Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hold the Pigskin on Fresh Water Cleveland!

Head over to the Cleveland blog magazine Fresh Water Cleveland for their piece on Cleveland's social media mavens.  Myself and several other bloggers and tweeters are featured in the article by Nikki Delmotte. 

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Cleveland’s vegan scene is burgeoning in a big way and Rosen decided to give it a twist: tailgating. Rosen’s blog offers local sports quips side-by-side with vegan tailgating recipes, along with an active Twitter and Instagram presence. Veggie sausage maker Field Roast loved the idea so much they’ve asked him to become a regular contributor to their national blog.

How did you get started?

Like any diehard Browns fan, you’re down there in the Muni lot and there’s not a lot of room for vegan anything. I wanted to do something that showcased vegan tailgate food and really pushed the envelope and encourage the spread of vegan tailgates in other cities.
Hopefully the exposure wil encourage a few more plant-based eaters to join the tailgate... or start their own!  Who said eating grain meat isn't manly? 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Grilled Pierogies with Chived Sour Cream

The offseason continues and the Grill Master is just heating up.  The posts are flying over at the Cooks in the Field page on the Field Roast blog.  My latest is a divine grilled vegan pierogie stuffed with sausage, mushrooms, onions and daiya cheese and topped with chived cashew sour cream.

Pierogies are a staple of the large Polish community in Cleveland.  Pierogies are traditionally stuffed with potatoes and cheese, boiled and then fried.  I figured, why not grill the filling, stuff, boil and then throw them on the grill instead?  This recipe calls for grilled Italian Field Roast, onions and mushrooms.  Vegan cheese is optional, but adds great texture and creaminess.  Top it off with some chived cashew sour cream and prepare to be amazed.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Filling:
    • 1 package Italian Field Roast sausages
    • 2 large onions, quartered
    • 8 oz. mushrooms, halved
    • Shredded vegan cheese (optional)
  • Dough:
    • 3 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 cup water, plus 3 tablespoons
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  • Glaze:
    • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
    • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 
    • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Chived Cashew Sour Cream: 
    • 1 ½ cups cashews, soaked and drained
    • ½ cup water
    • ¼ cup lemon juice
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 bunch fresh chives, chopped

Preparation instructions

  1. Grill the Field Roast sausages on an oiled grill grate.  Rotate until all sides are charred
  2. At the same time, grilled the onions and mushrooms in a grill pan until charred.  The onions will take a little longer than the mushrooms
  3. Once cooled, chop into small pieces and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the dough.   In a large bowl combine flour, 1 cup of water and salt.  Warm the remained 3 tablespoons of water and mix with the flax.  Add to the bowl and knead.  
  5. Roll out the dough until very thin (should be about ¼ inch thick).  Using 4-inch cookie cutter (or a martini glass) cut out circles of dough.  
  6. Meanwhile, prepare a lot pot of boiling water
  7. Place 2 tablespoons of the filling in the center of a dough circle. Top with a sprinkle of vegan cheese (optional).  
  8. Fold in half and pinch closed.  Use little water on your fingertips if they don’t stick. Repeat. (Style points: take a fork and press into the edges for a nice design!)
  9. Drop a few of the folded and sealed pierogies into the boiling water.  Don’t crowd the pot.  Boil for 5 minutes or until they begin to float.  Remove from the boiling water with slotted spoon. Repeat.
  10. Brush the mustard/vinegar glaze on and place on the grill.  Cook each side for about 2-3 minutes.  Keep moist!
  11. Meanwhile, place all the ingredients for the sour cream except the chives in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Fold in chives.
  12. Serve the grilled pierogies with a dollop of the chive cashew sour cream and your favorite hot sauce.  

Rollin, rollin, rollin
Ready to be stuffed
The grilled stuffing all chopped up
Grill time!
Chived sour cream


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Vegan Jalapeño Corn Bread

The offseason can be a tumultuous time for coaches and GMs on the hot seat.  Here in Browns town, our coach, GM and CEO all got canned.  This three-alarm corn bread will make you feel like you are on the hot seat, but I promise you won't lose your job.  

Corn bread is a staple of any good bbq or soul food meal.  Often times, it is made with dairy or eggs and is off limits to those eating a plant based diet.  At the Hold the Pigskin tailgate our cornbread is not only vegan, but it is moist, spicy and stacks up against the best corn breads you can find.

