Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Bowl of Chili (And other GF/DF/Vegan Recipes)


Super Bowl is about football, food and friends.  It shouldn't be about dead animals, amirite?  It is absolutely possible to have a super fun Super Bowl Party without meat on the buffet.  Here's what we served at our Super Bowl party yesterday:



First things first: Goosey wants everyone to know that despite the loss, she still thinks the Niners are #1.  Now back to the food...


The ubiquitous veggie platter got a boost with my homemade dip.  Here's the recipe:

GF/DF/VEGAN VEGGIE DIP:

Mix all of the following in a bowl, then store in the fridge. Ba-da-boom.
 
1 cup of Veganaise
1/4 cup cashew cream
1/4 cup finely minced green onion
1 TBS dried parsley
1 TBS dried dill
1 tsp garlic powder
Pinch of salt and pepper to taste


The veggie dip also tasted pretty great as the dip for the BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER BITES.  I followed the recipe from Buns In My Oven since this was my first time making faux wings.  These puppies were tasty, but packed serious heat.  Eat with caution!


You may not know this about me, but I'm obsessed with corn.  I love the stuff in whatever form it comes in - popped, grits, bread, you name it.  But above all, I love it straight from the cob, preferably grilled.  Earlier this week I had just that - grilled corn on the cob.  The leftovers I used to make this quick salad for the Super Bowl feast.

MEGA EASY GRILLED CORN SALAD 

1 TBS non-dairy butter (I use coconut butter)
2 cups corn kernels (scraped from grilled cobs is best)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika (or more to taste)
1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup baby lettuce leaves, chopped

In a pan on medium heat, melt the butter, then add the corn and spices.  Toss in pan for about four minutes until corn is well coated with spices.  Place in bowl.  Stir in tomatoes and lettuce.  Serve at room temp.    


And now for the Super Bowl of Chili Verde! I am pretty proud of this for the following reasons:

1.  I had to overcome my fear of cooking with fresh hot peppers
2.  I had to SERIOUSLY adapt a meaty recipe to make this vegan
3.  A Mexican guest at our party said it tasted legit.

Here's how to make this GF/DF/Vegan Mexican masterpiece:


INGREDIENTS:
4 green tomatoes, chopped (divided)
3 poblano peppers, seeded and chopped (divided)
1 yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, whole
1 cup fresh cilantro (plus more for garnish)
2 cups of warm water (divided)

2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
1 pint cherry tomatoes (I used yellow ones)
5 cups of softened beans (I used canned pinto and kidney)
1 lime, juiced
3 TBS coconut butter (to add fat to the broth)
2 TBS cumin
1 TBS garlic powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

1 cup of cashew cream

DIRECTIONS:
In a food processor or blender (the goal is to get the liquid as smooth as possible, so judge your own machines on which will get the job done), liquify the following: 3 of the green tomatoes, 2 of the poblano peppers, the onion, garlic, cilantro and 1/2 cup of the water.  Once smooth, transfer the liquid to a large stock pot and heat on medium.  

Add everything else to the pot, EXCEPT for the cashew cream.  (The cream should be reserved for the VERY END just before serving because it tends to curdle if overheated.)  Let simmer on low for at least an hour to soften the potatoes and beans.  I let our pot sit on low for almost three hours and it was great.  Adjust the seasoning to taste.  Garnish with fresh cilantro and crumbled tortilla chips for funzies.

NOTES: If you want to give the soup extra heat, you can add finely minced jalapeno peppers or extra poblano.  Since we're pepper wimps, we thought this was sufficiently hot as is.  Also - use caution when working with the peppers. I accidentally rubbed my eye and nose while cutting the poblano peppers and my skin did start to burn a little.  Not the worst kitchen tragedy, but worth mentioning.  

 
What else was at the party?  Some packaged snacks like plantain chips and salsa, potato chips and onion dip, potato skins, and a platter of gluten free chocolate chip cookies which were consumed before I could snap a picture.  Oh, and beer.

Although the Niners lost, it was still a fun party.  Goosey enjoyed watching the game (as you can see, her pink seat was front and center) as well as stretching her legs between plays by continuing to color on her castle that we got her at Christmas (best spent $12 EVER, btw). 

We hope you enjoyed your game festivities as well!

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