A few months ago I was in Dallas and I ate at a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant that was amazing. They specialized in clay pots, or one pot meals cooked in a clay pot with a lid. I had an amazing clay pot with glass noodles and it prompted me to go out and buy some clay pots and start experimenting. I found some clay pots at World Market and when I got them home and started researching recipes, I realized that they are often used on the stovetop (I assumed they meant exclusively for the oven). Unfortunately, I don’t have a gas range, so I wasn’t even sure that I would be able to use them. However, after some research and experimentation, I have come up with clay pot recipe that is cooked entirely in the oven.
It’s starting to feel like fall in Seattle, and while I’m still enjoying summer vegetables from the garden, I’ve been craving a cool evening and a great fall meal.
This recipe is a vegetarian version of the classic french dish made famous in the US by Julia Child. If you are not a fan of meat facsimiles, but still want to keep this vegetarian, you could omit the the Gardien beefless tips, and double the mushrooms. You wouldn’t get the same meaty texture though.
Monday Night Football screams for junky food. This pizza is just junky enough. All of the flavors of buffalo chicken wings, but but meat-free and with a lot less fat and cholesterol. Plus there is plenty of blue and green on it. Go Seahawks!
If you want to prep this in advance so you don’t miss any of the game, prep it up until the final 5 minutes in the oven, then put it in the oven during a commercial or halftime.
Serve this with a salad or a veggie tray with a healthy dip like hummus, baba ganoush, or tatziki.
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