Friday, August 20, 2010

No Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy

Ever thought about a vegan version of meatloaf? I have. Thought and thought and thought. Here is what I came up with. This has a really nice nutty flavor and is hearty, delicious and filling. My meat eating husband even enjoyed this which I take as a ringing endorsement.


No Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy

For the loaf:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 portabella mushroom rough chopped
3 shitake mushrooms rough chopped
1 tbsp chick pea flour
1 1/2-2 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (I used cashews, walnuts, peanuts and almonds)
3 cups breadcrumb
1 1/2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp dried herbs (I used a grill seasoning)
2 tbsp Vegan mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste

For the gravy:
2 tbsp olive oil
5 sliced shitake mushrooms
1/2-1 cup vegetable stock
1 tbsp chick pea flour
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare the no meat loaf by sauteing onion in olive oil over medium heat for until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and saute a few minutes longer. Add flour and stir. Add the vegetable stock stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for several minutes. Stir in nuts, soy sauce, breadcrumbs, vegan mayonnaise, herbs and salt and pepper.

Remove mixture from pan and form into a loaf shape. Place in a greased loaf pan, drizzle top with olive oil and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes basting with some some vegetable stock or water halfway through cooking.

To prepare the gravy heat oil in a saute pan. Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Add vegetable stock, flour and fresh rosemary. Bring to a boil until mixture thickens to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Once loaf has cooled remove from loaf pan , slice and top with gravy.

*Note- for a more traditional loaf you may want to mix some ketchup into the mixture before baking.

1 comment:

  1. made it, loved it. And fiance said it tastes like real meat :) good job Lee! thanks for sharing! i used walnut/pecan/hazelnut. Good mix