Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Baked Jalapeno Poppers and Guacamole (Vegan)

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Baked Jalapeno Poppers

I borrowed the recipe for the jalapeno poppers from Tofutti, but I added some shredded soy cheddar cheese that I had and baked them instead of frying them. They didn't brown up as nicely as they would have had they been fried, but they're just as crispy.
Remove the top of the jalepenos and slice down one side, removing most of the seeds. Fill the peppers with the cheeses.

Place the soy milk and the flour into two separate bowls. Dip the stuffed jalapenos into the soy milk and then into the flour, making sure that they are well-coated. Allow the coated jalapenos to dry for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Dip the jalapenos into the soy milk again and roll them through the breadcrumbs to cover.

Place the breaded jalepenos seam-side-up on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.


I served the poppers with chunky guacamole, made by combining the following:

  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 1 plum tomato, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 serrano peppers, finely chopped
  • cilantro, roughly chopped
  • juice of 1 small lime


  1. Dear bloggers of V4C,
    Is soy yogurt typically more curdle-y than dairy yogurt? I made some, and it tastes fine, but it seems to want to break into curds more than milk yogurt does. It makes sense since silken tofu breaks into large chunks more than mozzarella cheese does, but I figured you might know.

  2. Pei,
    I've never actually had soy yogurt. What did you use to thicken it? This blogger (http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/01/making-soy-yogurt.html) had better luck with agar powder than pectin (which apparently sometimes made it lumpy).

  3. It's thick enough, it just isn't exactly the same texture as dairy yogurt. But I also think we're talking about slightly different things. I made soy yogurt using a bit of dairy yogurt as a starter, so it's not vegan and doesn't require thickeners; the yeast and bacteria multiply and the soy milk thickens.

  4. Are you vegan or vegetarian?

  5. 9:45: I'm vegetarian, but prefer cooking vegan at home.

  6. Why do you prefer to cook vegan at home?

  7. I'd have no problem being 100% vegan from an eating perspective, so I guess for me it's more a question of why I'm not vegan when I'm not home. I'm thinking as I go here:

    I'm not convinced it's truly possible to be vegan unless you eat exclusively at home, with other vegans, and at vegan restaurants.

    Getting something that's actually just vegetarian can be enough of a leap of faith at times (fish sauce, chicken stock, gelatin, colorings, enriching products, rennet, shared cooking oils, pepsin, lard, etc., not to mention cooking utensils, pans, and serving utensils), that I can't imagine expecting what I order (short of steamed veggies and white rice) to actually be vegan. It would be too limiting for me.

    Even if I was willing to trust that what I was being served was vegan, I'm not comfortable being a big enough pain in the ass to demand that I be served a vegan meal everywhere I go (especially when, at many functions, there isn't even a vegetarian option). Travel would also be a nightmare--not every place and every culture is as veg-friendly as the Bay Area.

    So, basically, for me being vegetarian is enough to think about (and limiting enough) when I'm away from home. I don't gorge myself on cheese omelettes, butter, mayo, and milk when I eat away from home, but all of the "hidden" things I'd have to think about to be vegan (albumin, casein, bone charcoal, insect-derived coloring, glyceryl monostearate, isinglass, lactose, white sugar, etc.) would drive me (and everyone around me and serving me) nuts, and I'd be ending up with a salad and maybe steamed veggies at 95+% of restaurants.

  8. u can buy soy yogurt and it has a better consistantly, silk has yogurt. another brand is whole soy, both are vegan

  9. http://www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/

    dont eat soy it is toxic and causes an estrogen effect and birth defects in pragnet mothers

    soy is not a food it is a drug

    Infants exclusively fed soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula, the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day.

  10. How come none of these comments are about the poppers? Great recipe! I'm looking for snacks that I can make ahead of time, freeze in big batches and pull out as much or as little as I want. I'm thinking these would work since I am vegan now and used to always love the non-vegan version... just thinking about reheating options- probably oven again since I don't use a microwave...
    Now I need to make a vegan ranch dipping sauce. I kind of wish I had always been vegan, these cravings are so annoying.

  11. These soy warnings are so annoying. I ate soy everything while I was pg and my SON is fine.

    And formula? I breastfed my son for 2 yrs and still going, If I ever had to choose a formula it wouldn't be based on cow milk that's for damn sure. Maybe raw goat milk, but a huge freakin cow- um no. Look at all the hormones in meat and dairy, i'm not convinced that vegans consuming soy is as dangerous (as far as hormones) as omnis eating meat and dairy AND soy(which seems to be in everything processed).