Saturday, January 21, 2012

Masala Mushroom Loaf. Yowza.

Tired of the same ol' same ol' mushroom loaves? Thyme for something new? In need of some sage advice?

Try this spicy sweet number on: mushrooms, yes, and some tofu - but minced chilis, sweet peas, curry leaves, and good, toasty Garam Masala kill the Fall Flavor Set and make room for Spring. In the middle of February. Yes plz.

I LOOOOVE the parchment paper trick when making vegetable loaves - the lovely browned crust the oven's worked so hard to make comes out in one piece, every time. Just cool for 20 minutes, invert over a platter, and there it is, ready for slicing.

Its the perfect opportunity to play with inclusions, but remember - greenery roasts to brown, so use vegetation with color. Small red pepper flowers work well. Green peas, carrots, and beets work too. Enoki mushrooms keep a light brown shade, so you can laminate your own little 70's Forest Scene on top of your next loaf, if you'd like, as long as you lightly coat your parchment with oil - otherwise, your lovely lamination might stick. And we can't have that!

Masala Mushroom Loaf
serves 4-6

1 tablespoon olive oil
12 small or 8 medium crimini mushrooms, minced
1/2 small red onion, minced
1/2 red pepper, minced
1 bird's eye chili, minced

1.5 tablespoons garam masala

7 ozs extra firm tofu, well drained, crumbled
8 dried curry leaves, crushed
2 tsp brown sugar
2/3 cup raw cashew pieces

2 tablespoons melted EB
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon flax meal
1 medium white potato, baked until soft, mashed (or 2/3 cup mashed potato)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp asofoetida

1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tablespoon sea salt

Loaf pan
1 sheet parchment paper
Canola oil, to coat

Preheat the oven to 350f. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the loaf pan, sides included. Cut slits in the corner so it will fold flat to the pan's form. Spray a little oil on the bare metal before fitting the parchment inside - it'll help it stay in place.

Reserve a few pieces of red pepper for garnish. In a dry skillet or saute pan, toast the garam masala for 2-3 minutes, until very fragrant. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in the same skillet and add pepper and onion. Cook 5 minutes, until pepper softens and onion is translucent. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, for 6-8 minutes, until mushrooms have released their liquid and almost all of it, but not quite, has steamed off.

Remove sauteed veggies to a heatproof bowl.

In a food processor, pulse cashews until they're the texture of large polenta - not powdery, with some chunks still there. Add to warm vegetables. Mix in remaining ingredients and taste for salt - add a teeny bit if need be. The mixture should be relatively dry, but not crumbly - add a little more Earth Balance or even a titch of water if it needs it.

Cut small triangles out of two or three sides of a piece of red pepper with a paring knife. Repeat for as many "flowers" as you'd like.

Arrange red peppers and a stem or two of cilantro on the bottom of the loaf pan, and press 1/2 a cup of the mushroom masala mixture over top, pressing down to keep things stuck in place. Add remaining loaf mixture, pressing down firmly, and flattening top with wet hands once the mix is used up.

Bake for 50 minutes covered, then another 15-20 uncovered, until loaf is browned on top and firm-ish to the touch. Let rest 20 minutes, invert onto a platter, and serve. I'll share the apple-lentil gravy we noshed ours with next week - it was pretty killer.



  1. Yummers indeed. Looks great and your design on top is very cute :) Nice to see a loaf with a different flavour profile from the norm.

    1. Heck yes Emma - thyme/sage, I love you, but one DOES crave a bit of curry once in a while.

  2. I love the flavour combinations in this, it sounds delicious!

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious.

  4. Undеnіаbly beliеve that whісh you ѕtаtеd.
    Your fаvorite justifіcation apρeaгеd to be on thе
    web thе easiest thing to bе awarе оf.
    I say to you, I сeгtainly get annoyed ωhilе pеoрlе cοnsidеr worries that
    they plainly do not know аbout. You manаged to hit thе nail upon thе top as well as dеfіned out thе whole thing without having side-effects , peoplе cοuld take
    a sіgnаl. Will probably be baсk to get mοгe.

    Hегe is my webѕitе;
    payday loans
    My website - payday loans

  5. You really maκe it ѕeеm so
    easy with youг presentation but Ι fіnd this matter tο be асtuallу something
    thаt I think I wοuld never understаnd.
    It seems too compleх and extremely bгoad
    for me. I am lοoking fοrward foг your nехt
    post, I'll try to get the hang of it!

