Vegan Cheese Quesadillas.. Olé~!
Published on December 31, 2012 by GirlieGirlArmy · 2 Comments
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Chef Rossi is feeling Quesadalicous this time of year. Make her delish vegan cheese quesadillas and gorgeous guacamole for some guilt free and gooood tummy filling.
Listen muffins, this girl is ready for some warm loving, roaring fires and hot bubble baths. Screw the snow; bring on the food! Come wintertime, I like to cheer up by throwing fabulous cocktail parties. I mean really darlings, what could be better then some delicious hors d’oeuvres and a vat of rum punch?! Well I guess a few things are better but somehow after a few rounds of the punch, I really can’t think of anything. I have served all kinds of fancy shmancy cocktail party food, but nothing wows the crowd more then a great quesadilla!
So what follows is a super easy quesadilla-licious recipe to get you in the party mood! Happy New Year!
Vegan Cheese Quesadillas:
Buy whatever kind of soft tortilla you love and spread one with vegan cream cheese, then top with shredded vegan pepper jack cheese, or cheddar, a plop of fresh chopped cilantro, a plop of sliced scallion and a handful of chopped tomato. Sometimes I throw in a handful of cooked beans or kernel corn too, but usually I keep it simple. Spread some vegan cream cheese on another tortilla and put the cheese side down over your first tortilla so you make a sandwich. The cream cheese kinda keeps things glued together. Then put the whole shebang in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes just till the cheese starts to melt and things get sticky. Take out and let cool. You can do this part way ahead. When you’re ready to serve, grease up a grill or a skillet and lay your tortilla carefully down and grill or sear till well marked on each side, then cut like a pie and serve with guacamole on top in a pretty little swirl or dollop whatever scintillates you deeply dear.
Ms. Rossi’s Gorgeous Guac:
Puree three ripe avocados with a handful of fresh cilantro, a plop of fresh minced garlic, several drizzles of fresh lime juice, salt and ground cumin to taste, a plop of minced jalapeno and a little drizzle of olive oil (yes olive oil dears really adds to the creamy-ness of things!)
Rossi aka Chef Rossi Rossi- yes she only has one name- has been a writer for many publications, such as “The Daily News,” “Time Out New York” and “Mcsweeney’s” to name a few. She is the writer of the “Eat Me” column for “Bust” magazine and hosts her own hit radio show on WOMR and WFMR in Cape Cod called “Bite This”, now going into its 8th season. She has been featured on “The Food Network” and “NPR” and has just completed her first edible memoir “The Devil and Mrs. Goldstein!” As the owner and executive chef of “The Raging Skillet” a cutting-edge catering company known for breaking any and all rules, she has earned a reputation as the one to call when it’s time to do something different. www.rossirant.com www.theragingskillet.com www.kvetchingandkooking.com
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Start with short grain sushi rice. You can just follow the directions on the package or follow these.
Rinse rice well with cold water. Put the rice in a pot and cover with just a little more water then you had rice. Bring to a boil covered tightly. Sushi experts say the covering tightly part is way important in the cooking process which may be the beginning of why I have lumpy ass sushi, cause I like to peek like the neurotic babe that I am once every five seconds. Once its starts to bubble reduce to low heat and cook until the water is absorbed. This will take a good 15 minutes my dears. Now then this is not that nice aldente rice you cook for me when I’m coming to dinner. You want it mushy and sticky. When the rice is done, scoop into a bowl and drizzle with a shot or two of mirin. If you don’t have mirin mixing rice wine vinegar with a plop of sugar works just as well and maybe even better. Either way toss with rice. Sushi masters will tell you the trick here is to fan while you toss and I do agree with them, but only when someone else is doing the fanning. Leave a damp towel over the bowl until it cools down enough to handle.
Now then for your filling that’s where we can have some fun.
You can make fun combinations of any of these cut into a fine julienne. Pick any combo that suits your mood, but don’t go crazy. You don’t want to over crowd your roll so no more then 4 kinds of veges I’d say.
Peeled Beets- raw or roasted.
