Tuesday, September 14, 2010

White Soy Sauce Glazed Pasilla Pepper, Kale, Chickpea and Chorizo Quesadilla topped with Cilantro Creme Fraiche


I believe that the majority of my readers are under the impression that I must eat like a gourmand on a daily basis. Let me dispel this notion immediately: I am one very apathetic home chef. For example, tonight for dinner I threw some ramen noodles, mushrooms, spinach, vegan chicken and no chicken broth base into a pot and called it a night. It took about ten minutes to prepare, and my lazy ass is completely satisfied. If i made a cookbook of what I actually ate on a daily basis, I think I'd sell about 10 copies. And no one would read my blog.

When I write recipes, I like to not only think outside of the box, but outside of what's considered appropriate for a trained professional chef. I have no training besides what I've read in books. i let my palate do the teaching. I find that I usually have a great deal of success when I test a recipe, and the feedback I receive is 90% positive.

The biggest complaint I receive is that my recipes seem just a tad to overwhelming for novice home chef, but I promise that my book will break it down into easy step-by-step processes that even include shortcuts to eliminate a great deal of the dirty work that goes into the preparation process.

The recipes I'm posting today is one of my more simple ones, that way I don't have to listen to you all bitch and whine...haha how I kid. Actually, the only thing I'll allow you to bitch about the fact is that Whitey McWhiteGirl is making a decent attempt to create an authentic Mexican recipe.

The funny think is, I threw this recipe together with much less forethought than I do most of my other recipes, and I actually believe it to be one of my better ones. It was one of those "what do I have lying around the house that I can throw together" creations. Or, what my grandpa would affectionately refer to as a "Garbage Can Recipe".

I really enjoyed it, so did my roommates, and hopefully you will, too.

Oh, and one last thing. I've created a Facebook page for my book, "Veganize This!". On the left hand sidebar, you can click a pretty little link that will allow you to "Like" the book on Facebook. So get your mouse in gear and show me some lovin'!

Have a great week!

White Soy Sauce Glazed Pasilla Pepper, Kale, Chickpea and Chorizo Quesadilla topped with Cilantro Creme Fraiche

  • 2 TBSP Canola Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 White Onion, chopped
  • 1 14 oz can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 12 oz package of Vegan Chorizo (I used Yves)
  • 1 Pasilla Chile Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 cups chopped Kale (any type)
  • 2 TBSP White Soy Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups Vegan Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 Large (Burrito Size) tortillas

In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat the canola oil. Add the garlic and onions to the pan, and saute until the onions are translucent but not browned. Add the chickpeas, chorizo, and pasilla pepper to the pan, and saute until the chorizo is browned, the chickpeas are cooked and the pepper is softened.

Add the white soy sauce to the pan to deglaze, then stir in the kale and saute until wilted. Taste to see if salt or pepper is needed, then remove the pan from heat and set aside.

Take your tortillas, and add equal amounts of the chorizo mixture to one half of the tortilla. Spread the mixture out evenly over half the tortilla. Sprinkle 1/4 cup (or more, if desired) of the vegan cheddar over the filling on each tortilla, then fold the tortilla over to make a sandwich.

You have two options for cooking the quesadilla. One is to cook it in a pan on the stove, the other is to use a George Foreman Grill-type device.

If you're cooking stove top, grease a grill pan with a touch of oil and heat the pan over high heat. Cook the quesadillas one at a time for about 4 minutes on each side, or until all the cheese is completely melted.

If you're cooking on a Foreman Grill, cook the quesadillas individually until the cheese has fully melted and the tortilla is brown.

Cut the quesadillas into 4 slices, then serve immediately garnished with Cilantro Creme Fraiche. These also taste great with pico de galo salsa or guacamole.


Cilantro Creme Fraiche

  • 2/3 cup MimicCreme (or sub 2/3 cup Soymilk mixed with 1 TBSP White Vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup Plain Soy Yogurt
  • 1 small bunch Cilantro, finely diced
Mix the MimicCreme and plain soy yogurt together well, and leave out un-refrigerated for 12 hours. Yes, you read that correctly. It won't kill you...I promise.

Stick in the refrigerator until just before you're ready to make the quesadillas.

Remove from the refrigerator, stir in the cilantro, the place back in the refrigerator until you're ready to eat.

12 comments:

Rick said...

oh damn you did it again! fabulous looking meal, lady! :D

Jennifurla said...

Quite demanding arn't you - LOL, I hope you can insert your personality into your book as I can't wait to read your posts...and I am not even vegan.

JL Goes Vegan said...

This looks great! Ideas for substituting white soy until I find some?

Rose said...

These sound/look so delicious! The thing I like about your recipes is that 1) they always work 2) they pack so much flavor!

I'm sure your cookbook will be a success! I don't do facebook, otherwise I would click the "like" thing too. :)

Bianca said...

Dude, that quesadilla is totally talkin' to me. And I love the sauce recipe...another way to use up the MimicCreme that I'm hoarding in my pantry.

Mihl said...

How pretty! I love your recipes and I think you always explain the steps very well. I love your flavour combinations, too.
I've never made quesadillas, this would be a good start! Do you think unsweetened yoghurt would work as a substitute for the mimicreme?

Mihl said...

Sorry, forget about that last question. I need to down my coffee first and then start reading...

quarrygirl said...

mexican food is by far my favorite cuisine, so i am super excited that you are posting a recipe that even my unskilled ass can follow! :D

jenn, i am so freaking excited for your cookbook to come out. PRE-ORDERED!

miss u!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Holy crap, I want these!

the twins said...

this looks so good!
i love chorizo, both vegan and meat. i'm kind of obsessed with trader joe's soyrizo. i've never heard of white soy sauce...is it similar to regular soy sauce?

Lowen said...

Made these today with whole wheat tortillas and yeah...the recipe is the bomb ass shit.

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