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Hearty Vegan Spanish Potatoes

Hearty Vegan Spanish Potatoes

This is such a new and interesting way to jazz up your potatoes. Saffron-laced yellow potatoes roasted with a paste of garlic, almonds and fried bread. So flavorful and completely unique.Ingredients

1 t olive oil (for greasing)

3 T olive oil, divided

2 lb. small yellow potatoes, scrubbed and halved

Sea or kosher salt

Ground black pepper

2 pinches (1/2 to 1 t) saffron threads

2 large peeled garlic cloves

½ C sliced, slivered, or coarsely chopped almonds, without brown skins

1½ C torn 1 inch pieces of hearty white bread, with crust (1 large slice)

1 t smoked paprika (or regular, see notes)

1⅔ C boiling water

1 T finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Make It…

Apply a thin coat of olive oil to a 9″ glass pie plate (or similar sized baking dish). Spread the potatoes evenly in the dish. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and saffron, breaking up the longer saffron threads as you do so.

Preheat oven to 375 (F).

In a small skillet (I used nonstick), heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium until very hot. Add garlic cloves and almonds, and fry for a few minutes (depending on the oil temperature) until golden. Carefully remove to the bowl of a food processor. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the same skillet until very hot, then add bread pieces. Fry, as they sizzle, until they turn golden and begin to crisp. Remove promptly to the food processor. Add paprika, salt, pepper, and a splash of the boiling water to food processor and let cool for a couple minutes with the lid off. Grind until a coarse paste forms, adding more water if very dry. Distribute the bread mixture evenly over the potatoes.

Pour remaining boiling water (it’s okay if it’s slightly cooled) slowly over the potatoes, so the bread mixture isn’t disturbed too much. Place on a rimmed baking tray, cover tightly with foil, and bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven and gently stir, now incorporating the bread mixture throughout the dish. Cover again with the foil (loosely is fine) and return to the oven for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife. If desired, preheat the broiler and move an oven rack near it, uncover the dish, and broil for a few minutes to further brown and crisp the top.

Let stand a few minutes (or more) before serving. The bread will continue to absorb any excess water, forming a gravy-like sauce surrounding the potatoes. For color, top with parsley before serving.

Notes…

To substitute larger potatoes, cut them into 1 to 2 inch uniform pieces.

Yes, saffron is spendy. I’d argue that it’s worth it, but if you want to leave it out, make sure you’re using smoked paprika, not the “regular” variety.

If you don’t have a tea kettle or small saucepan, boil water in the microwave in a liquid measuring cup.

The dish does very well when prepared in advance! Fully cook or cook for the first 45 minutes. Bring the refrigerated dish to room temperature, reheating in a 300 degree oven if previously fully cooked, or finishing as prescribed in the recipe if baked for only the first 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Sweet and spicy quinoa stuffed pumpkin

Don’t you just love pumpkin anything this time of year!  Check out this delicious looking recipe from Tales of a Kitchen!

Ingredients
  • 1 pumpkin (I used a 1kg one, about 2 lbs.)
  • For the filling:
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 small shallot onion, finely minced
  • a handful of currants
  • pumpkin flesh, grated (what you scoop out to make room for the filling)
  • 2 tsps fresh thyme
  • sea salt flakes, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste (I was quite generous)
  • 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • chili flakes, to taste (I was generous with this too)
  • 2 TBSP olive oil for cooking
  • To serve: more fresh thyme, pumpkin seeds and pine nuts, good olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to about 190-200C (about 375* F) and line a baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Cut your pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. If needed, also scoop out some of the flesh to make room for the filling.
  3. Finely grate the pumpkin flesh if you scoop out any and combine it with the rest of the ingredients and seasonings for the filling.
  4. Fill your pumpkin halves, gently pressing the filling in.
  5. Place the pumpkins in the baking dish making sure they won’t roll over. You can put them next to each other.
  6. Sprinkle another 2 TBSP of olive oil on top, add a bit more black pepper and cover them with aluminium foil. This does not need to be sealed all the way around the pumpkins, just needs to roughly cover the top and sides, so that the quinoa filling remains moist.
  7. Bake until the pumpkin is tender. About 35-40 minutes.
  8. Serve with fresh thyme, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds and sprinkle them with some good olive oil.

Thank you Chris for this yummy recipe!

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Cutest Little Side-dish Ever!

How cute are these mini pumpkins….filled with an amazing goodness of nutty wild rice and shredded brussels.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 6-8 mini pumpkins
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound brussels sprouts halved and then shredded, about 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 cup raw pecans chopped
  • 1/4 apple cider
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1 cup manchego cheese shredded (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pot, bring the water to a boil, add the wild rice. Cover and cook over low heat for 35-45 minutes or until the water is gone and the rice is fluffy. Note that wild rice takes longer to cook than traditional rice. If yours still seem hard after 45 minutes, add 1/2 cup more water and cook over low heat for another 15-20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Slice the tops of your mini pumpkins and scoop out the seeds (reserve the seeds for roasting and then topping the dish if desired). Place the pumpkins on a baking sheet and rub each with a little olive oil, salt + pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until the pumpkins are just tender.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the brussels sprouts in a single layer and season with salt + pepper. Let sit 1 minute then stir. Continue to cook for another 8-10 minutes, until tender and caramelized. Stir in the thyme, pecans and cider, cook another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the wild rice (there should be around 3 cups of wild rice). Stir in the cranberries, and manchego cheese.
  5. Arrange the pumpkins in a large baking dish and stuff each pumpkin with the wild rice mixture. If desired, sprinkle the top of each pumpkin with a little manchego cheese.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 10-20 minutes or until the pumpkins are soft and the wild rice has heated through. Serve hot!
* These can be assembled up to 4 days in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to bake.
I can’t wait to try these!
Thank you Half Baked Harvest for this fun and yummy recipe!
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