Day 6: 12 Days of Recipes 2017 - Whole Spices & Vegetable Strata

December 10, 2017

Day 6: 12 Days of Recipes 2017 - Whole Spices & Vegetable Strata

Day 6: Gift & Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Fresh spices are a must for any serious gourmand or aspiring chef. A few packages of whole nutmeg, saffron, or cardamom make a great stocking stuffer or gift pack for the cook on your gift list. Whole spices are also a great investment as they have a longer shelf life than finely (pre)ground spices. A package or two of whole nutmeg is also a great gift for the mixologist on your shopping list. Adding freshly ground nutmeg to Eggnog, Hot Chocolate or Buttered Rum? Yum!

Pick up a package of whole nutmeg from Well Seasoned for $2.49 and while you're there, check out our huge selection of spices and seasonings.

Root Vegetable Strata with Shitake Mushroom Gravy

A Well Seasoned Recipe - Visit us in store on 64th Avenue, in Langley, BC

Serves 4!

Ingredients for Vegetable Strata
  • 3 teaspoons butter
  • 2 ½ cups multigrain bread cut into ½ "cubes
  • 3 medium beets - cooked and peeled
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill weed
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and sliced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and sliced
  • 3 eggs, whipped
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • ½ cup grated Gouda Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish
  • Shiitake Mushroom Gravy Ingredients + Method Below
Instructions for Vegetable Strata
  1. Set oven to 350 F Mix together ground flax, oats and almond milk - set aside. Grease well a 8" or 9" x 2" round pan. Place bread cubes evenly in bottom of pan . Slice or dice cooked beets and place on top of the bread layer. Season with dill, salt and pepper. Sauté the carrots, parsnips and celeriac in a pan with a bit of oil, add the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Pour vegetables over the cooked beets and press down. Add the egg to the oat and flax mixture and pour over strata. Sprinkle with the grated cheese. Bake for 45 minutes or until set. Let sit 10 minutes to set up and then portion and serve with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy, garnished with fresh parsley.
Ingredients for Shiitake Mushroom Gravy
  • 1 small cooking onion, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup Shiitake mushrooms, washed, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon All Purpose flour
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoons Tamari or plain Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon miso (Genmai)
Instructions for Shiitake Mushroom Gravy
  1. In a medium sized sauté pan, sauté onions and garlic in Oil until just beginning to brown. Add flour and cook stirring often for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add Stock and Tamari, Stirring constantly. Add Mushrooms and Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Sauce will thicken and create a delicious gravy.

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