Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Two More Layers.


PSA for I.E. Viewers:  It came to my attention today that folks who visit this blog by way of Internet Explorer haven't been able to see any of the photos I've posted since LAST MOFO!  So I figured out what the issue was, and I fixed it.  I now hope the majority of you are enjoying CM2TS in extreme technicolor, because it's good exercise for your eyeballs and looks prettiest when you can actually see what I'm posting.  

But, just so ya know, this blog is best viewed in Firefox.  Internet Explorer still burps at some of my formatting and makes the dashes around the pictures look funny.

Here's where I left you yesterday--gaping wide-eyed at a bunch of sweet potato circles.
If you guessed that I topped those sweet, round disks with salt and pepper and a nice little scoop of Mac 'n' Cheesie, you've got a magical mind, ESP or both, 'cuz that's exactly what I did.

Season as you layer!
Then I seasoned the tops of the pasta too, because it's important to build flavors as you stack the layers.  These were dusted with smoked paprika and a little more S+P.  

Paprika Confetti.
Here's my go-to recipe, as promised (versions of this can be found in Papa Tofu Loves Ethiopian Food and The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life).

Mac 'n' Cheesie du Jour
Makes about 8-10 servings (a big casserole full)

What You Need:
  • 16 oz. brown rice shapes of your choosin'
  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sorghum, brown rice or oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground chipotle
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (sounds weird, but needed for umami)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • dash turmeric
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • paprika, salt and fresh ground pepper for seasoning
What You Do:
  1. In a blender, soak the cashews and water for 1-3 hours, but don't drain.  Blend until perfectly smooth, about three minutes, to make cashew milk.  (If you have a high powered blender, no need to soak).
  2. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare the pasta according to package directions.  Drain.
  3. In a dry saucepan, toast the flours over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly until they become slightly fragrant.  Add the olive oil and whisk well to make a roux.  Reduce heat slightly and add the chipotle and garlic.  Stir constantly until the roux is a light peanut butter color, 3-4 minutes.  Don't let the garlic burn, or it'll become bitter!
  4. Carefully whisk in the cashew milk, beat vigorously until smooth.
  5. Increase heat back to medium and whisk in the turmeric, salt and tamari.  Whisk constantly until the sauce just begins to bubble and becomes quite thick.
  6. Whisk in the nutritional yeast, beat until smooth and thick, then remove from heat.
  7. In a deep casserole dish, combine the cooked pasta with all of the sauce except for approximately 1 1/2 cups.  Mix well to combine.  Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the pasta and spread to even out.  Sprinkle the top generously with paprika (I use both smoked and sweet).  Bake until hot and bubbly, approximately 25-30 minutes.  If desired, place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to brown top.
On top of the M.A.C, I placed smoky collard greens! I bet you knew that, too, huh?

MmmMM, greens!
All this MoFoing has left me beat and up past my bedtime, and when I get tired I write with too many exclamation marks!  You're gonna have to wait for the collard and layer FOUR details tomorrow.  Don't even try to guess what's next.

xo
kittee

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27 comments:

  1. Reminds me of the dinner you made for me when I first moved to New Orleans--it was the first time I had ever had collards OR nutritional yeast. It was so yummy. :)

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    1. Really?? How is this possible. I hope I wasn't too rough...
      xo
      kittee

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  2. Wow, tahini sounds like it would be an awesome addition to mac n cheese! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, I'm going to have to try this :)

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    1. Tahini would be good, but it's taMaRi!
      xo
      kittee

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  3. Whoa, collards on top of the mac and cheese? That's genius! I eagerly await the next layer. This is like all of the Southern food we love in one cup!

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  4. Those look perfect, I love smoked paprika with my mac 'n' cheese.

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    1. Me, too. And smoked salt, smoked yeast, liquid salt and i need to find smoked peppercorns, cuz i know they exist.

      xo
      kittee

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  5. I am a huge fan of your Mac and Cheese (I often make the one from Melisser's book). I love the cupcake liner idea!

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    1. Thank you!

      I got a huge package of these from a restaurant supply store for pennies compared to regular liners, Mihl!

      xo
      kittee

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  6. Nice! I'm definitely going to try the mac & cheese!

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  7. Giddyup! I knew there would be greens in there.

    I'm so bummed that I can't bring homemade snacks to my daughter's class - I'll have to throw her a party so that I can serve these to all of her wee little friends.

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    1. You totally called it. Why no snacks in school?
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      kittee

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  8. OMG these look amazing. I want mac & cheesie shooters!!! PS your blog always looks great it Chrome.

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  9. I've made the Papa Tofu version - gomen AND mac! SOOOOO GOOD.

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  10. Alls I know is that I like what you're working with already!

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  11. The suspense is killing me and making me hungry even though I just ate.

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  12. You're killing me Kittee! Now this is all I'm going to be able to think about. Your Mac & Cheesie is the best!

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  13. Smokey Greens on top of Mac, OH YEAH. Squash next? Add some sweetness? I KNOW! Don't guess, right? But, I can't help it! :-)) And Smoked Paprika is my fave, it will feature in one of my upcoming 'Focipes! With jalapenos!

    XOXO!



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    1. oh squash would've been great! like a mapled chipotle roast. great idea!!

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    2. Awww, you are a doll :-) I just did my first pumpkin from scratch, so I had squash on the brain!

      I LOVE LOVE the cupcake presentation, too, I have to do this this winter! Or, now, since I have like 4 bundles of collards in my fridge!

      XOXO! (I have a problem with exclamation marks, too :-)

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  14. Oooh yummy! Your mac and cheese looks delicious and I love your shoes too! And since I'm reading this a day late I saw what you were teasing and O.M.G. yum! Gorgeous dish!

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    1. thanks! the shoes are just spray painted!!
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      kittee

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  15. THANK YOU! It was very sad when I couldn't view your photos while at work.

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