Liz (sammasati) wrote in vegancooking,

Baked Onions with Rice, Apple, and Nut Stuffing

I saw the recipe behind the cut on Emeril Live and figured it would be pretty easy to make vegan (only a couple of adjustments). I want to serve it at a Christmas Eve party. I have two questions.

1) What vegan cheese do you think would go best in the recipe? I'm thinking about a little soy parm in the stuffing mixture and not browning anything on the top. I'm also considering leaving that out all together.
2) If I use small onions rather than large ones, can you push out the center as easily? It would be better to make a bunch of smaller ones rather than cutting the bigger ones in half (there is going to be a lot of food). I'm just worried that small onions might fall apart. I might cook them in a cupcake pan and fill up each individual hole with stock and one onion.

Thank you.

6 large red onions, about 8 to 10 ounces each
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons soy margarine (originally unsalted butter)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup diced apples
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (6-ounce) package wild rice, cooked according to package directions
1/2 cup lightly toasted walnuts
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
2 tablepoons chopped fresh parsley
(1/2 cup grated Dry Jack, or white cheddar) - vegan cheese?
1/2 to 1 cup vegetable stock

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel the onions. Trim the stem ends so they will stand upright and remove the top 1/2-inch. Rub oil on each onion and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish, and bake, root ends down, until golden brown and just tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour (depending upon the size). Remove from the oven and let rest until cool enough to handle. When cool enough to handle, push out the centers, leaving a shell. Return one piece of the removed onion to each to form a bottom and chop the remaining onion centers to measure 1 cup.

In a large skillet, melt the soy margarine over medium-high heat. Add the 1 cup of chopped onion and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, apples, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the cooked rice, walnuts, sage, and parsley, and stir well. Add 1/4 cup of the cheese and stir well. Stuff the onions with the rice mixture and place in a baking dish. (Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup cheese over the tops of the onions), and add stock to come 1/2-inch up the sides of the onions. Bake until tender and bubbly, about 20 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally. Serve immediately.

source: Emeril Live
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