Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas Dinner

This was quite similar to our Thanksgiving dinner I suppose, but different enough. The homemade puff pastry we did for Thanksgiving was split in half at that time, with the 2nd half being frozen for just this occasion. So we again created little turnovers from the puff pastry but this time they were filled with greens (kale and collards) and mushrooms (white button, portobello and shiitake). We also did a couple of Food Network recipes again, namely Emeril's Cranberry Conserve and Tyler Florence's Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas. We cut the sweet potato recipe in half and it's easily veganized with margarine instead of butter and agave instead of honey. We also cut the margarine in half again and it was still excellent. Rounding out the plate were mashed Yukon gold potatoes with roasted garlic and mushroom gravy from Vegan with a Vengeance (I had hoped to use purple potatoes but we couldn't find any).

We thought about having something green on the plate as well, but instead I poked around our various cookbooks and found a nice salad recipe to start the meal. Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven is a book we haven't used much lately, but it has some good recipes in it, like this Onion-Wilted Spinach Salad. Sliced onions are cooked in olive oil with a little bit of cumin seed, then the hot onions and oil are added to the spinach, causing it to wilt slightly. Some lemon juice goes into the equation, along with sliced apple, avocado, salt and fresh ground pepper. Definitely something we'll think about making again.


Oh, and for dessert? Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake from the Fatfree Vegan Kitchen. Susan's already taken quite beautiful pictures of her creation so I don't think another one is necessary here, but I will give the recipe two thumbs up - way up.

3 comments:

funwithyourfood said...

you dinner looks great. I wish someone would make that cheesecake for me. I'm getting all cooked out hehe
Teddy

Urban Vegan said...

Looks like you had quite a feast. The avocados in that photo really caught my eye.

Pittsburgh Midwife said...

yumm...