Semicircular Vegan

Semi-Sorry! by ijustdiedinside
December 21, 2007, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I feel really bad about not blogging at all this week. The holidays make everything kind of crazy. So I will give you some awesome things that are happening in the world of GT Xpress blogging.

My blog is being blogged about!
Infomercial-Hell and GT Xpress Recipes both blogged about my blog! (that’s so meta)
Check them out for awesomeness in the world of infomercials and Cathy Mitchell.

And especially check out the post where Cathy Mitchell responds! Holy moly!

Also, I’ve inspired another blogger to buy and blog about the GT Xpress!
Check out awesome Bunniee’s blog. Those cheesy corndogs look super awesome!


Cutlet Rollups by ijustdiedinside
December 15, 2007, 7:36 pm
Filed under: dinner

One of the best (by best I mean grossest) recipes in the GT Xpress cookbook is for Asparagus and Beef Rollups. It’s just something about the word rollups and also something about a hunk of meat wrapped around a sad, mushy vegetable that makes this recipe horrible and fascinating. Here it is as written:

2 (4-ounce) thinly sliced top round sandwich steaks, pounded

2 slice swiss cheese

4 asparagus spears, trimmed

hollandaise sauce

place one piece of cheese on each piece of pounded beef. Add 2 asparagus spears to each. Roll up jellyroll fashion. Place the rolls seam side down into the wells. Cook 7 minutes until well browned. Serve with hollandaise sauce or your favorite sauce. Serves 2.

So, I took this idea and decided that chickpea cutlets from Veganomicon would be perfect. They can be rolled out pretty flat, like a piece of pounded beef (ew?) And have a great meaty texture.

The asparagus at my store was old and wilted looking, so I decided to roll up some spinach in the cutlets instead. Also, I didn’t use any cheeze. Does this even count as a veganized recipe? Sure, why not!

The cookbook also says you can make baked potatoes so I cut up some red new potatoes and coated them in a little oil, salt and pepper and put those in beside the “rollup.”

The results: These came out just OK. I would say this is my first sort of failure in the cooker. I had to cook the cutlet and the potatoes for about 35 minutes and while the potatoes were perfectly done, the cutlet did not fully cook in the center. It might have been because it sort of steamed itself in there with the spinach. The outside was nice and chewy, but the inner parts of the cutlet were mushy. I guess trying to veganize an all beef recipe just didn’t work. I feel like I need to mention here that these chickpea cutlets are an amazing recipe when pan fried or baked! This only gets 2.5 our of 5 semicircles for not really working and not really being semicircular! I feel sort of good about a recipe not working. Things were going a little too well!

“pounded” cutlet ready to roll up

rolled up, pre-cooking

in the wells with potatoes

finished product with some more Don’t Eat Off the Sidewalk gravy.

Chocolate Semi Souffles by ijustdiedinside
December 11, 2007, 3:41 am
Filed under: Baked goods

More dessert! This time in the form of chocolate cake. The GT Xpress cookbook calls these “chocolate souffle,” but really it’s just chocolate cake with a candy bar stuck in the center. On the infomercial they stick some halloween bite-size candy bars in the middle of the batter, but I decided to be a little bit classier and go with a Ritter Sport Marzipan bar.

I halved the recipe for Your Basic Chocolate Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and stuck a few squares of the marzipan bar in the middle.

These only had to bake for 10 minutes and they came out great, once again! Not like souffle, obviously, more like a chocolate cake with chocolate in the middle.

Still totally good and easy and semicircular. Is there anything this machine can’t do?

Leftover Makeover by ijustdiedinside
December 8, 2007, 4:32 am
Filed under: leftover makeovers

Cathy Mitchell is sure we will love her leftover makeovers, most of which involve putting some leftovers into a tortilla and making a “grilled stuffed burrito.” Being from San Diego, I’m realllllly picky about Mexican food, so I will most likely not be putting leftovers into a tortilla and making a mock taco bell delicacy. I did, however, make my own leftover makeover. I will call it um…how about Mashed Potato Moons.

I took some leftover mashed potatoes and mixed it up with some leftover sauteed kale and tempeh sausage crumbles from Vegan with a Vengeance and smushed it into the wells of the GT.

Then I baked until they were crispy on the outside and seemed done. I had a bit of a problem getting them out, even using the handy angled spatula that came with the machine, but they were still able to keep their semicircular shape! SCORE!

I ate them with some gravy from Don’t Eat Off the Sidewalk 2 . They were good! but that seems kind of obvious. Tempeh sausage crumbles, kale and mashed potatoes are always good!

I’m giving this one 5 out of 5 Cathy Mitchells because I’m pretty sure she’d be proud of how easy this was. Of course, she’s probably never heard of tempeh, but maybe she’ll find this blog while googling herself and maybe she’ll become vegan! A girl can dream can’t she?

Semipeño Cheeze Corndogs by ijustdiedinside
December 4, 2007, 4:29 pm
Filed under: stuffed things

After eating way too many cheeze semiscuits, I could not wait to bake more savory breads with faux cheeze inside. Inspired by a combination of recipes in the GT Xpress cookbook (including Mashed Potato Hot Dog Bake), I came up with Semipeño (or jalapeño) Cheeze Corndogs.

I used the PPK cornbread recipe and added a small can of diced jalapeños and a few slices of diced Tofutti Cheeze. Then I poured about 2/3 of a cup of batter into the GT Xpress and plopped a veggie dog in the center. I probably should have poured some batter, then put the dog in and then topped it with more batter, but this way worked out ok and I’ll know for next time, and oh yes, there will be a next time.

As these were baking it smelled strongly of ballpark/movie theater nacho cheese, which I used to think was gross when I ate real cheese, but I’ve come to like that fake cheesy-ness since going vegan. It seems like vegan cheeze is best at replicating fake, processed real cheese.

Once again, I was expecting the worst when I opened the machine after about 15 minutes. I always expect to see some horrible gooey mess, but the GT Xpress has not failed me yet, so maybe it’s time I started having a little more faith. These two half circular “nachos with a hot dog in the middle” looked perfect! Brown, crispy, firm to the touch and a toothpick in the center came out perfectly clean. It was almost like a pre-chanukkah semi-miracle.

Not only did these look great, but they tasted great too! The PPK cornbread recipe was perfect for this and the cheese and jalapenos added a lot of awesome flavor. I also had salad with it so I could at least pretend I was having a healthy dinner.

Thank god for corndogs!

This definitely gets 5 out of 5 semi-circles because I was craving another one last night and now I am going to have one for lunch.

Here’s one last shot for your semicircular viewing pleasure.