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Monday, February 20, 2012

A CHILDHOOD FAVORITE VEGAN-IZED-- DO YOU HAVE ONE YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE VEGAN?

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My Mom's (Vegan-ized) Chik'n with White Wine and Rosemary

This last weekend on the CBC Radio One program "North by Northwest" they were asking for readers'  stories and experiences looking for lost childhood favorite recipes or foods.  That got me thinking about my own childhood favorites.  Of course, like most of us, I was not raised vegan, so some of my old favorites were "meaty".  My late mother, Eve Urbina, was a great cook, but not a baker, so not many homemade desserts came to mind (we mostly had yogurt and fruit for dessert).  But one of my real favorite from my Mom's repertoire  was chicken sauteed in olive oil with white wine and rosemary, which resulted in a sticky, flavorful "goo" at the bottom of the pan, which she would mix with steamed long-grain rice to serve with the chicken.

So, I attempted a vegan version for our Saturday night dinner, using some Gardein-made meatless "chicken breasts" we can buy frozen in our local Great Canadian Superstore.  The most difficult part is getting the "goo" at the bottom of the pan.  I tried a trick from my Italian cookbook "Nonna's Italian Kitchen", agar-jelled broth, but made with Better Than Bouillon No-Chicken Vegan Broth Paste instead of my homemade broth from the book. However, despite my jelled broth addition and cooking it down, the residue in the pan refused to get as “sticky-gooey” as the original.  That’s probably because there was much more fat in my childhood version.  But no worries— the resulting sauce was absolutely delish!

Do you have a "lost childhood recipe” or a commercial or bakery/restaurant childhood treat or favorite ", that you are looking for, or have found and want to vegan-ize, or that you have already succeeded in making vegan?   I'd like to hear about it and, though I can't guarantee that I can do the vegan-izing for you, I'm happy to give you my two cents.

MY MOM’S "CHIKN BRESTS" WITH ROSEMARY AND WHITE WINE, VEGANIZED Servings: 4
This dish is extremely quick and easy to make, but one of my all-time favorites for flavor. I was trying to more-or-less replicate the chicken with white wine dish that my mother often made when I was a child growing up in a California winery. She would mix steamed long-grain rice in the pan in which the chicken and herbs had been cooked and scrape up the delicious, sticky  residue to mix with the rice. You could do the same with this dish, if you like.
UPDATE: This reviewer loved the dish and he made it with my "Breast of Tofu" (recipe in most of my books), known as "Crispy Marinated Tofu" in "World Vegan Feast", instead of the "Chikn".

4   PC Blue Menu Meatless “Chicken Breasts” (117g each) (in Canada); or use 8 pieces Gardein Turk’y Cutlets or Chick’nScalloppini, or Gardein Chick’n Filets in the US; or equivalents poultry sub available in your area
1/4 cup   Seasoned Flour (see below)      
1 Tbs   extra-virgin olive oil   
3 cups  sliced mushrooms, white, cremini, or chantarelle     
4 cloves   garlic, minced         
1 cup   jelled "chicken-style" vegetarian broth (see below)   
3/4 cup   white wine, such as a Riesling (can be non-alcoholic) or a dry white wine with a little medium sherry mixed in        
2   sprigs fresh rosemary, stripped off the stalk and chopped           
freshly-ground black pepper to taste 

Dredge the “Breasts” or Filets” or “Cutlets” in Seasoned Flour. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, arrange coated pieces in the pan. Cook until one side is golden, then turn them over and cook until the other side is golden. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the mushrooms and garlic to the pan and sprinkle with a little salt. Stir-fry them over high heat, adding a tiny bit of water if they seem to be sticking (the mushrooms will exude a little liquid), until they start to wilt. Add the browned pieces back to the pan, along with the wine, jelled broth and rosemary. Cook over high heat, stirring gently now and then, until it cooks down and forms a thick sauce. Quickly remove from heat and grind pepper over the dish. Serve immediately over steamed rice or mashed potatoes (or mix the rice with any sauce left in the pan and serve the dish over that.)

 Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 251.4 calories; 23% calories from fat; 6.7g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 794.0mg sodium; 842.7mg potassium; 14.9g carbohydrates; 2.6g fiber; 2.4g sugar; 12.3g net carbs; 27.3g protein; 5.1 points.

 Cooking Tips
JELLED BROTH:  Adding agar to vegan broth gives it even more body, enabling it to coat foods the way melted fat does. Mix 1 3/4 cups hot water in a small saucepan with 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon No-Chicken Vegan broth paste.  Add 3/4 tsp. agar powder with 1/4 cup cold water and stir into the pot.  Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. Keep any leftovers refrigerated in a tightly-covered container. The jelled broth will melt when heated.

BRYANNA’S SEASONED FLOUR
Keep some of this in a tightly-covered container in the refrigerator-- you'll find many uses for it.

Mix together 2 cups whole wheat, or other wholegrain, flour, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes, 1 tsp. salt, and, optional, 1 tsp. onion powder and freshly-ground black pepper to taste.

Enjoy!


23 comments:

Debbie said...

For Valentine's Day I made vegan 'chicken' cacciatore. It was jusr as delicious as I remembered it to be. More so, because no animals died for my pleasure. Gardein breasts make it easy to veganize so many old favorites.

