Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cremini and Oyster Mushroom Pizza Rolls

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Whenever we bring food home for the holidays, or to work or a potluck, we are ambassadors from vegan land. Our diplomatic duty is to show that vegan food isn't weird or bland or covered with alfalfa sprouts. Not to diss alfalfa sprouts, but they have their place. Vegans know we eat awesome food, but there are still some pretty powerful mindsets to overcome. My entry at Christmas this year will be these pizza rolls, inspired by this post at Bitten, Mark Bittman's blog at the New York Times.

The post is by Annemarie Conte, one of the blog's contributors. Many of the comments asked about making vegetarian or vegan versions of the rolls, which were heavy on mushrooms but also contained cheese and pork. I kept the mushrooms, but added sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and capers. You could dress these up with all kinds of things - vegan cheese, cooked spinach or other tender greens, olives, marinated artichokes, etc. Anything you would like on a pizza. I just used what was on hand.

I chopped the oyster and cremini mushrooms to tiny bits in the food processor, and sauteed them in extra virgin olive oil for about five minutes. Next I added finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, minced garlic, and two teaspoons of capers. Saute for a few minutes more, until the mushrooms release most of their moisture and the mixture is very fragrant. After cooling for a few minutes, spread the mushroom mixture on a prepared rectangular sheet of pizza dough. I'll probably use a home made dough next time I make these, but I was in a convenience mood and used Pillsbury pizza dough, which is vegan :) After topping the dough just as if you're making a pizza, roll it up and press the edges together. I baked the roll at 375 for about 20-25 minutes, and served the slices with a good pasta sauce. The rolls are plenty good on their own, but the sauce is a nice addition.

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13 comments:

Kiersten said...

I am sure everyone at Christmas will like those! Those sound really good.

I like Mark Bittman's recipes. I have his vegetarian cookbook. It has some really great recipes in it.

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

Oh wowza, those look amaziiing! You're officially invited to my potluck ;)

Theresa said...

You (and these pizza rolls) are a great ambassador for veganism!!

The Voracious Vegan said...

This looks AMAZING! Such a fabulous idea.

Pilsbury pizza dough is vegan??? VICTORY! Hopefully they have it in this country....doubtful. But it's worth a shot, I can never make good dough and the frozen kinds here are pitiful. Thanks for the tip!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Those are going to be the hit of Christmas!

Jenn said...

Those pizza rolls look like great party food. I'll have to try them.

The Bad Vegan said...

these definitely *don't* scream weird vegan food - what a perfect looking recipe for sharing with non-vegans!

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JennShaggy said...

Thanks, Mike :) I'm so glad I found yours as well. Not only do the pizza rolls sound amazing, but with criminis and oysters you have me swooning. Yum city.

River - The Crafty Kook said...

I love this! They look like a perfect lunch-in-a-hurry that could be kept in the freezer for emergencies too.

Did I tell you that I made a batch of your dog biscuits for my mother in law's Chihuahua? He loves them! The shelter does accept homemde biscuits, so I will be baking them again tomorrow. YAY!

javieth said...

Very nice blog!!! I love to prepare some recipe that contain many mushrooms, i really like the flavor. Mushrooms combine with some ingredients are really delicous. So when i cook i usually add many mushrooms to my recipes and my husband is happy too.
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this is perfect to eat with some like a coffee or tea, and can be used as part of the dinner or lunch, and why not in the breakfast too, just a question, I can add something else? you know meat.

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

Looks good!!