Vegan Dreamquest Dinner 2: Beetloaf With Gravy

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Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Meatloaf Just Like Your Mother (Earth) Used to Make.
Although Houston certainly has a decent amount of restaurants serving vegan food, my wallet wouldn't allow me to eat every dinner out during Vegan Dreamquest. On the second night, my friend Kattie and I hosted a potluck dinner, inviting our omnivorous and herbivorous cohorts to try their hands at going vegan as well.

My contribution to the meal, a cold quinoa salad with zucchini, was delicious but sort of a cop-out in that I picked it up from WholeFoods rather than making it myself. I was definitely shown up by Kattie, whose vegan beetloaf was the pièce de résistance.

Kattie adapted the recipe of vegan cook/blogger The Stripey Cat by adding a layer of spinach and using a mixture of tahini and almond butter.

The bright pinkness from the beets made the loaf oddly resemble a mound of uncooked hamburger. But this garish hue belied richer, nuttier flavors from the combination of ground legumes, toasted bread crumbs, nut butters, and herbs. I won't say I couldn't tell I wasn't eating meat; I will say I wouldn't have known I was eating something devoid of animal products had I not been the wiser.

Unlike many other substitute/faux meat vegetarian/vegan products I've tried, the beetloaf had an amazingly tender texture. It was sufficiently moist and juicy in its own right, but with the addition of a few spoonfuls of vegan gravy (recipe adapted from PETA) the beetloaf absolutely burst with savoury notes of apple, thyme, and sage.

"But where's the beets?" you may be wondering.

Taste-wise, only in the background. I like beets though not so much that I desire to consume a solid block of them. However, in the case of the loaf, vegetables were more just a vehicle for other stronger flavors. But that was just fine that for the potluck. With three slices of beetloaf in addition to several scoops of kale salad, summer squash with tomatoes, and quinoa with zucchini, I certainly tasted my share of vegetables. And for once doing so was pure pleasure.

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FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

I wonder if they came up with the name after one too many viewings of "A Christmas Story."

RATM
RATM

Subtle, and very cool FattyFat. I bet most people will miss this one.

winelush
winelush

I'll never understand why people want to eat vegan food made to look like meat dishes they refuse to eat.  Just saying. 

Scott218
Scott218

Similar to lesbians using a realistic-looking dildo.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Oh dear god...

Joanna O'Leary
Joanna O'Leary

H_e_x: Elaborate, please.

FattyFatBastard: If it were an olive loaf, would you be more interested in trying it?

H_e_x
H_e_x

That looks blatantly unappetizing. Even the professional photo of it in the link didn't make it look any better. I have nothing against vegan food, but that looks nasty. Even the middling gravy in the link sounds unappetizing.

Joanna O'Leary
Joanna O'Leary

Don't judge a beetloaf by its "irradiated Twinkie" visage. Dare you to make it, eat it, and tell me it's not good.

Stating the Obvious
Stating the Obvious

Apparently Vegan Food makes some people a little bit testy. It looks like it has the consistency of those cement things at the front of parking spaces. Like an irradiated Twinkie. Like Grape-Ape's turd. Like someone ate Tropical Punch Kool-Aide, Ate too many rice krispie treats and then vomited the concoction on a hobo's dirty foot.

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