a slight adaptation of a Kittee MoFo entry from last year. I used spinach leaves for the skewers and left out the apple mint.
Seitan Turkey Meatballs w/ Cornbread Stuffing
Cornbread Dressing Squares
Mini Twice Baked Potatoes
Okay. The seitan turkey meatballs did not turn out as great as I imagined. I have to rework them because they were too bread-like. The stuffing was good, though.
Macaroni bites are ridiculously easy to make. I used Jess' macaroni recipe (minus the optional veggies and breadcrumbs) and a mini muffin pan. They are little bites of creamy deliciousness.
The mini potatoes were very loosely based on this Ray Ray recipe. However, I just did my own thing with the innards.
So, back to the stuffing. I came up with the recipe by starting with a basic outline and doing some research of other recipes. It tastes similar to my mom's so I'm happy. The cornbread recipe is adapted from Veganomicon's. Except I like my cornbread sweet because that's what I grew up on. If you don't, you might want to half the sugar.
1 recipe cornbread, cubed (recipe below)
3 cups bread, cubed
1/2 Tbsp rubbed sage
1 tsp thyme
2 Tbsp margarine
1 large white onion, diced
1.5 cups celery, diced
2-3 cups vegetable broth, added in 1/2 cup increments until moistened
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9X9 pan with nonstick spray. Set Aside.
Add cornbread, bread, sage, and thyme to a large mixing bowl. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt the margarine. Sautee the onion and celery until softened. Add to the bowl with the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Slowly add the vegetable broth in until the mixture is moistened. It should be wet enough to stick together but dry enough to be held in your hands. Now add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour mixture into casserole dish and bake for 35 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and dry to the touch. For bites, let it cool for a bit then cut into small 1 inch squares.
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch cake pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Combine non-dairy milk and vinegar. Set aside. Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and oil in a mixing bowl. Mix in the almond milk and vinegar mixture. Pour into the cake pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
These pumpkin cheesecake bites are adapted from My Sweet Vegan's Mini Icebox Cheesecake. I love these for two reasons. 1) Making a whole vegan cheesecake is expensive! This is not a 15 dollar cheesecake, but it's oh so good. 2) My Aunt Evelyn is pretty much known for her no bake cheesecake. Cooked cheesecake has been dead to me since I was 7.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
(makes 2-3 dozen)
8 oz package vegan cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon, plus more for garnish
2 tsp vanilla
pinch of ginger, allspice, and nutmeg
2-3 dozen gingersnaps or phyllo cups (baked according to instructions)
candied nuts or crystallized ginger for garnish (optional)
Blend cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and spices in a food processor until smooth. Spoon into a pastry bag or freezer bag (if your piping tube melted in the great churro frying incident of '09) and refrigerate until firm enough to pipe. Meanwhile set up your gingersnaps (or phyllo). They are going to be the crust for these bites. Once the filling is firm enough, pipe onto the crust. Place candied nuts or crystallized ginger on top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place in the freezer. I find I like these best right out of the freezer. They don't get firm or anything. Instead, it's like eating cheesecake ice cream or something.
How easy is that?! I'm telling you: mini Thanksgiving is where it's at! Two turntables and a microphooooone.