I come as a humble supplicant at the altar of vegancooking. My omni BF and I were watching Good Eats on the food network the other day - it was the garlic episode "In the Bulb of the Night." Alton Brown (my geek cooking hero) made these fantastic garlic mustard greens, which had both of us drooling. Then AB starts on 40 cloves and a chicken...I hit fast forward, but the BF wants to watch. I start thinking about how I can veganize. BF asks for "the garlic dinner" and I take up the challenge. Made it last night...greens were excellent, and I subbed some seitan and some tofu for the chicken, thinking white and dark...BF loved it, but I felt it lacked flavor in the tofu, so I think marinate!
Thing is, I can't figure out what type of marinade, so here I am, asking for advice. Below is the recipe, with my substitutions in (). Help a girl out in her quest to prove vegan never has to mean "I can't have that", please!
40 Cloves and a Chicken
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces (1 block extra firm tofu, cut in 8 squares, 10 pieces 2-bite size homemade seitan)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
10 sprigs fresh thyme
40 peeled cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. (dredge tofu and seitan lightly in cornstarch) Toss with a 2 tablespoons olive oil (coat bottom of cast iron skillet in oil) and brown on both sides in a wide fry pan or skillet over high heat (season with pepper and a few sprays of Bragg's). Remove from heat, add oil, thyme, and garlic cloves. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours. (some of the cloves were too done, so I'd say reduce time to between 1 hr to an hour and 15 min)
The cloves of soft garlic were amazing smooshed onto some warmed whole grain bread, and the tofu was nicely crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, but for all the lovely garlic flavor (which was making my eyes water in the living room while it was baking) it just lacked...something.
Thank you for your suggestions, and your time!