Vegan Chorizo Empanadas

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Vegan Chorizo Empanadas

This was the most popular dish at my vegan Mexican feast and my guests didn’t believe the filling was not actually made with chorizo. I made 24 for six people and we had just a couple left over. Mr B, said he was dreaming about these all night and so we ended up having the rest for breakfast the next day!

The trick to this dish and any meat substitute is to impart the flavours of the dish you are impersonating. For the chorizo therefore the balance of smoky paprika and chilli for the subtle smoky spicy undertone, is the key. Don’t be afraid to be bold with the spicing as you’ll be wrapping these babies with a blanket of puff pasty and so will have to get through that first to get to the flavor

These are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as Mr B will attest, as well as holding up well during travel, for a picnic or packed lunch

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 lb. vegan mince
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp. oregano dry
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • ½ tsp. salt or more to taste
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ cup. Vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. raw sugar
  • 4 sheets of puff pastry
  • Water and almond milk for glazing

Method

  • In a medium skillet heat the coconut oil
  • Add the vegan mince, sauté for a few minutes, add onions and garlic and continue cooking until the onions are soft and translucent
  • Add the oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, chilli powder, salt, pepper, vegetable broth and sugar
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes till the broth is gone
  • Add more smoked paprika or chilli powder to taste
  • Preheat the oven to 350f/250c
  • Working with one puff pastry sheet at a time, roll it out so it is long enough to cut 6 circles in with a pastry cutter
  • Fill each with a tbsp. of the mixture, brush half of the inside of the round with water and pinch shut, use a fork to seal again on the outside which also creates a lovely picture
  • Brush with almond milk on the outside to glaze
  • Repeat with the remaining ingredients,
  • Poke wholes in the empanadas and place on a baking tray
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
  • Serve warm or cold
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Edamame dumplings

Edamame Dumplings

Follow your passion on a voyage of discovery…

When you move to a new city, it can be both intimidating and exhilarating all at the same time.

Starting again is hard, finding new friends and building connections, getting to know the secrets of a city, where and what to eat. It’s like being a child again, exploring the world and seeing what brings you joy and what you should stay away from.

The interesting part of starting again, is understanding what you keep and what you choose to let go of. What motivates you, what drives you, what brings you joy. Simple good healthy food, continues to be my passion. If you are reading this and know the restaurant scene in the USA, then please feel free to recommend some places to try, and I will gladly try them and review them on this site!

I found this dish in a Japanese restaurant in Chelsea New York, as recommended by a friend from the UK, that I went to try out with a new foodie friend, Ms. M*. This particular dish brought us so much joy, that I decided to make my own version so we could eat them all the time. Ms. M was a patient taster and this is the version we deemed the best for its balance of simplicity and subtle umami undertone.

The restaurant dumplings use ricotta to add a smooth richness to the mixture and dilute the concentrated Edamame taste. I wanted mine to be vegan, so I substituted this with a little white miso, to create a similar affect. I kept the inside of the dumpling simple, as a part of the beauty of this dish is the burst of truffle from the drizzle of oil at the end.

This is a Tasha.Kitchen original, feel free to copy, creativity should be shared

*A little about Ms. M. She is a serial entrepreneur, among other things, running her own consultant firm (http://fayerconsulting.com) and charity (www.herhealtheq.org) dedicated to health equality for woman. She is a great travel and foodie partner in crime, a dedicated taster for Tasha.Kitchen, a genuinely amazing friend and an inspiration to us all.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Edamame, shelled, cooked, drained
  • 1 teaspoon white miso paste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 20 wonton wrappers
  • 1-2 cups pre-made veggie broth, for steaming
  • Truffle oil for drizzling

Method

  • In a food processor, pulse together the Edamame and Miso. Taste and adjust for salt.
  • Lay half of the wonton wrappers out on your work surface. Set the rest in a pile next to you, along with a small bowl of water for sealing the edges
  • Spoon a teaspoon of filling in each
  • Wipe a bit of water on all 4 edges. Fold the wrapper in half to form a triangle
  • Simmer broth in a medium skillet. Add enough broth so that it covers the bottom of the pan at least an inch deep.
  • Drop wontons in the pan in a single later.
  • Cover and steam for about 2 minutes or until the wontons are cooked through but still al dente
  • Divide steamed wontons among plates, drizzle with the truffle oil