One of my all-time favorite vegan upscale restaurants was Horizons in Philadelphia. It is closed for business, as the owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are opening a new restaurant called Vedge (to be open in the coming weeks hopefully). A great recipe that I made from their Horizons: New Vegan Cuisine cookbook is the delicately delicious White Bean and Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil. The blend of cauliflower and white bean is creamy and exquisite. This makes a nice meal with a simple salad and crusty bread or as a starter to a gourmet multi-course dinner.
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In keeping with the theme of local fall produce, I decided to make a hearty soup using the delicata squash in my CSA share for the week and veganic organic onions from Unexpected Farm. I love supporting this Watkins Glen farm when I find them at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Also, while I was at the farmers market over the weekend, I picked up a pint of fingerling potatoes and sweet corn.
Our entire meal consisted of delicata squash soup, truffled fingerling potatoes, sweet corn, garlic bread, a mixed green salad, and sparkling cranberry juice. Dessert was pumpkin pie with rice milk whipped cream (see my previous post). Pictures and recipes just included for the soup and potatoes!
I used this recipe for Delicata Creamy Squash soup from AllRecipes.com. I veganized it using Mimiccreme Cashew & Almond Cream and Earth Balance (instead of butter). The soup turned out creamy, sweet, and easy on the palate. It was accidentally gluten-free as well!
Feeling inspired by a fingerling potato dish we used to get at the now defunct Horizons restaurant in Philadelphia (one of the best vegan upscale restaurants I’ve ever been to), I decided to try to my hand at making my own roasted fingerling potatoes.
Truffled Fingerling Potatoes*
1 pint fingerling potatoes
2-3 TB white truffle oil
3 large garlic cloves (crushed)
1 tsp course Celtic sea salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Scrub potatoes and rinse. Toss potatoes with truffle oil, crushed garlic cloves, and sea salt in a medium sized bowl. Place them on a cookie sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Using a fork or potato smasher, gently press down the potatoes until they split just a tad. (Not sure the benefit of this, but this is how I remember the Horizons fingerling potatoes being served). Ready to eat!
*Please note, if I include an original recipe, I don’t rate it myself (seems a little biased). Feel free to make it though yourself and tell me how it turned out!