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Recipe: Mushroom-Pecan Terrine

Pecan-Mushroom Terrine

Pecan-Mushroom Terrine

Traditionally, a terrine is a loaf of meat and fat (similar to pâté) with more coarsely chopped ingredients. This recipe for Mushroom-Pecan Terrine takes out the meat and most of the fat to create a vegetarian alternative.

It’s perfect accompanying cheeses, crackers, fruits and other nuts. It’s also very simple to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound mushrooms (I used button)
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme (about 10 sprigs), finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten

Mushroom, Garlic and Red Onion

Mushroom, Garlic and Red Onion Add Great Flavors to this Terrine


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a small loaf pan, line it with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 TBSP butter.
  4. In two batches, pulse the mushrooms in a food processor until finely chopped (3 to 4 pulses). Be careful not to overprocess as mushrooms will turn to mush.
  5. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent (about 8 minutes). Add the garlic and mushrooms and saute for 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the sherry and continue cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated. Mix in the salt, pepper and thyme and set aside to cool.
  7. Transfer mushroom mixture to a large bowl and, once cooled, fold in pecans, eggs and cheese. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until inserted knife comes out relatively clean. While it bakes, the eggs may cause it to rise, but it will settle while cooling.
  9. Cool in the pan then transfer (in the pan) to refrigerator. Remove when the terrine has completely cooled to prevent breaking and/or crumbling.

The Mushroom-Pecan Terrine packs a ton of flavor into a small loaf. In fact, you really won’t miss the meat at all.

Additionally, this terrine would probably work as a meatloaf alternative if you wanted to double the ingredients to create a larger loaf.

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Cookin', Recipes, Sides

 

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Recipe: Rainbow Frittata

Rainbow Frittata

Rainbow Frittata

So which came first? The Rainbow-Stuffed Chicken or the Rainbow-Stuffed Egg (Rainbow Frittata)? This isn’t a mind bender. The answer is the Rainbow-Stuffed Chicken.

I had leftover rainbow mix so I recycled it to make this equally delicious frittata in my handy dandy cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, you need to rush out and buy one ASAP.

Ingredients:

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
  • Bell Pepper Blend

    Multicolored Bell Peppers, Mushrooms and Red Onions

  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup button mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place butter in skillet and place in oven.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with milk, salt and pepper. The add remaining ingredients to the bowl and lightly whisk to incorporate all ingredients.
  3. Once butter has melted in skillet, remove from the oven and move around melted butter to coat the skillet.
  4. Pour in egg mixture and place back in oven.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until center of the frittata is set.
  6. Let cool in skillet then invert onto serving plate. Slice and serve.

This is just another use for the rainbow mix that is so versatile and works well in many dishes.

The best part of this recipe is that it’s packed with nutrients from the veggies and protein from the eggs. So it make nearly the perfect breakfast and/or brunch dish, but it’s good during any meal time.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Breakfast, Cookin', Recipes

 

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Recipe: Tofu-touille

Tofu-touille

Tofu-touille

Tofu-touille is a take on the French vegetable dish ratatouille. This is a great way to add some extra protein to ratatouille without sacrificing calories. If you’re wary to try tofu A) you shouldn’t be and B) you can omit without changing up the dish too much.

This makes a great casserole for Fall that’s loaded with nutrients and low on calories.

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 block firm tofu, drained and dried
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Sauteeing Eggplant

    Sauteeing Eggplant

  • 1 eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup oyster mushrooms
  • 1 cup button mushrooms
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Coat bottom and sides of a 2 quart Dutch oven with olive oil.
  2. Tofu-touille Finished

    Tofu-touilee Out of the Oven

  3. Saute garlic until lightly browned, mix in parsley and eggplant. Saute until eggplant is soft, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread eggplant mixture evenly across bottom of the Dutch oven. Sprinkle with some mozzarella cheese. Spread zucchini in an even layer over top. Lightly season and sprinkle with more cheese. Continue layering in the order of your choice with onion, mushrooms and bell pepper. Cover each layer with seasoning and cheese.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes and serve.

This is a delicious one-pot wonder that can serve as an entree or a side dish. You can also add in any vegetables of your choice making this version of ratatouille a truly versatile vegetarian dish.

Photos courtesy of Miguel Solorzano Photography.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Cookin', One-Pot Wonders, Recipes

 

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