10.27.2010

Vegetarian Halloweenies Recipe

Have you seen those cute little mummy pigs in a blanket? I think they're from a Pillsbury cookbook originally, we have a couple of them and my kids love to look through them. I finally decided to make a vegetarian version of them, thus the Vegetarian Halloweenies were born. Uh, made? And then eaten. This is a great vegetarian recipe for a fun little Halloween dinner with young kids.

I have a problem with hot dogs, I have ever since I got sick one time after eating them, I was 9. It was bad, enough said. I have been known to eat them but I really prefer not to. This has escalated since we started harvesting our own birds. I know I'm a freak but it's what keeps you coming back! So where was I? Oh yeah problem with hot dogs, love the cute little mummy pigs in a blanket things, oh what to do? Make my own!

I simply made my own vegetarian patty recipe in roughly nugget form, wrapped them in strips of bread dough and baked them for 20 minutes or so. My kids didn't know I was making them and were utterly delighted I had made a recipe from one of those little cook books. Then when my non-meat loving kids figured out they were their favorite 'veggie patties' in disguise they were double thrilled.

Vegetarian Holloweenies
1 medium onion chopped
1 cup of crushed corn flakes
3/4 cup chopped walnut
4 eggs
2 cups shredded cheese
2 TBSP oil
1 loaf of bread dough uncooked

mix all the ingredients except oil and dough, let stand for 30 minutes
then over medium high heat heat 1 TBSP oil in a frying pan
make 18 nuggets or patties (roughly the size of your thumb but not as round) out of the cheese and walnut mixture
cook 9 at a time until they are browned on both sides
put them on a baking tray to cool a bit
cook remaining patties the same way
divide dough into roughly 18 pieces
roll each dough piece into a snake and fashion mummy style around a nugget
I experimented and found that 2/3 of a strip went around the bottom and 1/3 made a good head covering with enough room left over for eyes to be drawn in
repeat until all the mummies are wrapped
bake in a 400˚ oven for 20 minutes or so

before baking
Here is my basic bread dough recipe. It's easy and good and makes 2 loaves so you'll have a loaf of bread out of this too. Or buy frozen bread dough if you want or even the stuff in the can.

Basic Bread Dough
How I make bread: makes 2 loaves
in a KitchenAid fitted with a dough hook
add 2 cups flour, 1 Tablespoon SAF yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt
pulse to mix for a bit
add 1 1/2 cups warm water
run to incorporate water, stop and scrape down sides
add 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
run again until all in incorporated, you may need to scrape it down again
now start adding flour 1/2 cup at a time
let it incorporate before adding more flour
as it becomes dough you need to turn it off and check on it if it is still sticky keep adding flour
I usually end up adding between 2 to 3 more cups and sometimes as much as 4 cups, depends on the day, the humidity and if I added a little too much water
once it has taken as much as it will, you'll be able to tell this because it will incorporate less easily and the dough will not be too sticky, let the machine knead it for 5 more minutes or so
when it is done it will climb the dough hook and drop back down repeatedly, or at least that's when I call it done, it should be smooth, moderately stiff and not sticky
turn it out into a greased bowl, flip to grease, cover with a warm damp towel and let rise in a warm place
it will double in about 1/2-45 minutes
punch it down, grease two loaf pans, form your loaves
pop them in the pans, cover them and let them rise until they are about 1 inch above the pan
pre-heat the oven, remove the towel and bake in a 350˚ for 20-30 minutes

Would I make these again? Yes to avoid having cocktail weenies and/or hot dogs I would make these again. Plus my kids loved them and want to make them so they can help. They would have helped make these but we had just made popcorn balls and they were done with being told what to do.

Peace and Love--


3 comments:

  1. Oh, man, those patties remind me of Adventist food. Can't wait to try them!

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  2. This looks so good. We are not big fans of hot dogs either, can't wait to make this. It will be great for the kids. Thank you so much for posting this. We just posted it to our twitter page and of course to the walnutlovers.com site. Happy Halloween!

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  3. These are THE BEST ever. I love love love them. (and you)

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