Wednesday, October 28, 2009


No idea what a panade with no cheese is called. I would have said vegan panade, except that I will never under any circumstance call something vegan in the Chickenless Kitchen. This is out of utmost respect for my vegan friends (those who are chickenless in the most literal sense of the word) having to deal with jackasses like me who go, "Oh, yeah, it's totally vegan," and then it turns out that I was ignorant and large red kidney beans are actually an animal product somehow. Great care and effort goes into that lifestyle, and I'm not about to thwart anyone's attempt at accurate recipe research by overlooking something that I didn't consider because my cold-blooded omnivorous piehole gets stuffed full of it every day.

On that note I present to you a Non-Panade that, if not vegan, can hopefully be made so with a few simple tweaks. In any case, it can be made a number of ways with a number of results. Which is what the Chickenless Kitchen is all about.



10 asparagus spears
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, sliced thin (I used a small yellow one plus two extra slices of red)
1/2 head of garlic, cloves separated and sliced
1/3 c. dry lentils, rinsed and picked over
Salt, slightly more than to taste
5-6 slices any type of day-old bread (or in my case week-old bread), vegan if preferred
1 rooty-tuber-type vegetable, peeled and grated (I used sweet potato, but I imagine a white boiling potato or Yukon Gold would also work)
3 2/3 c. veggie broth
1/3 c. wine (I used a Spanish red that was on the sweet side)
1 1/2 Tbsp. butter or additional olive oil

(Isn't grated sweet potato pretty??)


Blanch the asparagus spears, then cut them into bite-size pieces.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low. Add the onion, garlic, and asparagus. Stir to coat in oil. Cover and cook for about 17 minutes, or until all are kinda-sorta-mostly soft.

Heat the oven to 350.

Turn the heat up to medium-high under the vegetables and remove cover. Add lentils and salt slightly more than to taste; especially if using a sweet onion, sweet potato, and sweet wine like I did. Saute about 5 minutes more or until the asparagus is soft enough to eat as is. Remove from heat.

Combine wine and broth. Place the mixture over low heat.

Divide each bread slice into 4 pieces. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 5-6 minutes, or until crispy but still light in color.

Arrange about half the bread pieces on the bottom of an ovenproof dish with an equally-ovenproof lid (I used a round casserole 8" in diameter, which worked perfectly for these ingredient proportions... small wonder, considering I'm the one giving you the recipe). Arrange half the onion mix on top, then follow with half the rooty-tuber-type vegetable. Repeat so that you have two layers of each.

Remember the tea kettle trick from the New Orlexeek Red Beans and Rice post? Aw yeah, here it comes again... transfer the broth to something with a spout, then pour it down the sides of the dish until you see a wine-tinged substance threatening to carry your top layer away in a tidal wave.

Oooohhh, doesn't it look so ominous, lurking down there?

Anyhoo, if you're using butter, cut it up in a bunch of little slabs and distribute it evenly over the top. If you're using olive oil, drizzle it on.

Bake at 350 with cover on for 45 minutes. Continue to bake with cover off for 30 additional minutes. Serves 3 for lunch with a salad; 4 if you're going to have it as a prelude to a big fat roast pheasant; 5 if you're going to have it as a prelude to a big fat roast pheasant with this for dessert... or this... or this. (Props to Salty Seattle, Food o' del Mundo, and Natalie's Killer Cuisine respectively!)

Be sure to bring the serving dish to the table, because if you divvy it up in the kitchen, it just looks like you decided your guests would enjoy a big glob of soggy bread for dinner:

This is a Patented Chickenless Kitchen Rip-Off, based on any number of traditional soups that came before it. Panade is a terrific skeleton to work with, particularly if you are just delving into the world of creating your own recipes. Please feel free to throw your hat into the ring and let me know how your version comes out.

Yesterday I mentioned my plans to do some SOLE-searching (har, har, har). All I can tell you so far is that this Friday's Chickenless Cook of the Week will interest folks who want to eat responsibly despite a hectic schedule. Please stop by and leave a kind word for him if you feel so inclined.

Tomorrow... the oatmeal clafouti recipe goes up! Better late than never (though by now I've built the suspense so much that you're going to make it and think it sucks). My Foodbuzz friends know what I'm talkin' about. For those who don't, here's an instant replay:


Beat the eggs. Whip the cream. Show no mercy.


Vegetable Matter said...

Can't speak for the vegans, but we vegetarians say 2 thumbs up to your vegepanade.

From Lab To Kitchen said...

Mmm looks like a hearty and easy meal for a rainy day (like today) :) Will have to give this a try.

the traditional gourmand said...

Looks yummy! And I also think grated sweet potato looks lovely!

Laura said...

All the colours of the fall in your dish. Amazing. the grated sweet potato looks just like grated pumpkin (LOL):)

Jenn said...

okay, so i almost didn't ask for fear of sounding stupid but i'm trying to embrace ignorance...

umm....what's a panade?

The Chickenless Chick said...

Bread and cheese with broth... Think French onion soup.

Noelle said...

Wow this is a great recipe!!!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Sounds yummy, regardless of whether it's a panade, or vegan, or whatever! Yum!

Tasty Trix said...

Yum! You know, I think that in some cases the winemaking process may actually involve animal products at some point. Isn't that weird? I think that's the real reason, and not my beloved pizza, that I could never be vegan.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the name, this is a super delicious dish! Looking forward to seeing your oatmeal clafoutis!

wasabi prime said...

Yummah -- so hearty and full of my favorite things! I just had a sweet potato last night for dinner; great flavor and so versatile!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Well with ingredients like that... you can't go wrong! Looks delish!

Experimental Culinary Pursuits said...

Looks great! I love all the fall colors and hearty flavors here in, though I think I'd be tempted to add some gruyere to cheesy up the dish (sorry to all the vegans!)

The Chickenless Chick said...

@Experimental Culinary Pursuits... any vegan who visits my blog is used to it, I'm sure!

Thanks for your compliments, guys :)