Vegan MoFo 2013: Guacamole empanadas

September 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Posted in recipe, VeganMoFo | Leave a comment
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Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

I have been on a Hispanic/Mexican kick in my kitchen lately. I whip up nachos, queso, burritos and other spicy dishes regularly now.

Jamieson (aka Batman) bought me guacamole from Aldi’s recently. (I now LOVE guacamole. Where have you been all my life?!?) On the back of the carton was a recipe for guacamole empanadas. The recipe, as usual, was not vegan-friendly in the least, with 1 pound of ground beef or chicken included in the list of ingredients.

Well, guys and gals, it is Vegan MoFo, so I made vegan guacamole empanadas! Mine aren’t that pretty to look at, but delicious to eat. You can sub the tofu for your favorite mock meat or even beans. Just make sure they are drained properly and are kind of mushy, as it is easier to spread on the dough.

Guacamole empanadas
Serves 4 (1 each)

Ingredients

  • 1 package of crescent roll dough
  • 1/2 cup of prepared guacamole
  • 1/2 cup of tomatillo salsa (recipe to follow)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 12-ounce container of lite silken tofu, pressed
  • 1/2 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of vegan cheddar cheese shreds

Recipe

  1. Saute pressed tofu in a skillet, adding taco seasoning halfway through. Let it cool for about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat over according to dough’s instructions (probably 425 degrees F.)
  3. Take out the dough from the container. To form one empanada, place two triangles together, to form one larger triangle. Do this for all the dough, until you form four.
  4. Add 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice into guacamole and stir.
  5. First, place a long layer of tomatillo salsa to the fatter end of the dough. Then add a long layer of tofu, of guacamole and lastly cheese.
  6. Take the thin area of the dough and fold over to the fat layer, forming a pocket. Press down on the sides to seal.
  7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

Tomatillo salsa
Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red tomato
  • 3-4 small green tomatillos
  • 1 small sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped, canned jalapenos and green chiles
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions

Recipe

  1. Chop everything into small pieces, then add to a bowl.
  2. Stir and chill before serving.
Tomatillo salsa; photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Tomatillo salsa; photo by Bethany Fehlinger

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50 States, 50 Vegan Dishes: Texas vegan chile con queso

June 25, 2013 at 10:00 am | Posted in 50 States 50 Vegan Dishes | 2 Comments
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Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

The heat might have us feeling like we are really residents of Texas rather than Pennsylvania.

I know, Texas probably has a dry heat, unlike our latest humidity bubble, but Texas is where I drew inspiration from to make chile con queso.

I chose Texas for my next culinary experiment for 50 States, 50 Vegan Dishes because I have spicy food on the brain. After Cinco de Mayo and the Mission burritos, I realized I have grown to love spicy, Mexican food. This is funny to me, as I never experimented with these flavors before I went vegan and my struggles with IBS prevented my culinary explorations.

But now, bring on the spice!

Chile con queso is popular at Tex-Mex restaurants as an appetizer or side dish, served with tortilla chips. It is usually just spicy, melted cheese, but you can add black beans to the cheese and serve a bowl of guacamole on the side.

I found this super simple recipe by The Food Network and substituted vegan ingredients. I also went with canned chilies and jalapenos because I figured that was the safest bet for me, though fresh can be subbed instead. I also took a tip from the comments and sauteed the veggies before creating the cheese masterpiece.

Wanting to take it to another level of spicy, I used Daiya Jalapeno Garlic Havarti. This blows the dish away. And even though it seems like this dip would be bad for you, one serving is 80 calories.

Get ready for some fondue fun!

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