Facebook Logo Twitter Logo Pinterest Logo Nut Gourmet Blog Logo
only search Vegetarians in Paradise
VIP Bird
VIP Banner
Fill out your e-mail address to receive our newsletter!
*E-mail address:
*First Name:
Last Name:
Please let us know your location for special events:
USA:
Los Angeles:
International
(Outside USA):
Subscribe Unsubscribe
 



***************************************

Vegan for the Holidays


Click Here for Special Purchase Price


Contents
.

Translate This Page

sphere Homepage

sphere Thanksgiving Happenings

sphere News from the Nest

sphere Vegan for the Holidays Blog

sphere Vegan for the Holidays Videos

sphere Zel Allen's NutGourmet Blog

About Us

Cookbooks

Food History/Nutrition/Recipes

sphere On the Highest Perch

Awards

Nutrition Information

Los Angeles Resources

Cooking Tips/Recipes

Guest Contributors

Books/Media Reviews

Directories

sphere Archive Index

sphere Contact Us

*Privacy Policy: When you subscribe to Vegetarians in Paradise (vegetarian e-zine) your email address will not be sold or rented, and will only be used to let you know in an email what's new in our monthy web magazine.

All the world is nuts about

    What's in The Nut Gourmet

The Nutty Gourmet

Vegetarians in Paradise
 Vegetarian Cooking with Zel



In spring, when plump, fresh asparagus is in season, I like to prepare this dish to serve as a hearty lunch or light supper. Separately, the components are not extraordinary, but together they become elegant and impressive when tastefully layered, sauced, and presented as an open-faced sandwich. Served with a salad and a cup of herbal tea, this asparagus treat a hearty meal to enjoy with gusto.

Asparagus on Toast

SAUCY ASPARAGUS ON TOAST

Yield: 4 servings

    Creem Sauce
    2 1/2 cups (600 ml) vanilla soymilk
    2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice-powder
    Pepper to taste

    2 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 to 3 tablespoons water

    Open-Faced Sandwich
    2 bunches plump asparagus, tough ends trimmed

    4 slices whole grain bread

    1 1/2 cups (360 ml) prepared or homemade hummus

    2 to 3 tablespoons diced tomato, for garnish
    2 tablespoons finely minced parsley, for garnish
    1 tablespoon finely minced red cabbage, for garnish

  1. TO MAKE THE CREEM SAUCE, combine the soymilk, nutritional yeast, salt, five-spice powder, and pepper to taste in a 2-quart (2 liter) saucepan. Cover the pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Immediately, reduce the heat to medium and simmer 1 minute. Watch carefully to avoid a messy boil-over.
  2. Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl or cup and stir to form a runny paste. Add the paste to the gently bubbling sauce and stir continuously for about 1 minute until the sauce thickens. For a thicker sauce, stir the remaining 1 tablespoon each of cornstarch and water until smooth. Add the mixture to the gently bubbling sauce and stir continuously until the sauce is thickened. Keep the sauce warm over low heat while preparing the asparagus.
  3. TO MAKE THE OPEN-FACED SANDWICH, put the trimmed asparagus spears in a 3 or 4-quart (3 or 4 liter) saucepan with about one-half-inch (1 cm) of water in the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately, reduce the heat to low and steam the asparagus for about 4 minutes, or until the spears are fork tender.
  4. Meanwhile, spread a thick layer of hummus over each bread slice and place each slice on a separate plate.
  5. Arrange the asparagus spears close together over the hummus-covered bread and top with a generous quantity of the warm Creem Sauce.
  6. TO GARNISH, place a teaspoon of the diced tomatoes over each sandwich and sprinkle the parsley and red cabbage around the dish to form an attractive border.


Click here for past cookingwithzel@home.comeonin recipes


Vegetarians in Paradise

Homepage sphere Los Angeles Events Calendar sphere Our Mission sphere The Nut Gourmet sphere Vegan for the Holidays sphere Vegetarian Survival Kit sphere News from the Nest sphere Recipe Index sphere Los Angeles Vegetarian Restaurants sphere Vegetarian Basics 101 sphere Protein Basics sphere Calcium Basics sphere Ask Aunt Nettie sphere VeggieTaster Report sphere Vegetarian Reading sphere VegParadise Bookshelf sphereHeirloom Gardening sphere Cooking with Zel sphere Dining in Paradise sphere Cooking Beans & Grains sphere On the Highest Perch sphere Road to Vegetaria sphere Words from Other Birds sphere Using Your Bean sphere Ask the Vegan Athlete sphere Vegetarian Holiday Meals sphere Great Produce Hunt sphere Farmers' Markets sphere Natural Food Markets sphere Vegetarian Associations Directory sphere Links We Love sphere VegParadise Yellow Pages sphere Media Reviews sphere 24 Carrot Award sphere Vegetarian Food Companies sphere Archive Index sphere Contact Us

© 1999-2014 vegparadise.com