I have never made bruschetta before, partially because I don't make appetizers on a regular basis...and partially because most bruschetta recipes I've found since going vegan have cheese.
Cheese...Who needs cheese?! Luckily, due to The Tipsy Vegan and the recent 49ers success, bruschetta was in order. This recipe requires wine, obvi...and I am sooo hooked! This stuff is addicting. Beware.
Fair warning: this will be a long post...but I promise to incorporate oodles of pictures and only share good recipes ;) ...five and a half to be exact.
How was your Christmas? Did you get any good pressies? Here are the most amusing of my gifts ;)
Onto the food. I know that's all you people care about anyways ;)
Breakfast was the Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls you previewed yesterday.
They were fantastic and required little adaptation. Hands down one of the best vegan recipes I have ever had the pleasure of making. I made a half batch but did not halve the pumpkin pie filling because last time I made these no one could not they had pumpkin in them. It made a difference. The recipe can be found here and I will post the chocolate icing recipe below.
Christmas dinner started with salad topped with red grapes, toasted walnuts, dried figs, and a balsamic reduction.
Then we dug into the real feast...for me, it was mashed potatoes and gravy, wild rice pilaf, green beans, and rolls. The family had prime rib (and creme brulee for dessert).
Now, I am not a rice person, especially when it comes to pilaf. It has never been a palate pleasing dish for me but I would have to say as far a pilaf's go, this one is the best I've had. The dried fruits and wild rice are wonderful together and extremely filling. You can find this recipe on Oh She Glows. I omitted the onion and celery but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Enjoy :)
The Tahini-Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe came from Whole Foods. The vegan gravy was also from Oh She Glows. These two complimented each other well and the potatoes were wonderful but I look forward to trying the high-protein mashed potatoes recipe on OSG next year.
I am a terrible blogger. This is because as a food blogger you are supposed to post holiday recipes before the holidays so your fabulous followers can use your recipes for the upcoming festivities. I do not plan that far ahead, so for that I am sorry. But look at it this way...you will be that much more prepared for next year's meals ;) Tomorrow I will be sharing with you this recipe from OSG. Here's a preview : )
I made these garlic knots last Christmas and again a few nights ago and they continue to be a huge hit with my family. You really can't go wrong with simple yet superb flavors, beautiful presentation, and soft, pull-apart bread. As yeasted bread recipes go, this one is fairly simple, so if you have not made bread from scratch before, these are a good place to start!
As a side note...I would like to share the view from our living room a couple days ago...we are lucky enough to have a white Christmas. Jealous? Move to Colorado!