Can’t wait… Pieces disappearing from behind : Spicy Garlic Vegetarian Sausage Bread
Necessity is the mother of invention and creativity becomes a necessity if resources are limited. This is especially true in my kitchen.
I have to have the plan of dinner in my mind by late afternoon otherwise things start falling apart:) . With a young boy and a baby together, often most other plans end up only being in my mind. Dinner, lunch…….cooking is the first plan I execute cause not only is food important for all of us, cooking is a big stress buster for me. Couple of days back, I went grocery shopping without the dinner cooked at home. Returned home late and with an unplanned impulsive buy…………
Sesame Semolina Bread
Yes, artisan breads are a big weakness for the husband and me. We bought 2 loaves cause we shop at Sam’s Club:) . These breads do not have a lot of shelf life and best consumed the day you buy. One of them could be frozen but something had to be done the other one. So, what did I have at home? Boiled garbanzo beans (for hummus) and I couldn’t see much else. The refrigerator had tomatoes.
So, the freezer came to rescue. People avoiding boca burgers …convert! Out of the freezer came boca burgers and spinach. The daughter and husband had given me 35-40 mins for coming up with something after which they would both be tired of each other and …………so, I had to just start cooking:) .Finally, what I made had us licking our fingers, scratching the aluminum foil the bread was cooked on and……fighting for leftovers the next day.
Here it is …..The Recipe:
Hearty artisan bread sesame semolina /Italian/French loaf
For the spinach layer:
Chopped Frozen Spinach 1 cup/Fresh spinach 1 1/2 cups chopped
Garlic 2 big cloves minced
Olive oil 1 tsp.
Salt 1/8 tsp.
For the spicy sausage layer:
Frozen Boca Burger/ Garden Burger 2 cooked OR Nutrela granules soaked in hot water and drained.
Olive oil 2 tsp.
Cumin powder/Jeera powder 1 Tbsp.
Turmeric 1/2 tsp.
Dry coriander powder / Dhaniya 2 Tbsp.
Garam Masala/ Curry powder 2 tsp.
Chhole masala 1 tsp. (optional)
Garlic 2 big cloves minced
Ginger 2″ piece minced
Tomato (big) 1 chopped small
Yogurt 1 Tbsp.
Garbanzo Beans/ Chickpeas 1 cup (soaked in water for 6 hours and boiled or from a can)
Salt to taste
Tomatoes 2 cut in slices
For the oil & vinegar :
- Olive oil 1/4 cup
- Balsamic Vinegar 1/4 cup
- Garlic 1 minced
- Sugar 1 tsp.
- Basil 1/2 tsp.
- Oregano 1/4 tsp.
In a saucepan, heat the oil and add 2 cloves minced garlic. Add spinach and saute for a minute on medium heat. When the spinach is wilted, remove from pan and set aside.
Cook the burgers either in the microwave or on a griddle. I made a slit in the burger and cooked for 2 minutes, turned and cooked for 1 minute in the microwave. Remove from the microwave and cut in very small pieces when cool enough to be handled. Nutrela can be substituted for this though the boca burger tastes great! I have heard there is something called boca sausage too, perhaps that can be substituted too.
Chopped ginger, garlic, boca burger and cooked spinach and garlic
In the same saucepan, heat oil and add cumin seeds powder ,dry coriander powder, turmeric and garam masala. Once these get mixed with oil, add ginger and garlic. The ginger adds a lot of flavor. Next add the chopped tomatoes and yogurt. Mix well and keep stirring on medium heat till the mixture starts to dry out a little. Add garbanzo beans and the chopped boca burger. Add Chhole/ Chana masala at this point. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes on low heat. Leftover Chhole would also taste good, I think. Mash the garbanzo bean, veggie sausage mixture a little and turn off the gas.
Mix the oil and vinegar ingredients and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the bread in half lengthwise and then five slices of each length. It helps to cut the bread in bite size pieces so it becomes easier to eat.
First layer the pieces with the spinach. Next comes the garbanzo sausage layer topped with sliced tomatoes. Lastly top the slices with the oil and vinegar mixture.
Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes till the sides become crisp. Out comes a very delicious bread. If one remotely likes curry, this is going to be a hit! These are very addictive too!!
Spicy Garlic Vegetarian Sausage Bread
This recipe is off to the wonderful Mother Daughter duo of Equal Opportunity Kitchen for their Tried, Tested and True…Take Two event . Their event has an Organ Donation cause attached to it as well. There is spice in this recipe but its quite a healthy recipe full of protein and fiber and uses olive oil. This event is being judged by Christine Cushing , just the fact that a professional chef will look at my recipe and photograph is making me jittery. But, anyway, this does please anyone who tastes it.
So, fellow bloggers, if you haven’t posted for this event, hurry up, bring your best recipe out , the deadline’s tomorrow!
Oh, I forgot………I better not, my two year old’s message to the readers is:
Please go ahead and interpret as you like:) .