Oscars 2013 – Part 2
Right on the heels of Part 1 of my Oscar post comes Part 2! Here’s the “Argochoke Dip: Go Cluck Yourself”, which I posted about a few weeks ago. This was a big hit. We had a couple vegetarians at the party, but no other vegans. In case you’d be worried to serve this to meat eaters, don’t be! They’ll love it.
Another meaty dish was “Feast for the Southern Child”. I probably should have made Hush Puppies in honor of the adorable Quvenzhané Wallis, but I’m a sucker for Biscuits and Gravy, and I bet the residents of The Bathtub are too. I made a bunch of teeny biscuits and served the gravy in a mini crock pot.
Unfortunately we didn’t get a great shot of the gravy, but you get the idea. This was another one that the non veg-heads ate up without any complaints. I make this for dinner so much that I think I could make it in my sleep, and it’s always nice to serve at least a couple things that are in your comfort zone.
This next dish is “Mango Romain-ed”, better known as the “Mecca Azteca Salad” from the Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook. We make this almost as much as Biscuits & Gravy. I’d say it’s probably my favorite salad. The Mango Lime Vinaigrette is so good, I could drink the whole batch.
For the party I tossed the quinoa, chopped veggies and currants in the dressing, and I served the whole thing in romaine leaves. I got several compliments on this, and it was probably the healthiest dish on the table. Tanya Petrovna is another hero of mine. That lady can cook. If there’s a Native Foods Cafe near you, and you haven’t been, get over there!
And last, but not least, we have “Life of Pie.” As you can see, we didn’t get a shot of this one before it was destroyed. I originally planned to make Alix’s Peanut Butter Cream Pie from Cute + Delicious. I baked the crust and took my coconut milk cans out of the fridge. I opened one, and when I tried to pour off the water everything poured out of the can. Despite leaving them in the fridge overnight, none of the nice fatty coconut cream had set up. I’m not sure why. I’ve never had problems before, but maybe the pie gods didn’t want me to make peanut butter pie that day.
I did a search for vegan pie recipes and decided to make Isa’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie. I don’t think it was in the fridge long enough to set properly, but it was still really good, and Alix’s crust recipe was awesome. I’m intimidated by pie crusts, and I usually don’t think they taste that great. This one was easy to make, and it tasted SO good. I had a little left over from the trimmed edges and I made a mini cream cheese guava hand pie with it. It didn’t look too pretty so I didn’t take a pic of it, but I plan to make a whole batch of them and do a post for you guys.
Food-wise, my favorite takeaways from this were the baked brie, pie crust and chocolate pudding filling. I can’t wait to experiment more with these!