Catch me daddy!

November 19th, 2012 11:25 am by Kelly Garbato


 

Having tried somewhere in the neighborhood of 31 new-to-me recipes during the course of Vegan MoFo – and having had a gloriously delicious time of it – I promised myself that I’d keep experimenting with new recipes, to the tune of at least one a week. And, just to keep myself honest, I’ll be blogging the results! (Also because, as a vegan, I’m apparently incapable of devouring a meal without first taking and sharing at least several photos of it.*)

This week, it’s the “Mac Daddy” mac & cheese from Veganomicon. I know that Vegan MoFo is over, yet I can’t help but riff off this Janis Joplin song. Pair ALL the vegan foods with groovy music!

 

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I still heart my overly processed, Daiya and Follow Your Heart blend best, but this is definitely my new favorite noochy version. (And believe me when I say that I’ve tried quite a few!) With crumbled tofu (reminiscent of ricotta) for extra sauciness, and just a hint of thyme (genius!), this is a surprisingly rich, creamy pasta dish.

And fairly healthy: the sauce only requires a tablespoon of olive oil (two here, since the recipe is doubled) – whereas, as Isa and Terry point out, many other vegan cheese sauces require a stick of margarine. (And my sauce? Don’t even get me started on my sauce. Sooooo bad for you!) Sadists!

It’s also worth noting that I’m often suspicious of tofu, but it totally works here. It’s almost like it’s part of the sauce!

 

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All in all, this mac-n-cheese is so moist that I might actually try adding a top layer of breadcrumbs next time around. Usually I find that breadcrumbs dry out an already-parched mac & cheese dish, especially one that’s baked. Not so with the Mac Daddy! He’s smooth, smooth like the blues.

 

* Truth.

 

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4 Responses to “Catch me daddy!”

  1. Shukriyya Says:

    I love your plate with the cute little witch!

    I’ve made the version with the chickpeas once but it didn’t turn out that good. I guess I’ll have to try the normal version one day, because it sure looks yummy!

  2. Kelly Garbato Says:

    Aw man, I was going to try that version next! Oh well. :)

  3. Shukriyya Says:

    Oh no, you should try it! It was probably my fault that the recipe didn’t turn out that well. I’m not that good at following recipes exactly – I always substitute stuff and/or change some steps. I also didn’t have a food processor at the time, so I had to mash the chickpeas by hand, so the texture was probably not how it should have been.

  4. Kelly Garbato Says:

    Okay! I’ll let you know how it turns out when I try it then.

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