Vegan Brunch Ideas?
My non-vegan friend and I (vegan) have begun holding vegan cookoffs - it was her idea! We have a "brunch" themed cookoff coming up and I'm stumped for good brunch ideas that don't contain too many scary ingredients as my hubby and her bf, both meat eaters are our judges :)
Yes I'm aware Isa's new brunch cookbook is due to be released soon - I pre-ordered it but I'm afraid we might have the brunch off BEFORE i receive my copy of the book!
That being said I have a few categories of items needed:
I'm planning on testing Isa's chesapeake tempeh cakes for the appetizer category next weekend. http://www.theppk.com/blog/2009/04/18...
I am also planning to test Notella Crepes as the dessert feture next weekend as well - both recipes are in Veganomicon.
I was contemplating biscuits & gravy from vegan with a vengeance...not sure thogh - hubby kind of turned his nose up. as a meat eater he LOVES bob evans biscuits and sausage gravy so maybe I shouldnt try to make a "vegan" version??
Any ideas for Beverage, Entree, Side Dish???? I appreciate any and all suggestions! I really want to win!
Beverages need to be semi -original if possible. I know the normal breakfast beverages include mimosas, bellinis, bloody marys, smoothies - I was shooting for something alcoholic but different! Ideas welcome please!!!
My favorite vegan brunch main dish is tofu scramble -- made with various sauteed/carmelized veggies, silken soft tofu, garlic, etc. it is savory and delicious. Some good bread, jam, fruit salad, maybe roasted potatoes and/or a lovely green salad with toasted nuts, and you have a satisfying and delicious meal. I'm not sure if this fits your idea for courses, though...
One of my favorite weekend morning breakfasts is a Middle Eastern dish made of (canned) hot fava beans topped with lots of freshly minced parsley and garlic, mixed with tahini. olive oil, fresh lemon juice and S&P. It should be about the consistency of yogurt when done. Served with warm pita bread, and fresh radishes on the side.
Can vegans use yeast? Also, I'm surprised you have so many courses for brunch. I always figured it was drinks, something eggy, something bready, something fruity. Of course, you have to omit the eggs and dairy, but can't you cut a few courses?
I love smtucker's suggestion of the vegetable terrine. Mollie Katzen has a recipe for a pizza that's either shedded potato or shredded zucchini based. I think that would be a great brunch dish. I'll try to find a link.
Edit: Here's her link http://www.molliekatzen.com She's got a lot of good recipes on line, but many use cheese or an egg to bind, like the zucchini pizza I mentioned. As a vegan, I'm sure you have a favorite egg substitute and some soy cheeses that you like. She has several recipes that use polent as the base, one with a southwestern hash, which would be perfect for brunch. Also a rich mushroom stew over polenta might work.
Pure blueberry juice is my favorite treat. Maybe you could mix it with something sparkly for a take on mimosas, but in antioxidant blue!