Bread Protein Balls Recipe

I love a good bread. It's absolutely one of my favorite things. Bread can deliver amazing flavor when done correctly. It can also provide exciting texture and plenty of protein.

The more you knead bread, the more gluten you create. Those already familiar with seitan know that wheat gluten is total protein.

When you add nutritional yeast, flax or other nuts/seeds,  now you have a bread that is also a complete protein.

In the interest of doing things a little differently, I decided to do little bread balls because I figured they would offer a unique textural experience to other forms of bread. I also figured they'd make a nice little snack size bite. They're easier to shape than a flat bread, can bake in the oven, and take much less time to cook than rolls or loaves. They're great for dipping into hummus too.

As you can see, they're very cute as well.

Bread Balls Dough Recipe
2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
3 tbls nutritional yeast
2 tbls ground flax seed

Revised * Mushroom Bourdelaise Smothered Potato Steaks

This is a hearty dish reminiscent of traditional steak and mushrooms. The potato steaks are brushed with olive oil, seasoned with fresh cracked salt and pepper and roasted in a screaming hot oven until crispy and delicious.

They're then smothered in a rich sauce of red wine braised mushrooms flavored with garlic, red onion and fresh parsley.

The intent is to not to recreate the classic steak and mushrooms, but rather to re imagine the rich and decadent nature of the original in an animal friendly format.

I love potatoes and personally these are some of the best potatoes I've ever had.

Potato Steak Ingredients
2 large russet potatoes
olive oil
salt and pepper

***Revised***
My original post said to roast the potatoes at 425 F. I've since determined that broiling yields quicker and tastier results.

Wash potatoes. Do not peel. Slice into thinnish planks lengthwise. Grease a baking sheet. Add potato steaks in a single layer. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Broil on hifh until golden brown on both sides. Flipping each slice half way through to brown both sides. It'll take about 10 minutes per side, but watch them carefully to avoid burning.

Mushroom Bourdelaise Ingredients
1/2 pint button mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup red onion or shallots, minced
1/2 cup red wine
2 tbls red wine vinegar
olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

Cook down mushrooms until tender in 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp salt and pepper. Add garlic and onion. Saute 2 more minutes. Add red wine and vinegar. Reduce by half. Add parsley.