Friday 8 March 2013

Alfredo sans dairy: more dairy-free edibles


Okay, so week 3 of my no-dairy fast started off with a bang. I think I’m getting into the swing of it. I invented a recipe and I’m soooo proud of myself for this one. I came home the other night and had nothing—NOTHING—to eat in the house except some coconut milk, pasta, and canned veggies. I thought to myself, this would be a good time to make an Alredo sauce, except I can’t do I called MJ and asked her how you make it. As she explained, I just substituted with non-dairy stuff. Here’s literally an accounting of the recipe.

Butter alternative (note that many commercial margarines still have lactose)
Milk alternative (I used coconut milk—the kind that drinks like milk, not the canned kind)
Vegan cheese
White flour
Peas if desired
Soup stock (the dry cube kind)

'Butter', but not enough flour yet.
MJ: “First, you’d melt about 3 or 4 tablespoons of butter in a pot.”
Jordan: “Done.” (Note: I didn’t measure, I just threw in about a handful amount.)

MJ: “Well, then you’d mix in some flour, a little bit at a time, stirring all the time. You keep adding flour ‘til it thickens up like icing. It kind of balls up.”
Jordan: (after a lot of hmm’ing and hawing) “Done.”

Butter and flour! This is called a roux.

MJ: “Then you can start adding in your milk, a bit at a time, whisking constantly. Just keep doing that ‘til you’re happy with the consistency.”
Jordan: “Wow, okay. That took about 2/3 of my tetra pack of coconut milk.” (Remember the extra all makes sense.)

MJ: “Now you can throw in a bouillon (soup stock) cube, and any spices you want.”
Jordan: “Done. And I’m adding peas.”
MJ: “Well, you do like cream peas on toast.”
Jordan: “This is Alfredo!”

MJ: “Now, if you weren’t dairy-free, you’d add a bunch of parmesan at this point.”
Jordan: “I have...Toffuti cream cheese. Let’s try that.” (Scooped about a Clementine-sized amount into the pot.)

Jordan: “It’s thickening up.”
MJ: “You can add more milk if you want.”
Jordan: “Done. And I’m adding spices.”

MJ: “That’s about it.”
Jordan: “I’m amazing! Look at me go! I have Alredo!”
MJ: "That took...18 minutes from start to finish."
Jordan: "And I've got about 4 servings here! Amazeballs!"

(Jordan then sits down with a big plate of rigatoni, and some sparkling lemonade in a wine glass since she doesn’t drink.)

Voila, my friends. Try it out. It’s delicious and it’s dairy-free! Enjoy!

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