Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bistro Asparagus Twists from American Vegan Kitchen, & Primal Strips vegan jerky

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This will be a quick post, but I couldn't keep these puff pastry-wrapped asparagus twists to myself.  They're from American Vegan Kitchen, by Tamasin Noyes.  Tami does the Vegan Appetite blog, which never fails to feature awesome vegan goodies.  The cookbook is exceptionally well done, and delivers on it's promise of "delicious comfort food from Blue Plate Specials to homestyle favorites."  I've also made the sweet garklicky ribz, and a fabulous non-meatloaf from this book.

This asparagus recipe is fairly simple, but looks and tastes totally elegant.  Asparagus spears are blanched and then wrapped in strips of puff pastry brushed with mustard, and baked.  There's a good dipping sauce to go with these too. 

I've become a big fan of Primal Strips vegan jerky, since the nice folks at Primal Spirit Foods sent me a sample pack a couple weeks ago.  There are six flavors - my favorites are the teryaki and mesquite lime, though they're all really good.  Some are seitan-based, some soy, and the "Hot and Spicy" version is made with shiitake mushrooms, which is really creative.  I was a big jerky fan in my younger days, so this is one more food I'm no longer denied, though I've long since lost the idea that eating vegan means "denial" in any way.  These are great, and have been my staple afternoon snack since I received them.

16 comments:

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

Those asparagus twists look delicious and classy! I need to have a party just so I can serve these! And I also love the primal strips- mesquite lime is where it's AT!

CrookedMoonMama said...

Ha! Love the picture of the asparagus. It made me laugh. Not sure why...but I am still laughing.
Think I'll go make it now...

prideandvegudice said...

Those are so neat looking! Love it.

Mihl said...

Wow that asparagus looks awesome!

Bianca said...

Mmmm...I'm reviewing Tami's book soon and I somehow missed over this recipe. It looks amazing!! I made her Spicy Tofu Noodle Salad for a not-very-vegan potluck this weekend and it was a big hit.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

what a great recipe to make an impression! This reminds me of the recipes that feature pancetta wrapped food, but what a great vegan alternative.

Phred said...

Re: Primal Strips. You make no mention of the range of flavors/types, ingredients, nutritional content, fat, sodium, etc.

What a simplistic and vapid review. "Really good" and "great." That's all you had to say. It's this kind of lack of nutritional discrimination that isn't helping the vegan community and really, with all due respect, much of a product review.

You could have made your review much shorter by simply typing "Yum" for all the useful information it provided.

At least the asparagus looked good.

Stacy said...

I don't think asparagus has ever been so adorable! And I love when tender asparagus is served with something kinda crunchy or bready.

I'm a fan of Primal Strips too, very flavorful and high-protein. Yum.

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I prepared something similar - brushed the puff pastry with olive oil, par baked with a pair of pieces of rosemary, then topped it with already roasted tomatoes (with lots of garlic) and Swiss cheese...and baked till nearly done. Its sound really delicious!

Best Regards,

River - The Crafty Kook said...

How pretty! They look so fancy and fun to eat. I love asparagus, but for some reason I don't treat myself to them very often. Man, you have the best cookbooks! I might be jealous...

Enjoy your chewy treats! :)

Debra said...

what a great idea!
Debra @ Vegan Family Style
PS There is a giveaway on my blog- ends in a few days.. check it out!

Kumudha said...

Visiting this blog for the first time!

Thank you so much for sharing wonderful vegan recipes!

therevolutionsimplified said...

I've always wanted to try those primal strips! I recently found another brand called vjerky that's local and super tasty. I'm excited to read more from your blog!

T said...

Those are so pretty! What a great thing for a dinner party.

Dish By Trish said...

they are so beautiful. what a great idea to really make asparagus feel special. cheers!

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