• Late Night Nosh: Potato Chippers & Golden Gravy

    by Ellen on November 14, 2007 · 7 comments

    Before smothering the crisply cooked potatoes with gravy, Peter tasted them and said “These are the best potato chips you’ve ever made.” And when he went back for thirds, with gravy, I knew I had a winner.

    We had a gig tonight (we’re fulltime musicians www.peterandellen.com). Got home at 8:45 PM, hungry, tired, but pleased that we hadn’t relented and given in to the urge to stop at a restaurant for a late dinner.

    Since exploring vegan cooking, I continue to marvel at how I’ve shifted in my thinking. I used to honestly believe that I had to have a protein, starch, vegetable etc. in order to have a complete healthy meal. But now, I know that it’s ok to have potatoes with gravy for a late dinner, especially when it’s delicious and filling. I’m sure I had my protein needs met at another meal today, and besides, the gravy was made with chickpea flour which must have some protein, I would imagine.

    It was yummy, with just enough salt and crunch to fully satisfy both of us.

    Potato “Chippers”
    from The Everyday Vegan by Dreena Burton (with some slight modifications)

    2 1/2 lbs all-purpose potatoes, sliced into 1/4″ rounds (I used russets)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 tablespoon soy parmesan (optional) – I didn’t use this
    3/4 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    fresh ground pepper, to taste

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. After slicing potatoes into 1/4″ rounds (I did this in my Cuisinart food processor), combine them with the other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Spread the potatoes out on a baking sheet or jelly roll pan that you’ve lightly greased with olive oil. Space them out as much as possible. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, turning them over and rotating the trays after about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are golden brown and tender (every oven is different, so check on your potatoes to make sure they aren’t getting too crisp and/or burnt). Season with additional sea salt and black pepper if desired, and serve immediately.

    Golden Gravy
    adapted from The Real Food Cookbook by Ann Gentry

    2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (I use Kal brand)
    2 teaspoons chickpea flour
    1 tablespoon canola oil (I used olive oil)
    2 tablespoons chopped onion
    1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon (her original recipe called for sage)
    1 cup water
    2 teaspoons wheat-free tamari
    1/8 teaspoon sea salt
    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

    Stir the nutritional yeast and chickpea flour in a heavy skillet over medium heat for five minutes or until fragrant. Set aside.

    Heat the oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 10 minutes, or until tender and beginning to brown. Add the garlic, thyme, and tarragon, and saute for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Whisk in the flour mixture thoroughly, and then whisk in the water, tamari, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, whisking frequently, and continue to simmer until the gracy is thick and creamy. Strain into a bowl and serve (very important step). The gravy will keep for two days, covered and refrigerated (if you have any left!).

    { 7 comments… read them below or add one }

    Sea November 14, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    Ooh! Ooh! You rock. I can’t wait to try this. The gravy sounds a little like my favorite standby vegan gravy (I posted about it this month, again), but I love the spices and the chickpea flour. I am trying this… and SOON!

    -Sea

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    Faye November 15, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    This looks like a winner! I will absolutely try this AND may bring the ingredients to NC to make it there….mmmgood!!

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    b36Kitchen November 16, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    hi. thanks for stopping by my blog. V-Con is short for Veganomicon…the new cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero from the ppk. It’s a great book. All 3 of there books are great actually! Great blog!

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    Ellen November 16, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks b36kitchen – love your blog as well. I’ve subscribed to it so that I can see your posts. I’m experimenting (that’s my way of saying I haven’t committed) with veganism. So far, so good – I’m really amazed at the width and breadth of vegan cooking!

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    Gluti Girl November 16, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Hey, I checked out your website! Very cool. I am married to a musician that performs family entertainment too! You might enjoy checking them out. We get around the country a lot to state fairs.

    http://www.clownband.com/

    They are not clowns in the sense they do not paint their faces, but clown around. Kids love them! Just thought I would share that. It’s hard traveling and playing gigs AND being gluten free!

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    Ellen November 16, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Gluti Girl,

    Glad you stopped by. Yep, it’s a real challenge, big time, to travel as much as we do, and try and stay gluten free. We bring a lot of food with us when we travel, and I always know where the closest Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s is. Plus I can easily make do at a regular supermarket. Sounds like we’re in the same boat! Glad to know you!

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    Sally Parrott Ashbrook November 27, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Oh, yum. I am totally trying those biscuits in my baking next month!

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