Vegan Potluck: Bruschetta

20121007-133617.jpgI attended a vegan potluck last week for the movie Peaceable Kingdom. Going to a potluck where I know I can eat everything served is always amazing so I try not to pass these events up. However, trying to figure out what to bring is always another matter. Normally when I cook vegan food for other people, those “other people” are omnivores. So, I know that if I forget to drain the tofu before cooking it, no one will even notice. But when you’re cooking tofu for other vegans, it’s like, “dammit, now I have to rinse it, drain it, marinate it, bread it, season it, braise it, and poach it.” And somehow make it taste delicious.

So I made bruschetta instead of tofu. Attendees are encouraged to bring a list of ingredients because vegans love reading ingredient lists even if it’s just a bottle of water. You never know when Aquafina might add chicken stock to their purified drinking water. I normally don’t even read the ingredient lists that others include with their dishes. As long as it’s vegan, who cares what’s in it? Gluten-free people care. But I’m not quite one of them.

P.S. The movie Peaceable Kingdom was good. On a scale of graphic imagery from zero graphic images to Earthlings, it was right in the middle. A few bits were difficult to watch but overall I enjoyed the stories from the movie. We had a great discussion after the movie that lasted almost an hour. There were 15-20 vegetarians who stayed till 10:30 on a Friday night talking as a group about everything from abused elephants in the circus to Whole Foods’ meat section. Nerdy, yes, but this is what life after college is like, I guess.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf vegan French bread
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic seasoning
  • 15 grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 Tbsp balsamic
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice French bread 1/ 2 inch thick and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle on garlic seasoning.

3. Toast bread in oven 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

4. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl.

5. Remove toasted bread from oven and spoon tomato mixture on to each slice.

 

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