Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Big Reveal and the Princess.

Let's get this business finished, shall we?
Oh my stars. When I started this post on Sunday, I had no idea it was gonna be so epic.  Remember the collards from yesterday?  They were a simple dance to throw together, no onion chopping was even required.

I de-ribbed them and cut the greens into thin ribbons, then threw 'em in a big pot with some minced garlic, a handful of water and a tablespoon of yummy coconut oil.  Once they cooked down a little, I covered them and continued to cook on low with the addition of a little liquid smoke, salt and a spoonful of nutritional yeast until they were tender (if you make these, keep in mind they'll also bake in the oven for another 25 minutes).

Just in case you have no idea what I'm talking about, snoozed off or just plain forgot,  here's a brief recap of this fine potluck tale:  sturdy paper muffin cups were filled with a circle of sweet potato, a rousing layer of Mac 'n' Cheesie and then followed with a smoky blanket of tender collards.  

Lo!  Smoky Mapled BBQ Soy Curls.  Was it a potlck or a fairy tale?
I knew I could do no wrong by topping this all off with BBQ Soy Curls, plus they're quick!  At the rate I was going, I needed an out, as I was starting to develop troubled breathing along with large welts (all due to potluck adrenaline and the prospect of long blog posts).

Pop a crust on these bitches, and you're good to go!
To make these, I simply sauteed hydrated and squeezed out Soy Curls with a little olive oil over medium high heat.  Once they developed some color, I added a little liquid smoke and minced garlic.  I kept cooking and stirring, then added a healthy dose of tamari to help them caramelize and repeated the cooking and stirring with a spoonful of maple syrup.  At this point I coated them with prepared BBQ sauce and cooked 'em until caramelized and sticky.

I think they were my favorite layer.

xo
kittee

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57 comments:

  1. OH MY GOD. You are a paper cup filling genius!

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    1. Maybe Harvard will give me a degree like they gave Tyra?

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  2. Wow, they look amazing! I really want to try soy curls but we don't have them over in Australia.

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  3. Psssst! (whispers) Did you keep one aside for me?? Yes? ;)

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    1. I have extras squirreled all over the neighborhood.

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  4. Oh yum. I think I need to try your soy curl cooking instructions with some mushies!

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    1. I think you need to get together with Mel from above and other Aussies and order a crate of these. Aren't you coming to VVC next smmer? Bring big bloomers, and I'll help you stuff them full.

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      kittee

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  5. Aww !! really amazing. I just love the pictures of Soy Curls. It looks tempting.

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  6. Oh my gosh these look so delicious. BTW, I made your buffalo soy curls a while ago and they were a hit :)

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    1. thanks and so glad, nikki. i don't eat soy curls as often as you may think, but i do so love them.

      xo
      kittee

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  7. Oh man! Theses looks amazing! I love me some soy curls for sure and they look so delicious above!

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    1. thank you kellyc! how do you like to make yours?

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      kittee

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  8. Loving all of the previous elements, I didn't know how you were going to top them (literally & figuratively), but you've totally done it! After seeing pics of your Ethiopian picnic and now this, clearly I have to get myself invited to a party where you'll be cooking!! I love smoky, sticky Soy Curls. This dish is like a mouthwatering, vegan archeological dig.

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    1. come anytime, cadry! open invite.
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      kittee

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  9. Fairy tale, definitely fairy tale. I wish you still lived in NOLA! We could be friends and I could help you eat those beauties! Thanks for providing the details on preparation for these cups o' greatness!

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    1. When I lived in NOLA, no one had picked up Soy Curls yet, so I bought a gigantic 12 pound box, took out the veggie bins in my fridge and stuffed them in there. I had Soy Curls everywhere!

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      kittee

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  10. This looks amazing! I just ordered some soy curls online so I could make this. I've never had soy curls, and they look YUM.

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    1. You'll be buying the 12 pound box shortly, it's pretty guaranteed.
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      kittee

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  11. I've never had soy curls. How is that possible? These look delicious!

