Friday, July 22, 2011

Day 2 of the food project

Homemade soymilk biscuits and gravy.

Day 2 of eating down the overflowing contents of my kitchen larder.

This morning I worked with the following ingredients:

All purpose flour
Earth balance spread
Ground turkey

The only thing that came to mind was biscuits and gravy.

And because it is Friday, I am going to give you two recipes today!

The biscuit dough was quick and easy to make.

The dough started out great.

At this point I was completely ignoring the ever popular suggestion that biscuits should be 2" thick.

Do yourself a favor and don't ignore that suggestion. If you do ignore it, like I did, your biscuits will taste fine but will end up looking like cookies instead of biscuits.

See? they came out too flat to look like proper biscuits((

They were still nice and flaky on the inside.

Then they got smothered in gravy. Mushroom and turkey gravy, that is...

The gravy turned out AMAZING!! It tasted like the best turkey stuffing you have ever had. So I ended up eating it like this:

I am off to brave the warehouse horror that is Ikea but it is totally worth it to have some Swedish meatballs. After all, I need to keep the brown food theme going :-)

Here are the recipes...

Super delicious mushroom gravy

Serves 4


1/2 cup of ground turkey (this can easily be omitted to make the recipe vegetarian)
3 large button mushrooms, chopped
1/4 of an onion, chopped
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
2 cups of unsweetened soymilk
1 tsp. of Earth Balance spread
a pinch of salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary and sage.
1/2 tsp of olive oil

In a heavy skillet brown the ground turkey in the olive oil over medium heat. When the turkey is nicely browned, add in the onions, mushrooms and the Earth Balance spread. When the onions are translucent, add the flour in slowly and let it cook till it just turns brown. Then slowly add in the soymilk and turn down the heat to low and let is simmer till thickened. If the gravy gets too thick just add in some hot water.

Ladle a generous portion of the gravy over just about anything. Enjoy!

Soymilk biscuits

Serves 1


1 cup of all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1/8 tsp. of salt
3 Tbsp. of Earth Balance spread
1/8 cup of unsweetened soymilk


Combine the flour, salt and baking powder and mix well. Then add in the Earth Balance margarine and work it into the flour mixture. Make sure to break up the margarine with your fingers so that it is in small pieces. Slowly add in the soymilk and keep mixing the dough with your fingers. Stop adding soymilk when the dough just starts to come together.

Roll out the dough so that it is 2" thick. Use a glass or round cookie cutter to cut one round biscuit from the dough.

Place the biscuit on a cookie sheet and cook in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes or until it is just starting to get golden brown on the edges.



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