Vegan Portobello Mozzarella Sandwich and September Thanksgiving
A good portobello sandwich is a beautiful thing, and I just happened to have a few portobellos hanging out in my fridge for yesterday’s lunch. I started by spritzing my mushrooms with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkling with sea salt, black pepper, and basil, and roasting at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. While my portobellos were roasting, I buttered the sandwich bread, sliced the Follow Your Heart vegan mozzarella, and washed a few leaves of purple kale. Once the mushrooms were ready, I assembled the sandwiches with a portobello, mozzarella, and kale, and stuck in the panini press for about 5 minutes, rotating once to get that nice panini criss-cross.
I’ve always been curious about those Tofurky Vegan Feast meals. They’re usually marketed for Thanksgiving, but let’s be honest, I’m definitely cooking everything at Thanksgiving. For me, that’s part of the whole holiday experience! Besides, one of those wouldn’t feed an entire extended family. So instead, I told the husband we were having a practice vegan Thanksgiving– Thanksgiving in September! He liked the sound of that…
Cute, right? Now it was time to turn all that boxed jumble into a meal. The box contains a stuffed Tofurky Roast, mushroom gravy, cranberry-apple potato dumplings, and jerky wish sticks. Recommendations for preparing the roast are printed on the box, and I took their advice for the most part, surrounding it with quartered potatoes, sliced onions, and chopped carrots in a large casserole dish. I basted with a sweet blend of 1/4 cup tamari, 1/4 cup pineapple juice, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and shoved the dish in the oven for 2 hours.
The gravy was simple. It just needed reheated in a saucepan, with a little water to smooth it out.
The dumplings were also quick to prepare. I just boiled them for a few minutes and then sautéed to brown.
It turned out to be such a delicious meal- even better than I expected. The roast is stuffed with a yummy wild rice and bread stuffing, and the dumplings filled with cinnamony cranberry apple mashed potatoes.
The boys finished by making wishes over their Tofurky jerky wish sticks. What a far better tradition than breaking some poor deceased animal’s bones!
Can you tell I”m a little bit excited about autumn? The leaves are starting to fall and I’m beginning to get visions of apple picking, pumpkin carving, playing in the leaves, and baking for the holidays.
Does being a vegan during the holidays stress you out? What’s your best advice for new vegans when non-veg food is being pressed at them left and right, and refusal only leads to interrogation?