Wednesday, December 26, 2012

mediterranean hot pot

Mediterranean Hot Pot: Warms you up without weighing you down
After spending a week in the Caribbean soaking up sun, living in bikinis and flip-flops, and sipping on frozen cocktails, catapulting back to the chilly Northeast was a particularly rude awakening for me. No matter how many sweaters I pile on, I feel like I just can't get warm.

Hot Pot to the rescue. Hot pot came about over 1000 years ago when Mongolian soldiers cooked this mish-mash stew in their helmets over an open fire. My vegan version contains Mediterranean influences – basil, oregano, cremini mushrooms and a licorice-scented fennel bulb. It's filling, nutritious, and best of all – warming. It's one of those soups that tastes even better after it sits for a few days.
Protein courtesy of mushrooms and dried-fried tofu

Mediterranean Hot Pot

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 5 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and sliced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced [I used Cremini]
  • 1 bunch chard, trimmed and chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pound tofu, pressed for at least an hour and dry-fried
  • 1 bunch of cellophane mung bean noodles [You can substitute vermicelli or soba noodles]
Serves 4

Heat oil over medium in a large saute pan. Saute onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes. Add fennel and mushrooms. Saute then when it gets dry, continue to cook by water-sauteing: add about 1-2T of broth of water and cook until veggies are soft, about 10 more minutes. Besides being lower in fat, this slow-cooking method will help concentrate the flavors.

Add chard and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add broth, herbs, and tofu. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer on low for about  25 minutes. Add noodles and cook until soft, according to package directions. Top with a bit of sriracha sauce if you like heat.

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Joey said...

Yes please! I don't cook with fennel enough, or chard. Printing this one out for future use!

dreaminitvegan said...

Looks so warm and cozy!

Millie said...

your food always looks fabulous.

Ranveer Patil said...

Thanks you for this post… great information.

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