Sunday, December 11, 2011

Beezie Loaf

Beezie Loaf is another long avoided but successful venture of mine.  It began as all other food missions of mine do, 6-8 months of online research of other vegan meatloaf recipes until I just can't live another day without it.  I was even more scared of making "meat" loaf than quiche.  I kept thinking "how the fuck is tofu going to to taste like deliciously baked ground beef covered in catsup and oozing with cow fat?"... and then after months of freaking out about it I gave it a go and guess what?.... pretty effing yummy.  So here is the recipe:

4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 bell pepper chopped 
10 mushrooms chopped 
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 cup walnuts
1 package tempeh
1 package tofu
1 cup bread crumb
1 tablespoon braggs liquid aminos (or salt to taste)
1/2 teaspoon thyme
Ketsup Glaze:
1/2 cup ketsup
3 tablespoons agave 

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Saute 2 tablespoons of oil with onion, carrots and bell pepper for 5-10 minutes on medium heat until they begin to soften.  Then add the mushrooms and garlic to the cooking vegetables for 3-4 minutes until mushrooms begin to soften.  The vegetables don't need to be fully cooked because they will finish cooking in the oven.

2.  While the vegetables are sauteing grind the walnuts down to a fine powder in the food processor or blender (I have a vita mix that I use for EVER THING) and place in a large bowl.  Then place the tempeh and tofu in the food processor and mix until smooth then add to walnuts.  

3.  Once the vegetables are done add them to the walnut mixture along with the bread crumbs, Braggs, thyme and last two tablespoons of oil.  Now comes the fun part, mix the rest of ingredients with your hands by grabbing a big handful and letting it gush out the sides and repeating until fully mixed.  

4.  Once the mixture is fully blended place the mixture into a greased loaf pan and press in firmly to form the loaf.  Then turn over on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper if you have it or liberally greased.  Place in the oven for 50 minutes.  15 minutes before the loaf is done brush or poor the catsup glaze over the top of the loaf.  Enjoy!

Oh wait! This posting is not over!  Check out this extravagant bonus recipe...  Open Faced Beezie Loaf Sandwich and just to let you know the picture does not do the deliciousness of this dish justice.

Here is the recipe:

1 slice of bread, preferably crappy white bread, you know the kind that almost melts in your mouth but any bread will work, I used Alvarado sprouted whole wheat
1 tablespoon veganaise, yes it should be a nasty thick layer of mayo
1 -2 slices of Beezie Loaf depending on how thick you like your "meat"

1. Spread veganaise on bread and top with Beezie Loaf.  

Note:  This sandwich is best consumed under the influence of alcohol.

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