Mattheworbit said...

That looks really fantastic. And thanks for the agar-coaty-broth tip!

KathyG said...

My husband is going to love that recipe, Bryanna. Except I can't find a really good chicken sub locally but it should work with marinated extra firm tofu, don't you think?

One of my childhood favourites was what my mother called "Grashak Paprikash" and my grandma called "Goulash" (former Yugoslav, latter Hungarian). It's not the goulash recipe I see most often, although I've never seen two identical ones! It is similar to one that was served at a temporary Hungarian restaurant at the World Expo when it came to Aus in the '80s though. It's a very simple stew consisting of just about any meat (usually beef but often made with chicken and pork by both matriarchs), potatoes, peas and dumplings. The meat's no problem to veganize and I veganised the dumplings by trial and error, only to end up with something virtually identical to your "feather-light dumplings" from one of your cookbooks.

One desert I'd love to veganise but haven't had enough time to play with and am not sure on best subs is a cheesecake mum makes with cottage cheese, cream and maybe some beaten eggwhite (but I'm not sure about that bit). It's a cold set, European style of cheesecake but a bit lighter with just a tiny bit of graininess which normally I wouldn't like, but it's just right for that dessert somehow. I can't get vegan versions of cottage cheese or cream here and I'm not sure which of the homemade varieties would be best so I haven't really tried. Would be nice to have it for my birthday, though, which is coming up....

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

KathyG, I wonder if you could work with this Italian recipe to make something like what you describe? http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/03/pastiera-napolitana-vegan-neapolitan.html

Sarah said...

My favorite recipe from childhood was London Broil. I wonder what preparation for seitan would be ideal to simulate the texture of flank steak? Or should I try soy curls? I haven't eaten meat is so long I actually can't remember what the texture should be. Thanks!

elizabeth said...

What a great recipe, would love to try it but I don't have any of the cutlets available. I know it wouldn't be in "chicken breast" form, but do you think I could try a version with soy curls?

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

elizabeth, you could try it with Soy Curls. But you could also try it with my "Breast of Tofu" from my older books or "Crispy Marinated Tofu" from World Vegan Feast. Do you have any of those books? Also, where do you live-- just wondering if some product that you're not aware of might be available in your area.

elizabeth said...

I live and hour from Butte, MT. I've never looked for vegan chicken cutlets, but am sure the local health food store would order some for me. I've never bought any meat subs and don't have my eye out for them when I'm shopping. I love tofu and do have some in the fridge. I don't have your books, but will have to order some soon!

elizabeth said...

Sounds like you have some great products where you live in Canada. I wish I could get the PC Blue Menu Peach & Passion Fruit Twice The Fruit Spread that I read about on your site, sounds so delicious! My parents go to B.C. every summer, so I'm going to have my Mom look for it.

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

elizabeth, I went on the "store locator" on the Gardein site, and they have Gardein products at the Safeway in Dillon and Helena. Is that any help?

elizabeth said...

My husband is going to Helena in a couple weeks, I'll have him check Safeway. Thank you Bryanna! Now where can I buy that passionfruit jam?

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

You've got me there!

in2insight said...

This looks wonderful, and have printed it to make this weekend.

My childhood fav was rosted chicken and potatoes, done in a pan. No clue how it was made however.

Spice Island Vegan said...

My childhood favorite is Lumpia Semarang (Semarang is the town where I was born). http://whattocooktoday.com/semarang-style-lumpia-lumpia-semarang.html Here is what it looks like. It looks like fried spring rolls but the filling is made of bamboo shoots, pork, prawn, and eggs. They are not always fried. We also like it soft like the Vietnamese spring roll (rice paper rolls).
I can veganize it but haven't tried it yet.

Debbie

Anonymous said...

Chicken and dumplings! I would also enjoy a vegan pansit recipe. This southeast Asian dish is noodles, veggies and roasted chopped up pork chops!

KathyG said...

I saw that recipe when you posted it and it looks nice but a bit involved for me. I don't think it will end up like mum's cheese cake, but I have considered using the filling to replicate her ricotta strudel which she makes with philo pastry.

In the meantime, I've emailed my sister to get the recipe for mum's cheesecake... Experimenting to start soon...

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

kathyG, I was thinking of the "cheese-y" part, without the cooked grains...and, of course, with your own flavoring.

KathyG said...

Oh, ok. I'll have a closer look at it again. Probably not for a couple of weeks though.

On another note, what's happening with that buttery spread experiment? I was wanting some the other day....

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

I'm just waiting for final testing results from the testers.

Anonymous said...

I used to like Lemon Chicken from Asian restaurants very much,
Would also love a good whipped cream recipe sub.

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Anonymous, there are 2 different lemon Chicken recipes in my Chinese cookbook "Authentic Chinese Cuisine for the Contemporary Kitchen"( http://tinyurl.com/3gsutls ), and my favorite "whipped cream" recipe (from my new book" is here; http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/09/almond-cream-whipped-topping.html

in2insight said...

Wow, this was a real winner. Thank you, thank you, so much for sharing this recipe. Truly outstanding dish.
I blogged about it on my site too.

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Thanks for the feedback, in2sight! And I'm so glad you liked the cassoulette, too!