Monday, March 28, 2011

Meatless (Vegan) Monday: Vegetarian Porchetta Recipe and Link-up, Week 9

Today's Meatless/Vegan Monday meal is Gnocchi Bathed in Brown Butter from Heather at Girlichef.

OMG, did she say bathed? Oh yes, she did. Drool. I may have dreamed about this meal. In my dream I ate the whole thing and then the bowl magically refilled itself.

Now for the link-up rules: post your link to a meatless (vegan or vegetarian, or even an attempted meatless) recipe that you've posted on your blog. Include a link back to this post or this blog, or feel free to grab a button.
Next week, a reader recipe that was linked up this week will be highlighted on Meatless (Vegan) Mondays. Each week you link up or comment, gives you an opportunity to be featured the following week. Here's what I'm cooking up for Meatless (Vegan) Monday:

Day 87.

Welcome to the weekly Meatless (Vegan) Monday Link-up and my vegan recipe for the week. I've never heard of Porchetta (I'm not really a connoisseur of meat, so this isn't a big surprise). But this seemed pretty yummy. When LightLife sent me some samples of their Grilled Chicken cutlets, I thought I would porchetta-ize them. After all, the cutlets emulate chicken, but most veggie "meats" take on the taste of the spices and sauces you put them in. So here it goes, porchetta-style chicken cutlets.

Adapted from Porchetta.
1 package LightLife Grilled Chicken Cutlets
1/4 Colive oil
8 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp. rosemary, chopped
2 Tbsp. sage, chopped
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. cracked black pepper
1/4 C brown sugar
1 Tbsp. fennel seeds
1 Tbsp. dill seeds
1 tsp. bacon salt (or liquid smoke)
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Layered dinner option: 3 large sweet potatoes

Marinate the "pork" in all the other ingredients. Place in crockpot and cover with foil. I added four sweet potatoes to roast on top, you can do this or leave them out (or do regular potatoes). Cook on low 4-6 hours or until potatoes are baked

The Results
Wow. Spicy. I like it. And double duty for the slow cooker with the baked sweet potatoes is always a bonus. I love it.

I was not compensated for this post, nor was I asked to write this post in exchange for the product; however, LightLife did provide me with samples of their products to test. 

What are you cooking up for Meatless/Vegan Monday?

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  1. HA! You make me laugh...but yeah, I've been having that dream lately, too. Hmmmm ;) Thanks for featuring my gnocchi. Brought a panini today...stuffed with melty chocolate and brie.

  2. I loved Girlichef's recipe too - it sounds so yummy! And your porchetta recipe sounds lovely too - nice and spicy. Thank you for hosting.

  3. I like the chicken version with the porchetta seasonings and cooking it in the slowcooker along with the potaotes would save a lot of time and effort!

  4. It was so good. Thanks so much for the original version, Kevin. I love the spice blend. I think I may have added more red pepper flakes than the recipe called for (I'm not great about measuring) so ours was definitely spicy.

  5. Oh, Heather always has the best stuff! I love all the spices in your dish - and what a great idea to cook the potatoes on TOP of the dish in the slow cooker! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  6. Hello Kristi,
    Your Porchetta dsh looks absolutely yummy!Never tried it before but your dish now makes me want to take a bite;)


  7. Hi! I found you through the ultimate blog party. I love the idea of your blog. I love eating meatless. Unfortunately, my husband does not. I cannot wait to try some of these recipes with him!

  8. Thanks for linking at
    Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday
    ! I've linked up Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Buttermilk Biscuits. Hope you're having a great weekend.

  9. Hey! I found you through the UBP. I just checked out your featured recipe (why have I not tried gnocchi before? it looks so good) and read through your porchetta recipe. I'm not a vegetarian and I never heard of porchetta either. Not a big fan of pork (ham, yes, pork, no) and I'm definitely bookmarking this recipe.

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  11. So glad I found you. I am a semi-new vegetarian who needs delicious ideas for dinner. I thought it was hard to decide what to eat when I ate meat, now its even MORE difficult.
    Following you through the UBP 2011. Come visit me at Don't be afraid to be a follower ; )