Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Last Minute Thanksgiving Offerings- Savory Yams, Roasted Garlic Mash and Falldorf Salad

So this year for the big food day I'm making Savory Yams, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Falldorf Salad. Falldorf Salad you ask? Well, it's similar to the classic Waldorf but instead of apples I use pear and persimmon and add a dash of nutmeg. So yummy!



2 ripe pears cubed
2 fuyu persimmons cubed
3 stalks of celery chopped
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cup of halved red grapes
4 tablespoons of mayo or vegenaise
juice of half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Behold! The Last bunch of celery left in Atwater Village....

Ahhh the glorious color of the Fuyu

Mix the ingredients adding nutmeg to taste as well as salt and pepper. Serve over a bed of lettuce and friggin enjoy this no-cook, recipe that even your vegan cousin Max will enjoy with fervor.


Another vegan fave for your cousin to shove in his mouth as he tells the family about his new yoga studio.

Preheat oven to 400.
Cube your peeled yams. Toss in oil and dust with McCormick's Honey Chipotle Rub, if you don't have this on hand sprinkle brown sugar (or honey), salt, cayenne, pepper and a dash of cumin. Bake until tender, occasionally rotating and flipping the cubes for an even back.

OHhhhh Yes these smell good.

In batches, add to a food processor adding a bit of unsweetened soy milk, don't drown them, and blend until creamy.

Now smooth the top and lick the spatula clean. Soooo good right?


I went with the red smooth taters for this one. Threw them into a pot of boiling water with two bay leaves and some salt. Once they were really tender and ready for a good mash I pulled them out. As for the garlic, I cut an entire bulb in half, drizzled olive oil over it and baked it with my yams. It got golden brown and buttery soft. Add the potatoes to a bowl with chopped fresh thyme, a few tablespoons of Earthbound or butter, some unsweetened soy milk and squeeze the cloves of garlic out from the bulb.

I don't have a masher so I first smashed them a bit with my spoon and then did the rest of the dirty work with my trusty hand blender. Worked like a charm!

Add salt and pepper to taste. Super yummy and guess what? Max the vegan just licked his plate clean and didn't complain once that there wasn't any food for him this year.

Have a great Thanksgiving. See you all next week.


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