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    1. thank you! soy curls are really great, so if you can find some, i encourage you to buy 'em.

      xo
      kittee

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    2. Since we're on the subject of soy curls, have you tried the Butler Chik-Style Seasoning that one can order with?

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    3. Never heard of it! Is it supposed to be all that and more?

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    4. Couldn't say. It's just sold alongside soy curls in such quantity that I thought it might be.

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  12. You are a patient woman. I love the idea of popping this delicious mouthful into my piehole in one shot.

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    1. Oh, I think anyone reading this blog is more patient than I!
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      kittee

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  13. My God. These are like mini occupies but even better. I kind of want to make them for the potluck this weekend but I would just want to eat them all myself!

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    1. Yes, that was my inspiration! If you do, here's a tip--what I'll do next time. Leave off the pesky pastry on top and layer like this: Mac, collards, bbq then put a dollop of mashed sweet potatoes on top--run it through a pastry tube if you want. perfect and also XGFX to the max. I got these cups at cash n carry for pennies. If you don't have that, it's just a restaurant supply store that anyone can shop in.

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      kittee

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  14. What a delicious looking nutritional powerhouse! Kittee - I am thinking not even the most finicky kid/eater will say no to this.

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    1. My husband ate them and he hates sweet potatoes!
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      kittee

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  15. The progression of these photos is wonderful! So beautiful! You were smart to show each layer. And with each layer, I was getting hungrier! I love soy curls! xo!

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  16. This mac n' cheeze is getting EPIC! Potluck Queen--I think you won the title hands-down!

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    1. Oh!!! I better get glue-gunnin' a macaroni crown stat! With glitter!

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  17. One little cup isn't enough. I want a whole casserole. And yet another way to barbecue the blessed soy curl! Will wonders never cease? (As my mother used to say. And she knew.)

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    1. I want a whole casserole too, topped with fluffy sweet potatoes instead.

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  18. These look so delicious. I have never had soy curls, but every time I see them on a blog I think "Man I've got to use those."

    One day I'll get to it.

    P.S.
    Your hot pink shoes are AWESOME! Have a great MoFo Wednesday :)

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  19. Nice! I just brought some soy curls back from Austin and that looks like the perfect way to try them.

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  20. I love soy curls and yours look awesome! I am making bbq soy curls for dinner actually! :)

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  21. Oh my goodness. I am a sucker for BBQ'd soy curls and your mac-n-cheese, so probably I should have gone to this potluck and taken all your creations for myself. No sharing.

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  22. These look so full of layer-ly goodness! Love!

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  23. Wait wait wait. You're forgetting a layer!

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    1. The crust?? I intentionally glossed over that detail. Creative license.

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  24. This looks absolutely incredible. yum!!

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  25. Oh, drool! I NEED to get me some Soy Curls! BBQ Soy Curls on top are perfect!

    I've never even tried them, and they look so easy and delicious. I have to check Wegmans, if not, I'm sure Whole Foods must have them? Anyhoo, great mac!

    XOXO

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    1. I know I'm in GA, but I can't get them ANYWHERE but online. Regular grocery stores don't carry them, Whole Foods doesn't carry them - I have to order from VeganEssentials. I used to be able to get them at Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe here in Atlanta, but since they shut down earlier this year, I'm outta luck. Soy Curls are one of the bestest things in the entire world - especially to share with meat-eaters - but please (if this is not TMI) beware the Soy Curls farts. They will make you stanky!!!

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    2. When I lived in NOLA they weren't available, so I just bought the 12 pound box! Do you guys have friend's who would split it with you? The only problem buying so much, is you have to store it in the fridge/freezer in arm weather...

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  26. arghhhfffllwww!
    I have trouble breathing just looking at these. looks amazingly good!

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  27. This looks delicious!!

    I love soy curls and I often just sauté them with a little tamari and nooch, but I gotta try it your way.

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    1. even without the BBQ, this is my usual way of making them! super fast and super yummy.

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      kittee

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