    Here is my weblog :: payday loans uk

  6. Hi everу οne, hеre evеry one is sharing these
    familiаrity, thus іt's good to read this blog, and I used to visit this weblog every day.

    My homepage; Property for Sale
    My webpage :: Property for Sale

  7. Wοw! Afteг all I gοt a ωеb site fгom whегe
    I cаn actually takе helpful dаta conсerning my study and κnowledge.

    Μу web blog ... payday loans

  8. Ηi my fгiend! Ӏ wish to sаy that thіѕ post
    is amazing, nіcе ωritten and сοme with aρprоximаtеlу all sіgnіficant іnfos.

    Ι would like to peer moгe ροѕts like thіs .

    Alsο visit my hοmepаge ... Instant Payday Loans

  9. Attractive section of сontent. I just stumbled upon your ωеblog аnԁ in acceѕsion capital to assert that Ӏ acquire in fact enjoyed account yοur blog posts.
    Anуway I'll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

    My homepage - Same Day Payday Loans

  10. Thаnk you for the ausρiсiοus
    writeup. It in truth ωаs oncе a enjoуment acсount it.
    Glance cоmplicated tο mоre added agreeable
    from уou! Bу thе ωаy, hoω could we be
    in contact?

    Feel free to surf to my webρage: New Bingo Sites

  11. Hi, i feel that i nοtіceԁ you visited my ωeblog thus i came to геturn thе want?
    .І'm trying to to find issues to enhance my site!I suppose its adequate to make use of a few of your ideas!!

    my web page ... New Bingo Sites

  12. Hi there. I absolutely LOVE this recipe. Looks amazing. I would love to feature it in my Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup. Would you be interested in allowing me to use your photo and I'll link back to your blog (no recipe will be inserted in my post)? Let me know. Love your blog! Thanks, Trish

  13. If you maintain distributing effectively prepared articles or blog posts just like this then I will often keep returning back again to your weblog. Really excellent content.
    Play the free online game chaos faction 2 - chaos faction - chaos faction 3 - chaos faction 2 hacked - chaos faction 4 - chaos faction 2 - chaos faction - chaos faction 3 - chaos faction 2 hacked - chaos faction 4

  14. Everything sounded good till you get to the (Canola-GMO-Oil)I'll use olive oil or coconut oil. The only thing Canola is good for is to oil your tools in the tool shed or a few drops where you A/C drips to kill mosquito larvae.

  15. Where are the peas???

  16. I like your all post. You have done really good work. Thank you for the information you provide, it helped me a lot. I hope to have many more entries or so from you.
    Very interesting blog.

  17. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back down the road.


  18. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, iit seems aas though yyou relied on the video to make your point. You obviopusly know what youre talking about, why throw aaway your intelligence oon just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening too read?


  19. Thanks for this helpful article. Looking forward to having my portfolio. You can also read some of my great reviews about Best


  20. Try this spicy sweet number on: mushrooms, yes, and some tofu - but minced chilis, sweet peas, curry leaves, and good, toasty Garam Masala kill the Fall Flavor Set and make room for Spring. In the middle of February. Yes plz.
    pakistani suits wholesale ,
    wholesale salwar kameez catalogue with price ,

  21. replica bags wholesale mumbai this page i5m14d6m45 replica bags wholesale india have a peek at this website m7h27q7m70 replica louis vuitton replica bags near me replica bags from turkey my site q8n53p4a95 replica bags reddit

  22. A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

  23. I m very pleased to read this article.


  24. It was an awesome post to be sure. I completely delighted in understanding it in my noon.

  25. I get pleasure from, cause I found just what I used to be having a look for.

  26. Your Blog is very nice. Wish to see much more like this.

  27. That is the type of information that are meant to be shared around the net


  29. Excellent Blog! I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this post.

  30. this type of useful article to read, keep it up

  31. Fabulous! This is just amazing! Not just high quality, however additionally valuable info.

  32. Thanks designed for sharing such a pleasant thinking.

  33. I really enjoyed it. keep up the good work.

  34. Thank you I was impressed by your writing.

  35. Hi! this is often nice article you shared with great information.

  36. Experience the excitement of ipl win casino, where thrilling games and big wins await cricket fans and gaming enthusiasts alike.

    Explore the excitement of online betting with 24kbet casino, your premier destination for thrilling gaming experiences and big wins.

    Access your fantasy cricket league and stay updated with live scores by logging in to ipl win login, the ultimate platform for cricket enthusiasts.

  37. Play now and join millions in the most exciting online game! Lucky Cola