Peeled Sweet potatoes, you can then julienne then and quick fry or dust them in flour and quick fry.
Red or yellow bell pepper
Peeled red onion
Asparagus that you blanch first- that’s fancy talk for a quick boil then plunged into ice water so they’re nice and green.
For avocado just peel and cut into as thin a slice as you can.
You’re going to need bamboo sushi rollers. Place one sheet of nori- (dried seaweed wrapper) on the roller. Dip your fingers in water so the rice doesn’t stick to them and press your sushi rice as flat as you can over the bottom half of the sheet. It makes it a little easier to roll if you leave an inch of no rice on the very bottom. You’ll need to keep dipping your fingers in water the whole time as this stuff is harder to shake off then my last 12 ex lovers!
Sprinkle the julienne veges of your choice horizontally across the roll in the middle of the rice and keep the veges tightly together.
Now its time to roll. Start at the bottom then pressing as you go roll and push up and over the vege bundle as tight as you possibly can until you have a complete cylinder. Keep rolling tightly and on the last edge moisten with water to seal the roll. Cover with a moist paper towel or cloth and some plastic wrap.
You’ll need a sharp knife to cut these into 6 or 8 slices depending on how big you want them and it helps if the knife is wet too. Serve with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger
Or just do what I do - mix a plop of wasabi paste and the juice of pickled ginger into a bowl of soy sauce and call it a day.
Rossi aka Chef Rossi Rossi- yes she only has one name- has been a writer for many publications, such as “The Daily News,” “Time Out New York” and “Mcsweeney’s” to name a few. She is the writer of the “Eat Me” column for “Bust” magazine and hosts her own hit radio show on WOMR and WFMR in Cape Cod called “Bite This”, now going into its 8th season. She has been featured on “The Food Network” and “NPR” and has just completed her first edible memoir “The Devil and Mrs. Goldstein!” As the owner and executive chef of “The Raging Skillet” a cutting-edge catering company known for breaking any and all rules, she has earned a reputation as the one to call when it’s time to do something different. www.rossirant.com www.theragingskillet.com, […]
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Well dumplings, life doesn't gets any better then roasted cauliflower. I use it as a great side dish with almost everything. When I want to serve it kinda mainstream, I just salt, pepper and olive oil it. If I want it for one of my more exotic events, then I throw in some turmeric and garam masala and roast away. It’s almost as versatile, as, well, as I am! Crunchy but soft, takes on any flavor but has it’s own, healthy and great texture.. surely I am talking about my sex life!!! No dears, its cauliflower! Recently I hosted a dinner and prepared a gorgeous trio of vegan delights.
Snowpea Salad, Hoisin Grilled Tofu & Roasted Cauliflower
Here are the recipes to get you in the mood dears;
Just cut a head of cauliflower into florets, toss in virgin olive oil, salt and fresh ground pepper and roast at 400 degrees until you see a nice amount of color- maybe 20 minutes.
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Grilled Tofu In Hoisin Glaze
Buy a pack of extra firm tofu and weigh down to get the extra water out. I like to put the tofu in a deep baking pan, cover in plastic wrap, put a plate on top and a heavy can on top of that for a night, but hey you can always just sit on it while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer re-runs! I cut the tofu into triangles like in the photo and then toss in a dressing of a shot of vegetable oil with a dash of soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil. Grill till well marked on both sides (about 3 or 4 minutes per side) and brush with hoisin sauce and you are golden!!
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Have a delicious day my darlings!
Rossi- yes she only has one name- has been a writer for many publications, such as "The Daily News," "Time Out New York” and "Mcsweeney's" to name a few. She is the writer of the "Eat Me" column for "Bust" magazine and hosts her own hit radio show on WOMR and WFMR in Cape Cod called "Bite This", now going into its 8th season. She has been featured on “The Food Network” and “NPR” and has just completed her first edible memoir "The Devil and Mrs. Goldstein!” As the owner and executive chef of "The Raging Skillet" a cutting-edge catering company known for breaking any and all rules, she has earned a reputation as the one to call when it's time to do something different. www.rossirant.com & www.theragingskillet.com are here online […]
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