My love and admiration for vegetarian food started not long ago, just a few years back when I was invited to dine at Wujie vegetarian restaurant here in Shanghai. That dinner revealed to me a totally new culinary world made of beans, greens and soya.
Ever since that dinner, I have tried to incorporate more vegetarian dishes into my diet. I know for a fact that I will never convert to vegetarianism but I do like from time to time to treat myself with something healthier and better for me.
This meatless meatloaf is made with tofu, eggplant and mushrooms and it is dressed with a deliscious mushroom gravy. It’s easy to make, tasty and packed with nutrients.
Here is the recipe!
Ingredients (serves 6):
- 400 gr Japanese eggplants
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 400 g firm tofu
- 250 g shiitake mushrooms
- 1 clove garlic
- 1-1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp chili flakes
- 1/4 fresh chopped parsley
for the gravy
- 300 g mushrooms
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream OR 1/2 cup of whole fat milk
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp Marsala wine
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley
Place almonds into a food processor…YES, I finally got one!
and pulse the nuts until ground
Grill the eggplants, then when skin is black, wrap them in plastic foil and let them steam for about 20 min
Then peal off the skin
Grab a nice piece of firm tofu
wash the shiitake mushrooms
and place the mushrooms, tofu, eggplant, salt, chili flakes, black pepper, egg and parsley in the food processor with the grounded almonds
Pulse until creamy. Add the rolled oats and pulse it a few more time
Transfer the mixture into a loaf pan and bake at 200 C for 1 hour
In the meantime make the gravy. Wash and chop up the mushrooms
In a saucepan melt the butter
add the mushrooms and cook them for about 10 min, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, then scatter the flour, stir again. Pour in Marsala wine and the broth and keep cooking until liquid thickens.
Add the cream and 1 tbsp of fresh chopped parsley
NOTE: to reduce fat content I used whole fat milk and let me tell you something, it worked just fine!
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it cool down
then unmold it and slice it up
and serve it with the mushroom gravy and some freshly chopped parsley!