heather (pinksprinkels) wrote in vegancooking,

Help! Masala wine and dried herbs

Hey guys,

So, we decided to have a sit down dinner tonight at my friends dinner party, instead of buffet style, and I was all excited to try a tofurkey for the first time, but alas, but two local supermarkets do not carry them. Luckily though, there is a delicious sounding recipe in my newspaper yesterday, but I think I might have trouble with some of the ingredients.

1 lb seitan or tofu cubes
1/2 pound mushrooms of choice, such as oysters, portabellas, or chanterelles
3 cups assorted veggies (carrots, parsnips, zucchini, cabbage and such)
2 shallots or 1 onion cut up
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 c. olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 c veggie stock
1/4 c Madeira or Marsala wine

1. Heat over to 450 degrees, In a mixing bowl toss seitan, mushrooms, veggies, shallots, garlic, rosemary herrbs and spices with the oil salt and pepper.
2. Spread the mixture in a baking dish. Add Stock and wine, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes
3. peel back foil, taste, adjust seasonings. Use liquid to baste the seitan and veggies. Return the dish to the oven to cook, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes more.

Okay. So I have a brick of extra firm tofu, and an assortment of baby bella, oyster, and button mushrooms, and zucchini, and an onion.

My questions are: How important do you think the fresh herbs are? I have all these dried, and I'm a little broke. Also, would acorn squash be good in this? I have 2 that need to be cooked soon. And would frozen veggies work? I have a bag of frozen peas and carrots, and lots of yams and potatoes, but I've never cooked with parsnips or shallots, are they worth venturing out to get?

Also, my big question, is there any other wine that i can replace the Madeira or masala with?

Thanks for the help!
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