This corn bread is made with equal parts corn meal and bread flour.  To give it a unique texture, it is loaded with chopped jalapeños and kernels of golden corn.  Two flax eggs take the healthy factor to another level and provide a soft, moist texture.  This corn bread is worthy for any tailgate or bbq, vegan or not.

The recipe is quite easy to make and requires few ingredients.  It makes a sizable batch, but feel free to double or triple it if you are serving a crowd.  Trust me when I say, there won't be any leftovers.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 cup bread flour 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 2 flax eggs (3/8 cups hot water mixed with 2 tablespoons of ground flax, let sit for a few minutes to become sticky)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 jalapeños, chopped
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Spray a 8x8 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl (corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt)
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix well (almond milk, agave, flax egg)
  4. Fold in corn and chopped jalapeños
  5. Pour into the greased pan and bake for 25 minutes
  6. Remove and let cool before serving

Moist and delicious

Corn bread with BBQ Tempeh and Collards

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grilled Triple Mushroom Panini

Breaking: Hummus and Gravy go well together
Here is the latest from the Field Roast Grill Master blog.  Its been a blast creating recipes for the innovative Grain Meat Company out of Seattle.  I promise to post some more content after the bar exam is over next week.  Sorry for the delay!

If I have to describe mushrooms in one word it’d be “luxurious.”  They are earthy, rich and perfect for the grill.  Field Roast Wild Mushroom deli slices are made from a variety of fresh mushrooms so they impart many of the same characteristics.  This Panini can be grilled a variety of ways. Over an open fire with a cast iron grill press, a counter-top Panini press, a skillet or in the oven if you’re feeding a crowd.  The hummus pairs nicely with the grilled mushrooms and deli slices.  When you dip the Panini in the mushroom gravy you truly are living in the lap of luxury.  Enjoy!




Ingredients
  • 2 packages Field Roast Wild Mushroom Deli Slices
  • 2 large Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup hummus 
  • 4 ounces baby spinach
  • 8 slices sturdy, thinly sliced bread
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos, tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup mushroom gravy (I used Field Roast Davy’s Porcini Mushroom Gravy)

Instructions

  1. Stir the spices into the liquid aminios and coat the Portobello mushrooms.  
  2. Grill the mushrooms until soft, about 5 minutes per side.
  3. Thinly slice the grilled mushrooms and set aside.
  4. Assemble the Panini’s: spread a heaping table spoon of hummus on each slice of bread.  Layer 3-4 slices of the Field Roast Wild Mushroom on 4 of the slices.  Cover with the sliced grilled mushrooms and a handful of spinach.  Put the other slice of bread on top and press down
  5. Grill about 5 minutes per side over medium-low heat.  Be careful not to burn!  (Also, feel free to use any of the grilling methods mentioned above)
  6. Serve alongside warm mushroom gravy for dipping

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Marinated Grilled Veggie Stackers with Field Roast

Mushroom Stackers
My latest recipe for my Field Roast Cooks in the Field blog is up!  Check it out on the Field Roast website here.  In the meantime, the recipe is also listed below.  I made these at a sub zero tailgate.  It was nearly impossible to use my hands and I had to run over to warm them up over the grill every couple minutes to prevent frostbite.  Hopefully you have better grilling conditions.   

These “stackers” are like grilled sandwiches with marinated vegetables standing in for the bread.  Using the Field Roast deli slices as the meat, the stackers are an attractive appetizer at any tailgate.  With three different kinds to choose from, there is something for everyone.  Enjoy! 

