Monday, October 19, 2009

Minnesota Week. You betcha.

For lack of a better phrase, this week was kicked off by a nail-biter of a win by the Vikings. I didn't make anything remotely Minnesotan yesterday, but the spirit was there. Hey, and the cupcakes were purple! Now, I'm flying high on a wave of purple and gold glory until the Vikes get their asses handed to them by the Steelers next Sunday. I'm sending good vibes to Antoine Winfield: get better! Rest! Ice! Compression! Elevation!

And speaking of rice, who doesn't like a big bowl of down home Minnesotan creamy wild rice soup? With the Minnesota state mushroom?

Wild Rice Soup with Morels
Makes a ton

2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
5 stalks celery, chopped
1 zucchini, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 quarts not-chicken broth
1 cup fresh morel mushrooms, chopped
(I used dried and rehydrated a half cup)
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried parsley
salt and pepper
1 lb chicken-style seitan, cut into bite sized pieces
1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice or wild rice blend
1 cup white wine
2 cups soy creamer

Cook the wild rice and set it aside. I used a blend because I wanted a variety of flavor, so use that.

Heat the oil in a stockpot. Sauté the onion, carrots, celery, and zucchini until the onion is translucent. Add the broth, rice, herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until carrots are no longer crunchy; about ten minutes. Add the seitan and wine. Cook five minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in creamer. Test for salt. Serve!


Anonymous said...

This looks amazing! Too bad morels are about a million dollars a pound here!

What kind of creamer did you use?

Megan said...

I got the morels dried, and rehydrated them, so they were actually pretty cheap.

I used Trader Joe's soy creamer, which is the same as Wildwood.

CBrownColors said...

Hiya! This looks amazing. Definitely something my Minnesotan mom would make! I'll have to make this vegan version for her when i visit.

I came across your blog while doing a search on Minnesota + vegan. My boyfriend and I are thinking of moving to Minneapolis and I'm wondering what the vegan scene is like downtown.

I'd love to see a post about local favorites of yours in the twin cities! plz write! and thanks!