andystarr (andystarr) wrote in vegancooking,

Dehydrating 'Sour Cream'

My husband and I are going camping next week in Yosemite so over the next few days I'm preparing our food.We decided to make a few recipes from 'Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin' one of which is South Sister Stroganoff which my husband picked out and calls for sour cream. I guess he didn't look at the ingredients list close enough or thought the non-dairy sour cream we have in the fridge would be ok. This is a pretty labor-intensive recipe which requires making the stroganoff sauce then dehydrating it into a leather to pack for the trail. So I want to at least be somewhat reassured that this won't be a complete disaster.

Here's the non-vegan  recipe:

2 tablespoons butter (EarthBalance should be ok right?)
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 pound mushrooms, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp dry cooking sherry
3/4 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons all-purpose wheat flour
1/2 cup sour cream ( I have this Tofutti Sour Cream - I got it because it was on sale for like 50 cents in the dairy clearance section of the grocery store)
8 ounces of angel hair pasta

Saute the onions, garlic, and mushrooms in the butter. Add the seasonings along with the sherry, then stir. In a separate bowl, mix the vegetable broth with the flour. Combine the broth mix with the vegetables and cook an additional 5 minutes or so. Finally, stir in the sour cream and let simmer momentarily. Remove from heat and spread the mixture thinly over 1 or 2 parchment-covered dehydrator trays. When dry, crumple the leather into small pieces or chop in a food processor, then divide evenly into 2 ziplock bags. Into 2 separate ziplock bags, evenly divide the noodles.

On the trail:
2 cups of water per serving
To prepare 1 serving, put a little water into 1 bag of dried sauce mix, enough to barely cover the contents, about 1 hour prior to dinner. Bring 2 cups of water to boil and add the contents of 1 bag of noodles. Once noodles are fully cooked, drain. Add the rehydrated sauce mix and stir. Let the pot sit, covered, for a few minutes before serving.

I've had really mixed results with some of the recipes in this book (most of the breakfast oatmeals have delicious as well as easy to veganized and prep) while others have not been worth the time or effort. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
Tags: -adapting recipes, -cookbooks, pack friendly foods/camping trips, techniques-dehydrating, travel friendly foods/road trips
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