Jamaican Veggie Patties
Have you ever gotten a new cookbook that was just love at first sight? I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry to review and it truly was love at first site. What’s not to love about a book that has a whole chapter on using the ENTIRE Watermelon! Zero waste watermelon! I’m still amazed at the concept. As I was quickly flipping through it and seeing the titles of all the recipes I realized that this would be a book that I would read from front to back (that night) just to make sure I didn’t miss a single thing.
As I usually do with new cookbooks I make a list of recipes I want to make right away and a grocery list. The problem was I wanted to make at least 15 dishes right away so I had to just narrow it down and save some for later.
I first went for the Jamaican Veggie Patties. I found them very easy to make even though I couldn’t find my rolling pin and just pressed out dough in single pieces to make “circles” for the filling. The crust was amazingly flaky and tasty and the veggie filling was creamy and delicious. I ate one cold out of the fridge the next day which sealed the deal that I will double the recipe every time I make it from now on.
Other recipes I tried were 2 sides. Simple Seared Green Beans and Roasted Sweet Potato Puree w. Coconut Milk. The Green Beans were good but you have to make a garlic oil first to make them. Which is a technique I can appreciate because I use to do it all the time in restaurants but to be honest I want to see the garlic in my green beans when I eat them. The Sweet Potato Puree was heavenly. You could totally skip the pureeing part of the recipe and have a damn good side dish for you meal.
I really can’t wait to cook more recipes from this book. It will be covered in food stains before you know it.
I beg you all to go out and buy this book and love it as much as I do. (and I’m not just saying that because the author went to the Natural Gourmet like I did.)