This recipe comes from the Thanksgiving episode of Guy’s Big Bite that aired on Food Network a week or so ago. It’s probably the most Thanksgiving-y recipe from the episode, and is almost accidentally vegan with the exception of butter, which is an easy swap. I originally thought 1/4 cup of whiskey wouldn’t be enough and you wouldn’t be able to taste it, but it’s definitely noticeable without being overwhelming. If you don’t have or want to use agave, 1/2 cup maple syrup mixed with 1/4 cup of water would be a good substitution. Happy Holidays to those celebrating this week!
You know what I didn’t know? That brussel sprouts are actually brusselS sprouts. I’ve been typing and saying this veggie’s name incorrectly for years! The things you learn while blogging.
This is one of Guy’s few Thanksgiving-y recipes. On November 20th it looks like Food Network is airing a Thanksgiving episode of Guy’s Big Bite, but based on what he’s making it doesn’t seem like Guy is big on the holiday (in fact it looks like he has a big barbeque for Thanksgiving every year). Neither am I. Thanksgiving food is kinda gross. If I could, I would make tacos, but the rest of my family loves the traditional stuff. My (also vegan) sister is mostly in charge of making our Thanksgiving food, and I typically go along with whatever.
This creamy brussels sprout gratin is pretty great, though. It would be an excellent alternative to green bean casserole, and would make even the biggest brussels sprout naysayer satisfied.
While I was making these, I texted my partner “Making onion rings is so hard,” followed by “Onion rings are so delicious” about 30 minutes later. Making these onion rings wasn’t exactly hard, but it took longer than I wanted it to (perhaps because I made enough onion rings for 4 people, but you can never have too many onion rings). I’m not a sriracha fanatic like many folks, but the sriracha + ketchup combo in this recipe is pretty much perfect. Spicy, but not so much that you can’t eat more than few bites. It also gave the rings a gorgeous deep orange color, which makes for a lovely presentation. I served mine with ranch dip.
The recipe’s under the cut!
This recipe is based on Fieri’s “Jimmy’s Favorite Garlic Bread” recipe, which I turned my nose up at upon reading for the first time. Who puts mayo in garlic bread? That’s sacrilegious.
I hated mayonnaise before going vegan. It never appealed to me and I almost never ate it. Veganaise, however, is a different story. I use it for everything. Dressings, sauces, anything that needs a bit of creamyness. I’ve even been caught eating it right out of the jar. It’s delicious. But whatever your vegan mayo of choice is, you’ll want to use it here. I know it seems kinda gross, but I assure you this is probably the best garlic bread I’ve ever had in my life. The garlic “butter” creates a delicious, fluffy layer on top of the bread. I ate mine along side a caesar salad (again, using Veganaise) and it was divine.
Here’s the recipe: