>Vegan MoFo Day Ten: Caramels, Vegan With a Vengeance, and Tater-tot Casserole

>Monday, I made my first Vegan with a Vengeance recipe. Maple Mustard Glazed Potatoes and Sting Beans. Except I didn’t have any baby potatoes, and I didn’t have any string beans. I cut a few regular potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Instead of string beans, I used Brussels sprouts. It turned out great.

Tonight for dinner, I made “White Trash Tater Tot Casserole with Daiya” from  Snarky Vegan. Confession: this is the first time I have ever had tater-tot casserole. Ever. My mom hates casseroles, so, its only recently that I’m discovering the glory that is the casserole.
This was awesome. I cut it in half, and used a 14oz bag of mixed veggies (corn, asparagus, and carrots), and added a few handfuls of Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chick’n Strips. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you, Snarky Vegan!

I made caramels today. It took ages, but, they taste so amazing. This is my gramma’s favourite holiday treat.

Aunt Nicci’s Caramels 
2C Earth Balance
2C light corn syrup
2 pounds dark brown sugar (4.5 cups)
dash of salt
2 cans coconut milk
2tsp vanilla
lightly grease a jellyroll pan. set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt EB on low heat. Add corn syrup. Mix well. Add brown sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved. Add coconut milk. Stir over medium heat until heat reaches 245 degrees. (For my aunt, who lives at sea level, it takes about 15 minutes. For me, at about 4,000ft above sea level, it ended up taking close to an hour and a half). Stir constantly.
Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour into jelly-roll pan. Let cool completely. Cut into 1 inch squares. For me, this made about 130 caramels.

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Posted on November 11, 2010, in Caramels, casserole, Vegan Mofo 2010, Vegan With a Vengeance. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. >What is a jellyroll pan! HmmAlso For some reason Kyle didn't like Tatar tot casserole. Hmmm


  2. >a jellyroll pan is a big cookie sheet. Like, a half sheet sized pan, but shallow.


  3. >oh, and I don't know what's not to like – gooey, cheesey, covered in tater-tots….. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.


  4. >those caramels look so good, i'm gonna have to try those!


  5. >The caramels look so good! It's been a while since I had them. It looks very neat in the trays but was it a very messy cooking process? (I'm imagining very stick things everywhere.) I've never had casserole before either but you've inspired me. Can't lose with tater tots, IMHO.Have a great weekend!


  6. >Surprisingly, it wasn't that messy. I got a few splatters of caramel on my apron while cooking, otherwise it wasn't bad – and the pan, spoon, and thermometer cleaned up quite nicely.


  7. >I think this will be the caramel recipe I'll make this month. Yes, I think this is the one!


  8. >Kelly, all 130 of those caramels came from ONE jelly roll pan? I'm having spacial difficulty at the moment ;-P


  9. >Hahaha, they DID! I had *so* many caramels! And I'm crazy enough to be considering making them again!


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