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Sunday 21 June 2015
Vegan tahini stew with feta and dill dumplings
pizza, corn and tempeh soup, tahini lime rice, red lentil koftas, tofu bacon and almond feta. It was the almond feta that got me thinking. I had a day when my mind bounced from one dinner idea to another like a pinball.
At first it was a vegetable galette. Then I fancied trying Gena's avglomeno again but it was so light and I wanted to the comfort of Mexicale pie with its cheesy dumplings and rich stew. In a moment of serendipity, these dishes inspired a great new casserole. I was pleased that it was an opportunity to use some ingredients that had been in the fridge a while. I flavoured the dumplings with almond feta and dill. The dumplings were baked on top of a lemony tahini stew made with lots of vegies and beans.
The dill was lovely and a touch of Eastern European flavour. The almond feta was perhaps not as prominent as I had hoped. Perhaps some lemon juice in the dumplings next time would give them a lift.
meringues. In this dish, I used the brine from the beans I put in the casserole. No waste at all there!
Meatless Mondays, Kimmy for Healthy Vegan Fridays #52, Elizabeth for No Waste Food Challenge, and Lisa, Lauren, and Danielle for Fabulous Foodie Fridays #56.
More warming winter meals from Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Bean and beer stew with dumplings (v)
Chickpea, potato and tomato stew (gf, v)
Lentil ragu with chocolate chilli fettuccine (v)
Nicki’s Nana’s chulent (v)
Sauerkraut, bratwurst and potato casserole (v)
Smoky apple baked beans (gf, v)
Vegetable nut crumble
Warming winter meals from elsewhere online:
Beetroot, red onion and puy lentil bouruignon - A2K
Cheese and leek bread pudding - Tin and Thyme
Mushroom stout pie with potato dumplings - Where's the Beef?
Pumpkin maple baked bean cornbread casserole - Oh She Glows
Savoury lentil bean stew - Tinned Tomatoes
Vegetarian shipwreck casserole - Oh My Veggies
Tahini stew with feta and dill dumplings
An original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe. Inspired by Choosing Raw and Mexicale Pie
1 tbsp oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 carrots, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 cup vegetable stock
1 and 1/2 cup cooked cannelini beans
1 cup cooked chickpeas
400g tin corn, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
1 1/2 tbsp white miso
1/4 tsp mustard powder
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt flakes
Feta and dill dumplings:
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal (polenta)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup low fat milk (I used whole fat milk)
6 tbsp chickpea brine, lightly whisked
1 cup chopped almond feta
1/4 cup dill
First make the filling. [Note: I use a 22-23cm round deep casserole dish that can be used on the stovetop or in the oven but if you don't have one that can be used this way, use a large saucepan and a deep casserole dish.] Heat oil in large saucepan (ovenproof if possible). Fry onion, garlic, carrot and celery on medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are softening. Add stock, beans, chickpeas and corn. Bring to the boil and simmer about 10 minutes.
While stew simmers, make dumplings by mixing together all the ingredients.
When the stew has simmered, whisk lemon juice, tahini, miso and mustard powder with 3/4 cup water in a small mixing bowl. Add to the vegetable mixture and heat until tahini mixture is well mixed into the stew. Turn off the heat and stir in nutritional yeast flakes, dill and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning.
If not using an ovenproof saucepan, pour mixture into an ovenproof dish. There should be quite a lot of liquid in the mixture as the dumplings will absorb some while baking. Arrange spoonfuls of dumpling mixture on top of tahini stew.
Bake uncovered for 10 minutes at 200ºC. Then reduce heat to 180ºC and bake a further 30-40 minutes until dumplings are cooked (golden brown and a skewer in the middle will come out clean). Serve hot. To reheat add a drizzle of water to mixture if possible (ie if you have served some of the dumplings) and heat with lid on to keep dumplings from drying out (about 20-30 minutes).
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