Ingredients
  • Lentil Sage Deli Slices
  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced ¼ inch
  • Marinade for eggplant
    • ½ cup white wine
    • ¼ cup rice vinegar
    • Juice of 2 lemons
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    • ¼ fresh sage, chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Smoked Tomato Deli Slices 
    Field Roast ready to grill

    • 3 red peppers, quartered
    • Marinade for peppers
      • ½ cup red wine
      • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
      • 1 tbsp. vegan worcestershire
      • 1 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
      • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
      • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
      • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
      • 2 cloves garlic, minced
      • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Wild Mushroom Deli Slices
    • 6 portobello mushrooms, stems removed
    • Marinade for mushrooms
      • ½ cup red wine
      • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
      • 1 tbsp. tamari
      • 1 tbsp. agave nectar
      • 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper
      • 2 cloves garlic, minced
      • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Note: you’ll also need a handful of toothpicks, soaked for at least 15 minutes prior to grilling
    Directions
    • In 3 separate mixing bowls, coming the ingredients for the 3 marinades and stir.  Place the veggies in an airtight container or bag with the marinade for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
    • Prepare the grill for direct grilling
    • Assemble the stackers by placing several slices of the Lentil Sage between two of the marinated eggplant and secure with a few soaked toothpicks.  Repeat with the Smoked Tomato slices and red pepper and the Wild Mushroom Slices and portobellos
    • Grill for 4-5 minutes per side or until charred.  Cook time will vary based on the heat of the coals.
    • Remove from the grill and slice into bite size piece.  Stick with a tooth pick and serve



    Bagged veggies waiting for lube
    Lentil Sage Marinade
    Smoked Tomato Marinade
    Wild Mushroom Marinade
    Soakin 









    Friday, November 29, 2013

    Vegan Tailgate Chili Mac and Cheese

    Week 12 Browns vs. Steelers

    Chili Mac and Cheese
    Nothing says tailgating quite like a bitter rivalry and bitter cold.  It might have been hard to watch or move your extremities at times, but the food was the highlight of the day.  You've got to enjoy some quality tailgate grub and talking about the draft for next season.

    My tailgate mac and cheese is one of my favorite recipes on this blog.  As I discuss in the post, vegan mac and cheese can be quite the adventure.  After experimenting for the past few years, I've settled on cashew based recipes, whole wheat noodles and lots of added flavor.  Unlike dairy mac and cheese, where the milk does all the work, vegan mac requires some creative flare.

    On a cold day, you need some warm comfort food like chili.  Mac and cheese is not too far behind.  So why not combine the two, put it in a grill pan and throw it on the hot fire?  This recipe uses quick and simple TVP chili without beans, although a few legumes wouldn't be a bad idea.  Mix it all together the night before and then just bring to the tailgate ready to grill.  Enjoy!

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Field Roast "Cooks in the Field" Recipe Contest Winner

    I'm a Grill Master! Well, at least according to Field Roast, the artisan grain meat company.  A few weeks ago I submitted this recipe for Field Roast stuffed boomers to the Field Roast Cooks in the Field recipe contest.  My friend Holly encouraged me to sign up given my love affair with the succulent vegan sausages.  And low and behold, I won! I am excited to participate with the other contest winners, the "Urban Foodie" Joy Martin of the blog Braisen Woman and the "Healthy Homemaker" Sarah Creighton of the blog Veggie Kids.

    A preview of my shipment (Photo from @fieldroast)
    According to the contest terms and conditions, as Grill Master I will create 10 new recipes (2 per month for the next 5 months) using Field Roast products.  Field Roast will post the recipes on their blog to share with the vegan masses all over the world.  This week, I will receive my first shipment of grain meats from Seattle.  Over the course of the next few months, I will receive Field Roast coupons, a Field Roast swag bag, another shipment of Field Roast products, "exposure and Field Roast fame!"

    Field Roast has really been stepping up the recipe section on their website and this contest is another stellar effort to engage their customers.  Last winter, I declared Field Roast as "the best vegan tailgate food," in an ballad to the company based in Seattle, Washington.  Keep tabs on their blog for full bios, photographs and recipes coming soon.


    (Update: Here is my Cooks in the Field Spotlight)


    Here is my quote from their website:
    “I really got into cooking after college and like many guys, my favorite thing to do was grill. Combined with my love for football, tailgating came naturally. Walk through any pre-game at a college or pro football game and see the displays put on by veteran tailgaters. There is so much pride in what they do; one could argue it’s the ultimate eating experience in America. Meat often takes center stage. Unless you feel like eating chips and salsa, vegans are left out in the cold. I’m here to say it doesn’t have to be that way!”
    I can't wait to share more of the delicious details with you all.  If you are lucky, you may be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor in the test kitchen!  Thank you for all your support of Hold the Pigskin.  The past couple of months have been the best ever for the site and the future is bright.