Vegan Sunday Brunch, Episode 5: Omelets and a Bloody Mary

Heyo!

Today’s a pretty special day on my blog – not only have I never attempted vegan omelets before, but it’s our first Boozy Brunch ever!  *insert fanfare*  Mike, equipped with some bitters and my lovely juicer, whipped up freshly-juiced bloody marys (how on earth do you pluralize that?).  Drinking vodka with fresh juice makes the whole experience seem less, uh, sinful.  That, or totally sacrilegious. 🙂

But first, the omelets.

What I came up with was kinda-sorta based on the omelet recipe in Vegan Brunch with a few alterations – namely, the ratios and my method of cooking them.  First up, I spread my omelet batter in a large circle on an even larger frying pan, and then sprinkled on the toppings the way you do a pizza.  When the bottom started to turn a lovely golden color, I folded the omelet in half, pressing down, and cooked another few minutes to get the cheese all melty.  This process worked really well – no flipping required!  And the finished result was so delicious, creamy and really egg-like.  Love!

Vegan Omelets
Serves 2; adapted from Vegan Brunch

Ingredients:


1 12-oz pack soft silken tofu

1/4 cup chickpea flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/8 teaspoon turmeric (for color)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Diced veggies for omelet filling, such as onion, garlic, bell pepper, asparagus, and mushrooms (or whatever else!)
1 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese (I use Daiya)

Directions:

1. Blend all ingredients (except veggies and cheese) in a blender until smooth.  Lightly spray a non-stick frying pan* with cooking oil and heat over medium-low.  Pour half the batter into the frying pan in a big 8-9 inch circle, spreading it out a little with the back of a spoon.  Sprinkle on the diced veggies pizza-style, inside the entire circle.  Be careful not to overload the omelet or you might have difficulty folding it – a generous 1/2 cup veggies is a good estimation.  Cover the veggies with a generous amount of vegan cheese, about 1/2 cup or so.

2.  Cook the omelet for about 5 minutes, or until the bottom turns golden and easily separates from the frying pan, and gently fold it in half.  Press down on the omelet and cook for another few minutes or so, until the cheese is melted.  Remove from heat and serve plain, or with ketchup!  Or, you know, any other condiments you like.  And then repeat the process with omelet #2.

*Important note: Use a really, really good non-stick pan for this – as much as I love cast iron, it doesn’t really do the trick here unless you use a LOT more oil, and even then it’s kind of iffy.

The exterior of the omelet was slightly crisp and a beautiful golden color, and the inside was pleasantly creamy and eggy.  I’ve heard that black salt is an awesome substitute for regular salt for eggy things, since it lends a sulfuric taste and smell, but I’ve never tried it before.  Both of us loved these, and I especially loved how easy it was to make – here I thought vegan omelet making had to be this crazy complicated endeavor.  Sometimes it’s good to be wrong!

And now, here’s Mike with a drink to share!

Even though we are well into our Sunday morning adventures, today marks the beginning of a new era in brunch:  the era of the boozy brunch bonanza!  To kick things off, we figured we would start with something fresh, delicious, and even healthy!

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix:
Makes 2 large servings

1 1/2 cups tomato juice (3 tomatoes)

1/2 cup red pepper juice (about 1/2 red pepper)
1/4 cup celery juice (2 celery sticks)
1/4 cup cucumber juice (1/3 large cucumber)
1/2 cup canned tomato juice
pinch of salt and pepper

To start things off, gather your vegetables and get them juiced.  I won’t go into the details, but we found that the proportions above gave a nice, balanced flavor.  Now that we have the mix made, we can put it all together into a tasty cocktail!  I ran into one small problem while I was putting this together: no rimming salts kicking around in my spice rack!  I figured you can’t have a bloody mary without that trademark salty rim, so I decided I would make my own.

Fresh Bloody Mary:
Makes 1 large serving

1 1/2 cups bloody mary mix

2 ounces vodka
dash of tabasco sauce
few dashes of vegan worchestire sauce
juice of 1/2 a lime

Rimming Salts:

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Take rimming salt ingredients and place them in a mortar and pestle.  Grind until mostly smooth. (A note from Allysia: don’t inhale deeply with your face in the spices while you do this.)  Take a large glass and wipe a slice of lime around the rim to moisten it.  invert the glass and rub the rimming salts on the rim until they stick.  To put your bloody mary together, add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously until frost forms on the outside of the shaker.  Strain the cocktail into your glass and garnish however you see fit!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11490816021651698189 Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    I can't believe how "omelety" (is that a word?) the vegan omelet looks! I HAVE to try this! Looking forward to meeting you on Wednesday!!!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16097190577011498780 Allysia

    It's been a looooong time since I've had a non-vegan omelet, but it does look kinda like one, doesn't it. 🙂 Wednesday shall be awesome, I'll cross my fingers for good weather!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06631140173063582288 xvavaveganx

    I know I mention it every week but I love your Sunday Brunch posts! That omelet looks so amazing! I'm definitely going to have to try that I've heard the same about black salt but haven't been able to find it yet. I should just order some online and give it a try. Anyway, it looks awesome and I love the sound of a boozy Sunday brunch 😉 I could totally go for a nice leisurely Sunday brunch with good friends right about now. I will just have to live vicariously through you until I can make that happen though 🙂

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17066424084187434409 Joey

    I can't decide what I'd go for first – the omelette or the bloody mary. Actually, pour me a swimming pool of the bloody mary, I'm going in!

    I tried my first taste of black salt this weekend – there was a certain sulphury tang there definitely, but I'm not sure it made me think of eggs. Good and tasty though.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16097190577011498780 Allysia

    I know, you and your being busy every weekend! I'm assuming that the rush of weddings slows down in a couple of months though? I'm thinking that we're going to have to start throwing brunch parties so other people get to enjoy the brunch action too!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16097190577011498780 Allysia

    I have to admit that I've never been a bloody mary fan, finding them completely undrinkable. This is the first one I've EVER had that I didn't mind, and could drink the whole thing!

    I wonder if black salt is something I could find at the Indian grocery here!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14086843268492032954 Nikki

    Wow, that omelet looks so so so good. I haven't ventured into vegan omelet making yet, but I might have to change that this weekend. Perfectly paired with the bloody mary! Love the brunch 🙂