Are You Serving a Party Monster? You Should.

It’s that time of year again! You know, the time to jump on the football band wagon. The game won’t be on at our house, but we’ll still be having some fantastic food.

Here’s a new recipe which will be in Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day. The book is wonderfully coauthored and photographed by the amazingly talented (and cool) Celine. For the bread, you can use pizza dough or even store-bought bread dough that would equal one loaf.

The Party Monster

Yield: 6 servings

This stuffed loaf is a show-stopper. It can be served hot or at room temperature. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping, if desired.

1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil

1 cup (160 g) chopped onion

2 cups (140 g) sliced mushrooms

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 recipe Green Monster dough (sorry, it’s in the book) or favorite bread dough

6 ounces (168 g) thin Mushroom Tomato Slices (it’s also in the book, so use store-bought for now)

6 ounces (168 g) thin Gobbler Slices (link here!)

16 mild banana pepper rings

Nonstick cooking spray

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, then add the mushrooms, oregano, and thyme. Cook for 5 minutes longer, or until the vegetables are softened. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool before using.

After the bread has risen, dump it onto a lightly floured work surface. With a rolling pin, roll into a 12 x 16-inch (30 x 40-cm) rectangle. With the short side across, on the center 6 inches (15 cm), layer half the Mushroom Tomato and Gobbler Slices, all of the onion/mushroom mixture, the remaining Mushroom Tomato and Gobbler Slices, and the pepper rings. Leave 1 inch (2.5 cm) at the top and bottom without filling.

Using a knife, make 6 to 8 cuts on each side of the filling, perpendicular to the filling. Make an equal number of cuts on each side. This is the part that will be braided. Starting at the top, fold an empty strip of dough over the end of the filling. Alternating sides, pull one strip from each side across the filling. Continue until you reach the last strips on each side. Fold the bottom in, then finish the braid. Pat with your hands to help seal the braided strips closed.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and carefully transfer the braid to the sheet. Let rise, covered with a towel, for 30 minutes, or until nicely puffed.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the bottom is browned. Transfer to a rack and let cool for a few minutes before cutting. Cut into six 2-inch (5-cm) strips and serve.

I’ve got a few more suggestions, too. Whether you are a football fan or not, you can always eat as if you are! Last year I posted a Buffalo Wing Pizza for the Super Bowl. The All-American Incrediburgers from American Vegan Kitchen remain a favorite in our home. Other great picks would be the Spinach Artichoke Dip, which was adapted from the Alfredo recipe. Or maybe the Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza, also from American Vegan Kitchen, is more your thing.

You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet here lately. I’m just about to hand in the manuscript for
Grills Gone Vegan!, so pretty soon, things will get back to normal with more regular posts and a contest or two, and of course, the Vine and Dine and Food Network Friday features. Thanks for bearing with me. Stay tuned for a chance to win Sticky Fingers’ Sweets!

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  1. Posted January 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Awesome and would be great to serve at a party!

  2. Posted February 1, 2012 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    GREEN MONSTER!!!! I’ve eaten it, it’s amazing! AMAZING!

  3. Posted February 1, 2012 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    The game won’t be on at our house either, but who cares. I want that bread! Looks and sounds amazing!

  4. Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    You guys, it’s so easy, too! Thanks!

  5. Posted February 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh, girl. I love me a good sandwich, and this look fantastic. Definitely adding it to the menu in the near future!

  6. Posted February 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Lizzie, do let me know if you try it!

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