Monday, July 18, 2011

Mock Sausage'n Apple Dinner with Spicy Mashed Sweet 'Taters

 Mock Sausage'n Apple Dinner with Spicy Mashed Sweet 'Taters
  


"Why do we need so many kinds of apples? Because there are so many folks. A person has a right to gratify his legitimate taste. If he wants twenty or forty kinds of apples for his personal use…he should be accorded the privilege. There is merit in variety itself. It provides more contact with life, and leads away from uniformity and monotony." -- Liberty Hyde Baily



If you are looking for delicious, simple, inexpensive vegetarian comfort food, this is the dinner for you.  It has the taste of spicy sausage, soft apples, toasty croutons, and mashed sweet potatoes.   All the tastes of dinner that mom may have made you as a child.  However, we will be tweaking it with a vegetarian twist and filling it full of herbs to spice it up a bit.  


Now you may be wondering about one ingredient in particular, the sausage.  How in the heck can you have sausage in a vegetarian meal?   Well, cooking vegetarian does not mean we have to give up all of our favorite tastes.  There are a number of delicious "soy based" meatless products that taste very similar to the real thing.  MorningStar Farms has vegetarian sausage links that are savory and sizzling with herbs and spices.  With a wonderful taste, they can be used in recipes like this one.  Keep in mind, that in eating vegetarian, we are flavoring our meals with the meatless meat alternative flavor, so this can be an easily affordable addition to our recipe without breaking our dinner budget.  Additionally, soy meat alternatives are an excellent source of high quality protein, vitamin B, and iron.  Being low in fat and high in fiber, these meat alternatives are a healthy, high quality protein source.


Ingredients:


-4-5 cups farmhouse-style bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
-6 tablespoons butter
-4 apples, chopped into bite size pieces
-2 onions, chopped into bite size pieces
-3 carrots, sliced thinly
-3 ribs celery, sliced thinly
-1 bay leaf
-1 handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
-1 teaspoon dried thyme
-1 teaspoon dried basil
 -1 teaspoon dried oregaon
-10 links vegetarian sausage
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 can vegetable broth
-1 handful of chives and dill, chopped


                                                                                                
Instructions:




1.  Heat oven to 325 degrees F.  Scatter bread cubes on a baking sheet.  Season bread cubes with parsley, thyme, basil, and oregano.  Bake to toast bread for 10-12 minutes.

















2.  Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.  Add onions, carrots, celery, apples, bay leaf, chives, and dill.  Saute til soft.   Season with salt and pepper.
















3.  Fold in dried breadcrumbs to apple/vegetable mixture.  Moisten with about 1 can vegetable broth and 2 tablespoons olive oil.


4.  Heat veggie sausage links according to directions on package.  Put heated links into apple/vegetable mixture and fold gently.  Heat mixture on low heat for 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.  Be gentle with the veggie sausage links as they are more fragile than actual meat links.


5.  Prepare Spicy Mashed Sweet 'Taters.


Spicy Mashed Sweet 'Taters

Ingredients:

2 pounds sweet potatoes, 2-3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup vegetable stock
1/4 cup orange marmalade or lemon preserves
Salt and pepper
Couple of dashes tabasco sauce (optional)

Instructions:
1.  Put potatoes in a pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil.  Cook potatoes for 12-15 minutes until tender.

2.  Drain potatoes.  Return pot to stove and warm broth in pot over medium heat.  

3.  Whisk in butter and marmalade.

4.  Add potatoes and mash them in the marmalade infused broth.

5.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few dashes of tabasco sauce.


Mock Sausage'n Apple Dinner with Spicy Mashed Sweet "Taters








Serves:  4-6
Preparation Time:  30 minutes
Cost per Serving:  $2.66 for 6 servings
































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