Merry Christmas! Here are some recipes that I am planning on making for Christmas. This year I am keeping the menu simple and some what traditional. We will not have all of our extended family this year so it should be a quiet Christmas. I hope you all have a very happy holiday.
Christmas Eve Dinner Menu:
Caramelized onion and olive tart
mashed potatoes and gravy
Egg Nog Cheesecake From Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Caramelized Onion and Olive Tart
1/2 recipe for pie crust (below)
1 package firm tofu drained and pressed
1 clove of garlic finely minced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 TBSP Italian Seasoning
1/4 Cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
1 medium onion sliced
1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
Pie Crust (makes 2 crusts)
2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1 Tbls of sugar
8 Tbsp of butter
6 Tbsp of non hydrogenated shortening
1/2 Cup of ice cold water
Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add in the butter and shortening. Pulse until the butter and shortening are coarsely combined with the flour. There should still be some small pieces. Slowly add the water with the processor running until the dough comes together. Remove the dough, divide it in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375. After the dough has chilled, roll it out and press it into a tart pan or a 9 inch pie pan and cover it with parchment. Put in pie weights or fill the shell with dry beans to keep the crust from puffing up while it is baking.Bake the crust for about 10 minutes then set it aside to cool.
In a large bowl mash together the tofu, garlic, lemon, nutritional yeast, salt and italian seasoning. Let it sit while you cook the onions.
Bring 1/2 cup of water to boil in a sauce pan and add the onion. Cook the onion for about 30-45 minutes until it has caramelized adding more water as needed to keep it from sticking.
Put the tofu mixture into the pit shell and top it with the caramelized onion and olives. Bake it for another 20 minutes.
1 bag of fresh cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes. Transfer it to a bowl and let cool.
Christmas Brunch Menu:
fruit and granola bake
Sausage and cheddar tofu frittata
Fruit and Granola Bake
6 cups of frozen fruit – I like to use mixed berries, but just use your favorite
1/2 cups sugar
3 cups of granola
Preheat the oven to 375. Put the fruit and the sugar into a casserole dish and mix it together. Top it with the granola. Bake it for about 20-25 minutes until it is nice and bubbly. I like to serve it with non dairy yogurt, but it is great with ice cream too.