Sunday, April 25, 2010

Loaded baked potato perogis- Veggie Conquest 4

The theme ingredient for the 4th Veggie Conquest was potatoes. I threw down with a whole mess 'o loaded baked potato perogies. Vegan update of a comfort food classic. The perogis are stuffed with baked russet potatoes (with the skins), tempeh bacon, broccoli, leeks, daiya cheddar cheese, and tofutti better than sour cream. They are topped with tofutti sour cream and chives; and shallots sauteed in Earth Balance. I couldn't find fresh chives anywhere, so there's a little parsley for garnish.Veggie conquest is always really fun and the food is always amazing. Following the tasting, we had a buffet dinner of dishes made by the volunteers featuring Match Meats. One of which was a beefy noodle casserole that was quite like school cafeteria beef-a-roni, in a good way. Match Meats gave all the guests a sample to take home, so lets see what I can do with some vegan ground pork! I forgot to grab a menu, so here are the other veggie conquest entries with descriptions as I remember them:
First place was a nori potato salad. Nice Asian inspired flavorsSecond place and the taster's choice was these sweet potato cigars made with filo dough and a sweet sauce. This one was a great balance of sweet and savory.

Third place went to this lovely sweet potato and corn soup. Great smoky and spicy hint of chipotle.

Honorable mentions were my perogis, and these:Gluten Free samosas. Good Indian spices. Served in little radicchio cups. These potato bites had a really interesting tamarind sauce and I love cilantro.

All in all another totally fun vegan event. Here's the recipe for the perogi. The ninja powered down quite a few, so this dish is officially omni-approved

Loaded baked potato perogis - makes about 50

Potato mixture:
2 russet potatoes baked skin on
1 head steamed broccoli
1 leek trimmed, chopped, and cooked
1 recipe tempeh bacon crumbles
1/2 tub vegan sour cream
1 8 oz package daiya cheddar cheese

Remove the peel from the potatoes and chop into small pieces. Mash potato insides with the sour cream and add all other ingredients. Mix it together well, so that every 1 tsp bite will get all ingredients.

Tempeh bacon crumbles:
1 8oz. package tempeh
1 tsp liquid smoke
2 TBS vinegar
2 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS canola oil
Optional Hickory Bacon Salt or Penzeys pork chop seasoning

Crumble tempeh into a sealable container and add liquid smoke, vinegar and soy sauce (you don't really have to measure.) Let marinate a few hours to overnight. Heat canola oil in skillet, add marinated crumbles and cook until browned and crispy. Add some bacon salt or pork chop seasoning if it needs a little extra bacony kick.

Perogi dough:
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup mashed potato
1/2 cup vegan sour cream
1/2 cup water

Mix together to form a smooth ball. Add extra flour as needed so dough is not sticky. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour (up to overnight.)

Break off about an eighth of the dough and roll out thin. I used a pasta roller to number 5. Cut into circles with a drinking glass or pastry cutter. I used 2 1/2 inch diameter mason jar so they were about two-bite sized. Brush with soy milk (OK, I had a little dish and I just dunked one side in.) Fill with 1 tsp filling and fold in half sealing the edges.

Boil for about 2 minutes. Drain and saute in Earth Balance and canola oil until crispy. I found that with just Earth Balance they stuck to the bottom of the pan, so I added a little canola oil and that helped.

For garninsh: Saute a few diced shallots. Add chives to vegan sour cream.

Serve hot and top the perogis with the sauteed shallots and the sour cream and chives.


Vic Robinson said...

This looks super fun and very elegant! Great work!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Those sound like some awesome dishes!

Tracy said...

*drool* you are amazing!

For the Love of Guava said...

those are amazing! Definitely on my menu for next week!

Janet said...

I haven't made perogies in forever and I am totally craving them now!

Jenny said...

That contest sounds so fun. All of the winners' food looks great, but I have to say, I am thinking about those perogis the most now.

Sindy said...

I'm sorry, but your's looked (and sounded)the best. Wish I could've been there to taste!