Food Network Friday: “Chicken” Stuffed with Smoked Mozz, Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Tomatoes

This month’s Food Network Friday may be my favorite of all time. Many thanks to Megan for her delicious pick. Originally from Robert Irvine, we tackled this stuffed chicken recipe. She’s up first.

Megan’s version

Megan, from the Vegan Cookbook Aficionado, artfully stuffed tofu. If you’ve ever stuffed tofu before, you know it can be a challenge. Apparently, this was Megan’s first time making this even more impressive than it was just in the photo. I can just imagine the smokey daiya! What a great idea. Even the potatoes look perfect. Check out her blog for the recipe.

Kelly’s version

Kelly has cooked with us before, but this is her first time doing Food Network Friday with her very own blog! Way to go, Kelly! She cleverly made this into pizza, and didn’t even consider dropping the potatoes. Picture this: roasted tomato sauce, tofu bits, balsamic reduction, potatoes…. now that you’ve got an image, go look at Kelly’s creation before cutting.

Vegan Aide’s version

Vegan Aide joined in on the fun. Sticking fairly close to the original, this roll is beautiful. Vegan Aide wisely used panko for texture on the outside of the seitan and is the only one of us to use rapini! Not only did she use it, but her 10 year old determined that you couldn’t even taste it. (The imaginations of kids…). For more details, check out her blog, Weekly Vegan Menu.

My version

For my version, I went with a chickeny seitan and stacked it rather than stuffing it. Not being a fan of broccoli rabe (apparently I’m not the only one), I went with broccolini and the tomatoes, of course. For the smoked mozzarella, I experimented with crumbled tofu. Yum! I cut way back on the oil/butter in the sauce and served it with chive pasta. In retrospect, potatoes would have been better, but with that sauce, I kept thinking pasta. By the way, Opici marsala is vegan. We loved this dish!

Thank you so much to Kelly, Megan and Vegan Aide for cooking along. Veganizing these recipes is always fun. It’s all about thinking outside the box and showing how wonderful vegan food can be. As Robert Irvine, and Kelly, would say, “Mission accomplished.”

Don’t forget, there is a quick contest going on to win a copy of American Vegan Kitchen, in honor of the PPK Cookbook Challenge. The random drawing will be Sunday.

Also, we’re taking a break from Vine and Dine and Food Network Friday through October due to VeganMoFo. But we’ll be back in November! For VeganMoFo, I’m working on a joint blog with my friend, Liz. Details coming soon!

One last thing: if you like wine, be sure to check out my interview with Cheryl from the Vegan Vine over at One Green Planet.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Posted September 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Leave it to you to find a vegan marsala. Nice! The only thing I could find was a vegan sweet wine. Oh! these wineries are annoying!
    Beautiful job, Tami and everyone. This one was a lot of fun, although it is amazing that we are the only rapini fans :)

  2. Posted September 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Looks so good Tami! We really enjoyed this one. Can’t wait til November to get back to it and see what you and Liz are up to for MoFo.

  3. Posted September 17, 2011 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Holy yum! I can’t wait until I’m back in my own kitchen and can play FNF again! :) Just in time for vegan MoFo!

  4. Posted September 17, 2011 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    So much fun! I would never have thought to turn this dish into pizza! This was a good one, looking forward to when it starts back up again. Thanks Tami.

  5. Posted September 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    You guys are amazing!

  6. Posted September 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Amazing, I love reading the Food Network Friday posts on everyones blogs. The stuffed tofu dish looks particularly awesome this week.

  7. Posted September 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    You guys should join us sometime.. they are always fun!

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