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Mushroom + Chickpea "Sausage" Stuffed Beets

I love a good challenge (especially a food challenge) and I'm pretty competitive when I'm caught in the right mood. Recently, BandMan challenged me to make a dish that featured sausage and beets. There was only one rule: it had to taste good. So I slept on it. And this is what I came up with. Nothing too inventive but I'll be damned if I didn't blow that one rule out of the water. It didn't just tastes good, it tasted amazing. The flavors were out of this world. I'm beginning think to that this is the super power of beets. They make everything amazing.

I have no idea if my "sausage" tastes like sausage, but given that BandMan's only criticism was that it needed more fat to taste like sausage, I declare this a win - besides after it was all cooked he changed his mind "it really does taste like sausage now that it's cooked."

I had leftover "sausage" after I stuffed the beets so you could probably double the amount of beets for a larger crowd. Or you can save it and immediately start thinking about the other things you can make with it in the near future. I'm really feeling a breakfast pizza right about now or adding them into the stuffing of those Cashew Cream Cheese Jalapenos.

4 beets, peeled
  1. Preheat to 400.
  2. Slice the tail off the end of the beet so it sits up. Use a spoon and scoop a little cup out of the middle of each beet. 
  3. Stuff with sausage and bake for 40 minutes.

Mushroom + Chickpea "Sausage"

1 tbsp olive oil
10 oz oyster mushrooms, chopped
1 fennel bulb, minced
1/2 onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 c cooked chickpeas
1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 c nutritional yeast
1 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 batch of spice mix (below)
  1. Get your oil all hot and start cooking the fennel, onion, garlic, and mushrooms. When they're all tender, take off the heat and set aside. 
  2. Roughly chop/smash up the chickpeas and mix them with the rest of the ingredients. When you've got that all combined well, add in the mushrooms.
  3. You're ready to stuff your beets.

Spice Mix

2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
3 tsp paprika
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp cane sugar
salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Mix all together


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