Tuesday, 21 December 2010
I received an email this morning from the fine people at Gardein telling us about their newest recipe creations for some beautiful holiday appetizers. These include Chick'n Spring Rolls and some delicious looking puff pastry-wrapped Savory Beefless Bites. Both the recipes sound really tasty so let us know if you try them and how they turn out.
Here are the recipes, straight from Gardein:
Chick’n Spring Rolls (pictured above)
1 package Fresh Gardein Chick’n Filets cut into 2” strips (or frozen Gardein Chick’n Scallopini (thawed) cut into 2” strips)
4 Tbsp Vegan Hoisin sauce
4 Garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp Sesame oil
16 Rice wrappers (8.5” diameter)
4 oz Rice vermicelli
1 cup carrots, peeled and julienne
1 cup Cucumber julienne
1 cup Green onion, bias thin cut
4 Tbsp Fresh mint, chiffonade
Place rice vermicelli in bowl and cover with hot water for 3-5 minutes or until al dente and drain. In a non stick pan over medium-high heat, add canola oil, cut Gardein chick’n and garlic and sauté 3 minutes until caramelized. Stir in Hoisin sauce and sesame oil and remove from heat. Fill a large bowl with warm water dip one wrapper into the hot water for 1 second to soften. Lay wrapper flat. In a row across the center, place 2 strips of chick’n, a handful of vermicelli, carrot, cucumber, green onion and fresh mint, leaving about 2 inches uncovered on each side. Fold uncovered sides inward then tightly roll the wrapper. Using a wet knife cut spring roll on a bias to appropriate size. Serve with Thai sweet chili sauce or sauce of your choice.
Savory Beefless Bites
1 package Frozen Gardein Beefless Tips (thawed)
4 oz Onion marmalade
1 package (or 15 oz) Vegan puff pastry pre rolled sheets
Sea salt fine, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
4 oz Vegan butter
Bring puff pastry sheets to room temperature 2 hours ahead of time to thaw. Preheat conventional oven to 400ºF.Cut ¼” thawed puff pastry into 3” x 3” squares, place 1 tsp onion marmalade in center of square and top with one Gardein tip. Pull all four edges of puff pastry over the top of the beefless tip, pinch and twist to cinch the pouch. Brush the outside of the pouch with 1 tsp of butter (this will help to caramelize). Place pouches on parchment lined bake pan, bake at 400ºF for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
10 min prep
20 min cook
What are some of your favorite vegan appetizers? Do you have any special vegan-friendly dishes that you make for the holidays?