Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sweet Potato, Bread Pudding And Other Terms of Endearment

Savory Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

Last weekend the Man of Science and I slept in a bit later than normal on Sunday morning. And by "a bit later than normal" I mean "until 8:45". Yes, we get up freakish early, even on Sundays. No reason for it, really, though it does always afford us the seats of our choice at breakfast, surrounded by senior citizens who think we're cute. And it allows me to have a full day to get other chores done without rushing and still leaves time for, say, a few episodes of Battlestar Galactica before bed.

As I said, last weekend we were slightly off our normal routine which meant our usual breakfast place was full. However, we did head out late enough to eat at The Imperial which has vegan breakfast but doesn't start serving until 10 AM. Despite my lukewarm feelings about the vegan breakfast (which has changed slightly since my first post, happily it is now bananaless) I do love going to The Imperial. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, entertaining posters on the wall, etc. I just wish they'd jazz up their vegan option the way they've vastly improved their vegetarian plate.

And what is on that vastly improved vegetarian plate, you may ask? It was actually something I'd never seen before: a savory bread pudding made with sweet potatoes, eggs, and sundried tomatoes. The Man of Science said it was delicious. I pledged to replicate it as soon as possible, vegan style.

My first attempt was a bit wacky. I used way too much bread and didn't mix the fakey egg in with the other ingredients well enough. It ended up being an uneven, overflowing, yet tasty dish. The second time I tried proved to be much more successful. I will say that I used roasted red peppers the second time because we were out of sundried tomatoes, but the sundried tomatoes were much better so I'm putting those in my official posted recipe.

This makes quite a big pan full of deliciousness, so it would be an excellent brunch to share. We've also eaten it for dinner with some salad on the side.


Savory Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

2 medium sized sweet potatoes, cubed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped small
5 pieces of whole grain bread (I used rye) cubed with the crusts cut off
1 tetra pack of firm silken tofu
1 tbsp mustard
1/4 cup chickpea flour
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
tsp salt
shake of pepper
1/2 cup soy milk
2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp tumeric
3/4 cup spinach
4 sundried tomatoes (the kind packed in oil), chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Boil sweet potatoes until just tender, 4-5 minutes. Set aside.

Heat olive oil over medium heat and add onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until onions begin to turn transparent, and then add the bread pieces.

Cook until bread begins to brown, then set aside.

Combine tofu, mustard, chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, soy milk, basil, and tumeric in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.

Mix sweet potatoes, bread/onion mixture, tofu mixture, spinach, and sundried tomatoes, then pour the whole shebang into a large pie plate or cast iron pan. Sprinkle some extra basil, salt and pepper on top if you are so inclined.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Let it cool, then slice it up.

Serves 4-6 people.

Savory Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

Some Notes:

-I'm excited to announce that my URL just got a bit shorter. I am now the proud owner of itaintmeatbabe.com! Same great blog, now much easier to recommend to your friends. Thanks to Kat for helping me figure that one out. And the good news is you don't need to change your feed or your links. The old URL still works too.

-The Man of Science and I finished watching Battlestar Galactica last night. I didn't hate the ending as much as the internet said I would, but on a personal level it made me uneasy. I'm not the kind of girl who wishes for a totally return to nature, despite my obvious pioneery tendencies. It's kind of like that Talking Heads song where he says, "If this is paradise, I wish I had a lawn mower". And one other thing: for those of you wondering what the Man of Science looks like, well, he looks like Chief Tyrol. In a freakishly separated-at-birth kind of way.

-Did anyone else see Gordon Ramsey get fooled by vegetarian "chicken" on this week's Kitchen Nightmares? What about Ruben Studdard announcing his veganism on American Idol? T'was an interesting week in vegetarian TV land.


This Time Last Year: Fake Eggs and Real Potatoes


Jacqueline said...

What a great idea for a dish. Something a bit different.

Brigid said...

I am definitely going to have to make this. It sounds so interesting.

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

I am a fan of this, and I have never seen a bread pudding that appeals to me before. Well done!

T said...

Oooh, sounds good! I always forget that sweet potatoes are also good in savory dishes. And bread puddings are my favorite...

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

That's so lovely! I WILL be making this soon.

Gina said...

This sounds awesome!! I must try it, I will let you know when ;)

Asteroidea Press said...

Holy shit! That *is* a freakish resemblance!

Mary Massacre said...

AH! My boy have just started season one! If you are at all inclined to play board games, the Battlestar Galactica one is really really fun. We even occasionally turn it into a drinking game that we fondly refer to as 'Drinklestar Galacvodka'.

EK said...

I love savoury bread puddings! We have a family friend who (by popular... *ahem*... my demand) brings mushroom bread pudding to dinners. Mmm good.

VivaciousVegan said...

I think this looks briliant, so tell me how did the rye bread taste in it, was it subtle or rich???

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Jacqeuline, Brigid, Trinity, Gina & OV: you should definitely try it! It's a different take on familiar flavours so the end product isn't too weird! :)

T: Would you believe I've never made a sweet dish with sweet potatoes?

Asteroidea: I know, it's even weirder when you see him on video. Plus, for most of the last season they've had the same haircut.

Mary: I wondered about the board game because I see it everywhere. I meant to do some research to see if it was fun or just something to get money from fans.

EK: Mmmmm, mushroom bread pudding sounds good.

VV: It is a pretty rich dish, given the combination of the bread and the sweet potatoes, but I found that having a small piece with some salad was a good way to go.

Ricki said...

This sounds absolutely, positively, delciously stellar! I already love savory bread pudding but would never have thought to add the sweet potato. Must have made a fabulous brunch! And I miss Battlestar Galactica now that it's over. . . .

MeShell said...

That looks awesome! So colourful!

Dawn said...

That looks delicious! Homey but still fancy.