Recently, my husband and I traveled to Bisbee, Arizona for a weekend get-a-way. Although Bisbee is a small town in Arizona, this quaint little town offered a lot of vegan options. One of my favorite meals while visiting Bisbee occurred on the first night of our visit. Since the woman, we rented our Airbnb from strongly recommended Cafe Roka, an elegant restaurant on Main Street in the middle of town. Of course, we made reservations in advance. Despite my reservations about being able to eat vegan, I literally ate one of the best vegan meals of my life. In fact, to my surprise, Cafe Roka offers a vegan option of their daily special nightly. On the night of our reservation, the menu included a vegetable strudel in a vegan pastry dough.
Not only did Cafe Roka offer a vegan option, but they also served vegan soup, salad, and sorbet between courses!
After raving about my Cafe Roka experience, I attempted my own vegetable strudel at home. And, I must say, as a novice, I think I came pretty close to mastering the fabulous meal at Cafe Roka.
WHAT VEGETABLES ARE IN VEGETABLE STRUDEL?
Since grocery shopping is a bit challenging these days, planning a meal is similar to a bad episode of Chopped. Instead of choosing what vegetables I plan to put in my recipes is dependent on what vegetables are available on the shelves.
In order to make sure you don’t overcook your vegetables, it is important to cook the vegetables in stages. But, it is also important to remember you will technically be cooking the vegetables twice; once sauteed in a pan, and then again when the vegetable strudel is baked.
First, I saute the mushrooms and onions. Then, I add the cauliflower, broccoli, and asparagus. In order to avoid overcooking, make sure to saute all the vegetables for no more than 15 minutes, from start to finish, ending with the kale.
Vegetable broth, for instance, can be used to the vegetables as they cook instead of cooking with oil. If you don’t have vegetable broth, cooking with water, works as well.
Once the vegetables are cooked al dente, remove them from the heat, and make the vegetable gravy.
HOW TO MAKE A TASTY VEGAN GRAVY FOR VEGETABLE STRUDEL
MAKING THE GRAVY:
- 8-ounce package, sliced Baby Bellas or Other Mushrooms of Choice, diced
- 1 large, yellow onion, diced
- 2 minced Shallots
- 2 cloves, minced Garlic
- 3 cups Organic Vegetable Broth
- 2 Tablespoons Organic Tomato Paste
- 2 teaspoons Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
- 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
And, of course, the secret ingredient for the gravy is the cashew cream:
- 1/2 cup Raw Cashews
- 1/2 cup Organic Vegetable Broth
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
As soon as the gravy begins to thicken, add 1/2 cup of the gravy to the sauteed vegetables and set aside. Then, it’s time to prepare your vegan pasty dough. Although there are homemade vegan pastry dough recipes, I bought my vegan pastry dough in the freezer section at Sprouts.
When it is time to serve the strudel, place the rest of the vegan gravy in a small pan to reheat to use on top of the strudel and mashed potatoes if you choose to serve with potatoes.
FILLING AND BAKING THE VEGAN VEGETABLE STRUDEL
For this vegetable strudel recipe, I only used one sheet of pastry dough. Once thawed, I rolled the dough out a floured surface. Next, I added the cooled vegetables in gravy to the center of the rolled out dough.
The next step is to fold the top and bottom vertically, before folding the two sides over, sealing the loaf. Then, I gently flipped the loaf over, seal down.
With the additional dough I reserved, with a small cookie cutter, I cut small heart shapes to place on top. Also important, is to make sure you make several slits with a knife, down the loaf, so it is able to vent while cooking.
- Preheat an oven to 400 degrees
- Cook uncovered for 30 minutes or until dough is browned
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cooking
SERVING THE VEGAN VEGETABLE STRUDEL
Furthermore, allowing the strudel to set up for about 10 minutes, allows for easier cutting and serving. Since I LOVE Vegan Mashed Potatoes, I chose to serve my vegetable strudel with mashed potatoes and gravy.
I also have another mashed potato recipe made with butter beans instead of miso, for those people who do not eat soy products. Regardless of what mashed potato recipe you like, mashed potatoes are strongly recommended with vegetable strudel.
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