Holiday Nut Loaf - Vegetarian Meatloaf
If you don't have tofu, use soybeans. Seasonings can be varied too, according to what you like. This recipe includes a large amount of onions. At first I thought that it sounded like too much, but now I consider it to be the secret of its wonderful flavor and moist texture. The tofu or soybeans and gluten flour or cornstarch help bind it together, replacing the eggs.
What you will need:
1 cup tofu and 1/2 cut water (or 1 cup soaked soybeans with 1 cup water)
2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or 2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup gluten flour or cornstarch
1 and 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspon ground sage or Italian seasoning
3-4 cups soft whole grain bread crumbs
2 cups pecans (may use walnuts, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds or cashews)
1-2 cups finely chopped onions
1. Blend tofu (or soybeans) with water, garlic and seasonings.
2. Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add blended tofu or soybeans and mix well.
Hint: A food processor will greatly simplify the preparation of this loaf. The bread can easily be mad into crumbs several slices at a time, the nuts can be ground and the onions chopped. These bread crumbs are made using soft, untoasted bread. Dried crumbs are more compafct, so if you use them, use only 1 and 1/2 - 2 cups.
3. Place mix in lightly oiled or nonstick loaf pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes to give it a chance to set up before removing from the pan. Turn upside down onto a serving dish. Garnish with fresh parsley or kale and serve with simple Gravy or Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce.
Variation: Cashew-Carrot Loaf follow Holiday Nut Loaf recipe using 2 cups raw cashew nuts in place of the pecan. Use 1 cup finely ground or grated carrots and reduce onion to 1 cup finely chopped onion. Use 1 tablespoon Chicken-like seasoning in place of the Bragg Liquid Aminos.
This loaf freezes well:
Leftover loaf is delicious when slices are placed in a nonstick skillet and browned on each side. Yummy in sandwhiches or burgers.
Makes 1 loaf (10 servings)