Happy Be-lated Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving this year was at my in-laws. I decided not to bring anything of mine over to eat because (1) it would have been a big deal to reheat because his mom uses every inch of the stove and oven (understandably) (2) i woke up too late to make what I wanted. (3) i didn't feel like explaining what I would have been eating. Instead I decided to have my sister over on Friday for MY thanksgiving meal. This is one of the first real recipes I ever came up with years ago. I think even before I went to school. I still don't have a name for the recipe. I actually don't have the recipe written down. I'm still always changing it. This version that I made today was my favorite though. I took homemade seitan and minced it up. Sauteed it with shallots, garlic, thyme, sage, salt and pepper. Then deglazed it with red wine. Let it cook down again and deglazed it again with wine. It comes out so winey and so delicious I can't even explain the taste. While this is being done I have a mix of sliced mushrooms roasting in the oven until crispy and brown. And am also boiling sweet potatoes to be mashed. Once everything is finished cooking I break out the filo dough and start layering the sheets. Then plop on the mashed sweet potatoes, then the crispy mushrooms and finally the seitan and wrap it all up. I baked them in the oven for about 25 minutes or so. I served them with sauteed garlicky swiss chard. This was the first time I used sweet potatoes. I usually use red skin potatoes. I will never use anything other then sweet potatoes again. They went so well with the winey seitan and mushrooms. I also crisped the mushroom more then I usually do and it gave the whole dish a smokey taste to it. I can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!
One other thing. This was so easy to make considering all the different things that needed to be done for it. It took less than 1 hour to cook everything and assemble. It also could have been done sooner but I took little breaks to do whatever.
Dessert! The quickest, easiest dessert ever. This is the Coconut Chocolate Pudding from VwaV. It was so good. Nicole even liked it even though it was all natural. She prefers processed unnatural food. She also hates to cook. I don't know where she came from. My only problem with the recipe was the amount that it made. It should have served 4. There was no way in hell this would have served 4 people. Thankfully there was only 3 of us. I would definitely double the recipe next time. Or at least 1 1/2 times. I wish I had more right now!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Posted by JENNA at 12:37 AM