OMG you’ve got a vegan coming to Christmas dinner. What the hell are you gonna serve?
Let’s assume that in the spirit of the holidays, you want to make sure the vegan feels welcome. You do right?
Ok, so go to Whole Foods and look in the frozen foods section for this box and buy it:
Got that box? Yeah? Good. Here’s what you’re gonna do:
- Thaw this roast in the fridge overnight and it’s ready to go in the oven after unwrapping so all you gotta do is put it on a pan and pop it in. And remember, don’t put it in the same pan as whatever carcass you’re serving. Keep it separate to keep it vegan.
- Then you’re gonna make some roasted veggies that are baked in their own gravy, this will save you an extra pan for a separate gravy. Just cook ’em both together in a casserole. EZ peezy.
- Then if you really love the vegan, saute something green like kale, spinach, broccoli or peas in a pan on the stove top while the roast and veggies are in the oven.
- BTW, the roast and veggies won’t take more than 45 minutes so they can go in after your carcass, while you’re all still munching on appetizers and getting drunk. Which reminds me, don’t forget vegan booze.
Here’s what the roast and veggies will look like when you’re done:
Let’s get started!
First, arrange two racks in your oven so the roast is at the halfway mark or slightly above and there is room for the casserole on a rack below it without being too close to the bottom of the oven.
Field Roast® Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute
- 1 Field Roast En Croute, found in freezer section
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Prepare the Field Roast for baking by placing thawed roast on lightly greased baking sheet. Follow the package instructions for baking. Give yourself 45 minutes for this. It’s really simple.
Here’s what your roast looks like after baking. The puff pastry shell should be golden but not burnt.
Roasted Veggies with Gravy
- 4 average-sized potatoes, chopped into 1 inch dice
- 5-8 carrots, depending on size, chopped same size as potatoes
- 4 smallish onions, quartered and chopped roughly
- kosher salt (or regular)
- pepper (freshly ground if you can)
- half head of garlic, peeled and each clove halved
- drizzle of olive oil
- light splash of balsamic vinegar
- 4 sprigs of rosemary, leaves stripped from woody stems and chopped
- 1 carton Imagine® brand leeks and potato soup (this soup is vegan and is the base for your gravy)
- 4 cups sliced mushrooms
- Mix it all up in a HUGE bowl and spread in a large greased casserole pan.
- Put casserole on lower rack in oven for the last 35 minutes of roast’s time, stirring occasionally for even cooking.
The soup makes a wonderful gravy within your roasted root veggies. And yeah, I know this is a full casserole’s worth of veggies but you can serve it to anyone. There’s nothing weird in it like that tofu shit.
What about something green?
In that last 35 minutes, you have plenty of time to either defrost some frozen peas in the microwave OR… braise some fresh kale or spinach in a pot with veggie bouillon like Edward and Sons® Garden Veggie bouillon. One cube, one cup water, a dab of olive oil and a big bundle of chopped greens is all you need in your pot to create a yummy greenfest.
See, it wasn’t that bad. Now all you gotta do is make sure your vegan is not sitting next to the turkey/ham/whatever carcass you have on the table.
And you’re on your own for dessert!
December 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm
LOOKS GREAT! I wanted that roast SO bad for Thanksgiving this year, but the HFS in Montana (I was there for a month) couldn’t get it. But now that I’m back in Chicago I’m gonna look for it at WF! The roasted veggies look super delish…I think I’m gonna have to make a “post-Thanksgiving” Thanksgiving meal now!
December 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Better go look for it soon! I found it on sale $5 off at WF 2 weeks ago and bought 2 of them. Saving one for xmas!
December 6, 2010 at 10:28 am
i havent gotten this yet, but i need one for xmas. i’ve heard nothing but good things about it. i’ll grab a few as well.
December 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm
It’s way better than the Tofurky. I’d get Toforky in a pinch but don’t expect any omnis to want to try a tofurky cuz it just doesn’t look appetizing. I’ve had omnis go for seconds on the Field Roast though.
December 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm
WF, Chicago: Wait ’til day after Christmas 1 of 2 possibilities: Either WF’ll be out of Holiday Cranberry Hazelnut Field Roast, or it was 1/2 price. We loved it on Christmas, and so, went looking for another the next day. 1st stop, found 1 for 1/2 price. Went to 3 more WFs within a short drive, (we’re close to 6, but we gave up), & found NO MORE.
January 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm
I’ve been scouting WFs and no luck yet on any crazy sales. Sale price is still the same as the regular price at The Fruitful Yield. Not that I have any freezer space anyway ;-P